Scott has solar power and occasionally, the system will pop a breaker and go off. But he won't get notified that it's happened, even though he has an IP based system. How can he set up a text message that can notify him when it happens? Leo says if it was public, you could use a service like If This, Then That, to send you a text. But since it's private, then you may have to create your system using an old computer or raspberry pi to run a process that would ping your system to see if it's up and running.
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Leo isn't sure how this will work, but TiVo is now supporting If This Then That, as well as Amazon Echo and others. TiVo also announced it would have a 'Super Bowl Skip' feature that would skip over the actual football game and show the commercials.
Lee wants to know how he can be notified of a call on his iPhone 7. Leo says that if he looks at his phone icon, he'll see a red dot with the number of calls. Then he can tap it and see what calls he missed. What about an audio notification? Leo says that If This Then That may be able to give him what he needs. He should try the iPhone app, but Apple is pretty restrictive on opening up the iOS architecture. So that could be something it just won't let him do.
Brian has several Rasperry Pi computers for a DIY security camera network. Leo says he shouldn't DIY to save money anymore, he should just do it to have fun. Brian had an intruder (a critter) come in last night, and it wasn't lit very well. Leo says he'll want an infrared camera. Motion sensor lights would be a good idea as well. Leo says that half the fun of making is to figure out what's next and how to make it better.
Jim is blind and he's been building up the capability of his Amazon Echo with more skills. He wants to be able to dictate and send email. Leo says that Amazon Echo can work with If This, Then That, and he can find out how to send email with it here. There's also this article by the Verge on how to do it.
Liz can't find her phone and she wonders if she can use her Amazon Echo to find it. Leo says she can. There's a capability in the phone that will cause the phone to ring so she can locate it.
She can also set up that same feature using If This Then That. There is one called Phone Finder for the Echo.
Karen finally got her Amazon Echo and she loves it. Leo says he just got his as well. This market of smart assistant technology has really been driven by Siri, Cortana, etc. Echo is the smartest one so far, Leo thinks. Leo says Amazon seems really committed to it.
There's also a great free service called IFTTT (If This, Then That), which will allow Karen to create recipes and set up automated tasks.
Dan wants to schedule to publish a post on Tumblr. He wants to schedule it out months, maybe even years. Leo says that if he can put in a date, Tumblr will publish it. Leo says that Tumblr will only allow users to schedule 300 posts in advance, so that's something to pay attention to. Leo also suggests If This Then That, which has an automated option.