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How Does If This, Then That (IFTTT) Work in Sonic Captivate?

Erin Reichert, MS

September 16, 2019

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How does If This, Then That (IFTTT) work in Sonic Captivate?

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In this technology age, we need to be smart. If This Then That (IFTTT) brings the Internet of Things to Captivate. When we first launched Enchant, which deployed our first introduction to the IFTTT world, there were about 300 internet-connected devices out there. Now, there are over 550 internet-connected devices and services, with more things being added to these platforms every single day. Many companies are introducing an array of options and technologies to make a difference for people that use smart technology.

How does this work? Figure 1 shows a diagram to help explain the process. The Captivate hearing instruments are connected to the smartphone, and the smartphone is then connected to the internet. The IFTTT is a service to connect to applications (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, etc.). It's not that the hearing instrument is directly connected to the cloud. The instrument goes through the smartphone, the app itself, and that is what's connecting to your IFTTT service. 

Figure 1. Flow chart of the IFTTT process.

Our hearing instrument, Captivate, works with the GO service, which is the interface between Captivate and other services in IFTTT. Our SoundLink 2 app is developed by our Research and Development team. When you download the app, you can have a demo mode to become familiar with it. If you are interested in learning more about IFTTT, we offer a 30-minute spotlight course that goes into more detail about IFTTT, as well as the Internet of Things and how our instruments work with technology. If you have any questions on this, I encourage you to reach out to our audiology services team. 

This Ask the Expert is an excerpt from the interview, Captivate - What Life Sounds Like. For more information, please visit www.sonici.us or the Sonic Expo Page on AudiologyOnline.


erin reichert

Erin Reichert, MS

Director, Professional Services

Erin Reichert is the Director of Professional Services at Sonic and is responsible for Audiology Services as well as Customer Care.  Her primary focus is to create world class support and service in every interaction with Sonic.  Prior to her current position, she held various positions of increasing responsibility within the company, most recently having been Manager of Audiology Services. Prior to coming to Sonic in 2016, Erin worked in a private practice serving south-eastern Minnesota.  She received her Master's Degree in Audiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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