I'm wondering if Maker could be used to do this? Trick would be how to trigger it at a preset time.I do not believe you can do that with IFTTT on its own. As someone explained to me early in this thread, IFTTT can have only one "If" trigger. There is no way to combine two conditions into one recipe.
I'm wondering if Maker could be used to do this? Trick would be how to trigger it at a preset time.
Right off the bat you're hitting on the major limitation of IFTTT as it currently stands: only one IF trigger is permitted per recipe.
Yes, this is what I see as the difficulty. I could theoretically run a cron job on my Linux box to do the lookup, but that's getting complicated. Maker could probably offer the ability to run at preset times too...Not as far as I can tell.
You can have the IF part be that it's 10pm via one of the calendar triggers
You can have the IF part be that your Tesla is not plugged in (sent as a Maker trigger)
but you need a hypothetical IFTANDTTT (If This AND This Then That) to make this work.
You can have an external program do the AND part first and send the results into IFTTT as a single trigger
You can chain to gather a bunch of Maker events with an external "web hook" app that checks that it both "after 10pm" AND "Tesla is not charging"
So silly. It should't be hard to make a user friendly service with a bit more logic and some simple comparisons and conditional triggers.
The more I look at this problem and home automation in general, the more I see that there are too many different devices talking too many different languages. IFTTT seems to be an effort to pull them together, but it has a LONG way to go...I have written and tweeted IFTTT many times to get them to incorporate some kind of Boolean logic or nested recipes. Not even an acknowledgement.
Unfortunately, most of the ideas I've pondered require (or might require) some support from Tesla. Or require an account with a variety of other apps. It would be ideal to consolidate! To name a few:I have a heavily automated home with about 70 devices connected to my smartthings hub, and have yet to find a good use case to connect my MX to Ifttt or the hub. I use the excellent android app Dashboard for Tesla to notify and (when needed) automate charging.
I think you are correct that this would require a variety of services and apps.Unfortunately, most of the ideas I've pondered require (or might require) some support from Tesla. Or require an account with a variety of other apps. It would be ideal to consolidate! To name a few:
- remind me to plug in if it's a certain time in the evening and not yet connected.
- check my calendar for meetings the next day and note locations - remind if more range than typical is needed (so I can up the charge level that night) if a distant meeting is recognized.
- use the GPS information in the car to trigger other recipes beyond the Homelink and air suspension the car does already.
- provide notification of vampire loss and warn if the car has been left idle and unplugged too long.
- start the HVAC if my phone gets within a certain distance of a geofenced parking lot
- turn of my home security when I enter Homelink geofenced area