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App of the Week: Taskzy

Not everyone needs the entire functionality of IFTTT – and for people looking to get started off in contextual automation, Taskzy is perfect

Geeks have been automating their digital actions for a while now. IFTTT has been a particularly popular platform to do this, and almost every geek who is into automation will have used it at one point in time. But, one thing that deters a lot of people from using IFTTT is the complex variety of options available. And for exactly such a selection of aspiring geeks, Taskzy could be the perfect stepping stone onto contextual automation.

The app works on five simple anchors, or ‘fences’ as it calls them – the headphone, the weather, the location, the user activity (walking, running, sitting etc) and the time. The automation options are limited here as well – you can essentially just open an app (or let the app remind you to open an app via a notification) when one condition is fired. But it is the combination of various conditions that make it interesting.

Choose or make your own

For instance, you can create a pair where you can ask the app to open Ola when it’s raining outside, it’s 8 pm, you’ve got your headphones plugged into your phone and you’re at your office. It works on an action-situation pair. Where the action mostly defines the app that’s going to open up, the situation defines the state of one or many of the ‘fences’ mentioned earlier. You could choose one of the many predefined situations or create your very own.

The options there are quite interesting. For instance, it lets you choose your state from ‘in vehicle’, ‘on foot’, ‘on bicycle’, ‘tilting’ and more. Overall, this app might appear weak to any seasoned geek, but it acts as a perfect primer for anyone looking to automate some very basic stuff and get the hang of contextual automation.

 

 

Arnab Mukherjee

Arnab Mukherjee

A former tech-support desk jockey, you can find this individual delving deep into all things tech, fiction and food. Calling his sense of humour merely terrible would be a much better joke than what he usually makes.