IFTTT has brought its Do Button to Android Wear, effectively turning Google’s smartwatches into customizable remote controls.
The Do Button app connects with various Internet services and lets you set up basic commands that can be executed with a button press. For instance, you can create a button to log your work hours in Google Sheets, block out the next hour as “busy” in Google Calendar, or toggle a Philips Hue connected light bulb. You can even have a button that calls your phone to get out of a bad conversation.
The most obvious benefit is for connected home products, especially those that don’t have their own Android Wear apps, or whose apps are more complicated than you might want. Garageio’s smart garage door opener, for example, doesn’t offer Android Wear support currently, but with Do you can rig up your own button to control the door from your wrist.
Apple Watch users needn’t feel left out; Do was one of the first apps to support Apple’s smartwatch when it launched in April. IFTTT also offers an Apple Watch version of Do Note, which lets users send voice notes to various cloud services, but so far this app hasn’t gotten the Android Wear treatment.
Why this matters: Do’s single-button commands are ideal for a smartwatch, where you generally want to spend as little time interacting with the device as possible. With a slew of new Android Wear watches on the way from Motorola, Huawei, and Asus, and recent software updates that make launching apps much easier, Do is arriving at just the right time.