Hive's smart thermostat gets IFTTT's recipe-based automation

Link your heating to over 300 smart home products and online services.

If you own one of Hive's smart thermostats and are looking to get more from the connected appliance, today is your lucky day. The British Gas-owned company today announced that it's teamed up with IFTTT to provide recipe-based automation for the thermostat, allowing you to connect it to 300 other products and services.

Like the other smart thermostats already on IFTTT, Hive's pre-built recipes include automated responses to the weather -- like "If the temperature outside drops below 5°C then boost my heating" -- and boost the hot water output if it detects you've finished a run on Strava. There's also a BMW-specific recipe that will turn on your heating when you're less than 30 minutes from home.

With 300 channels available, Hive can be linked to smart home appliances like Amazon's Echo (if you've managed to get one in the UK) or be set to turn off your Hue lights as soon as you leave the house. The official Hive app already has a few smart features baked in but IFTTT will let take another step towards truly automating your home.