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The SIGNUL Beacon Channel is Live on IFTTT!

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We are extremely excited to announce that the SIGNUL Beacon Channel has officially launched on IFTTT!

IFTTT (If This Then That) integration was, far and above, the most frequently requested feature during the inception of SIGNUL. We were very fortunate to get the opportunity to create an early release Beta channel thanks to the great folks at IFTTT. Today, we’re proud to be able to share that channel, along with some of our favourite IFTTT recipes for everyone to use.

How does SIGNUL work with IFTTT?

First of all, a quick IFTTT refresher. IFTTT is based on a very simple formula called a “recipe”. It looks like this:

Recipe

 

Our SIGNUL channel allows you to use SIGNUL Enter/Exit Zone Events as the Trigger in your IFTTT recipes:

IfSignulPretty cool – now, you are triggering simply off the presence of your smartphone (which likely means your presence, if your phone is tied at the hip the way ours are).

From there, the possibilities become very exciting! IFTTT ties together literally hundreds of services which span everything from social, to home automation, Google Drive, and more.

 

How Physical Context Can Streamline Your Digital World

In our opinion, the most exciting part of all this is the ability to influence your digital world simply based on your physical context. This can be a bit tricky to digest at first, but once you think about some of your day-to-day routines, the applications become apparent, and extremely relevant.

Here are a few of our favourite recipes and what we use them for:

Slack – Check Ins

IFTTT Recipe: Let Slack know when you've arrived at work connects signul-beacon to slack  Slack has changed the way teams collaborate and enabled a paradigm shift in effective remote communication. We use SIGNUL + IFTTT to automatically post arrival and departure messages to our Slack channels so that we know when folks are actually at the keys.

Twitter – Messaging

IFTTT Recipe: Send a Twitter DM when you're leaving work connects signul-beacon to twitter

Tweeting is an incredibly versatile action. Ranging from everything to posting a daily update, or sending a DM to a friend when you leave work, Twitter benefits greatly from context changes like arriving at work, leaving work, getting home, getting to the gym and more.

 Google Drive – Timesheets

IFTTT Recipe: Update My Timesheet When I Leave Work connects signul-beacon to google-drive

Maybe you’re trying to get more from your day, or maybe you need employees to check in and check out for billing. Integration with Google Drive, and Sheets in particular, can create automated time tracking and check-in/check-out systems using SIGNUL+IFTTT. This has been a very popular integration for many of our early commercial users.

Home Automation

 IFTTT Recipe: Turn on your Nest Thermostat when you leave work connects signul-beacon to nest-thermostat

IFTTT Recipe: Turn your lights on as you arrive home connects signul-beacon to smartthings

During the Indiegogo campaign for SIGNUL, we heard one message loud and clear – people saw a lot of great applications for SIGNUL and control of their home automation products. IFTTT is the ideal platform for this bridge between the physical and digital world because most of the world’s top home automation providers have created IFTTT channels for controlling their products.

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We’re extremely excited to see what automation people can enable using SIGNUL+IFTTT and hope to see amazing things that were not possible before. Smartphone as presence is a very powerful concept in home automation.

 

Wrap Up

We’ve just scratched the surface here with our initial introduction. We sincerely hope you are as excited as we are, and can only imagine some of the creations that will be possible once everyone starts to harness the power of the SIGNUL Channel.

Please keep us posted, share your cool recipes, and let us know what you have wired up. Happy IFTTT’ing everyone!

 

Photos of Assembly and Shipping

Hi SIGNUL Fans,

Many apologies for the lack of updates recently – we’ve been heads down wrapping up the final phase of production, and are very excited to say that we’ve just shipped out the first batch of SIGNULs.

The rest are following shortly behind before the end of the week. Thanks again for your support and patience. We’re working hard to get everything boxed and delivered ASAP over here.

Programming SIGNUL's with our batch programmer

Programming SIGNUL’s with our batch programmer

 

All 3 SIGNUL colours, pre-assembly.

All 3 SIGNUL colours, pre-assembly.

 

Boxed and Ready to Go

Boxed and Ready to Go

 

The build table (Yes, these are hand-built)

The assembly table (Yes, this part is done by hand)

 

Ready for Canada Post to Pick Up!

Ready for Canada Post to Pick Up!

 

 

 

 

The Great SIGNUL Launch Giveaway!

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SIGNUL is almost here! To celebrate the launch, we are going to be giving away SIGNUL beacons to 25 of our mailing list subscribers. Winners will be chosen at random from our mailing list on Monday, August 31.

Sign up at the top of this blog, and then tell all your friends – we’d love to be able to send you the latest news as we approach our launch date for SIGNUL, the world’s first personal beacon system!

 

Shipments!

The Very First Shipment

The Very First Shipment

Perks have begun to ship! We’ve started with the 3D Printed Early Release SIGNULS and SIGNUL Maker Kits. If you’re one of the early backers, keep an eye on your mailbox over the next couple weeks. Your SIGNULs should be arriving.

Production units are a little behind where we had hoped to be, but coming on for a very strong finish. We have an extremely exciting new form factor to unveil once it has been signed off on by our plastics partner. We anticipate production units to be available early to mid April. Stay tuned for updates!

In the meantime, we’ll keep cranking out the early perks. It feels great to ship these out to our backers!

Stack o' SIGNUL

Stack o’ SIGNUL

iOS Submission

Production SIGNUL Build

Production SIGNUL Build

 

Very excited to announce that our production build for iOS has been submitted to Apple for review. We have been submitting builds throughout the development process, but this is our first gold candidate that will be released to the public!

Android is only a few days behind, and we expect to have it on Google Play early next week as well.

This paves the way for us to start shipping hardware! We have our 3D printed perks on the shipping line, and will be sending those out this week. Our goal is to have them arrive just as the apps hit the App Store and Google Play so that our early backers can join with us in celebrating the first deliveries!