Homes already have intelligent devices beyond the TV remote — garage door openers, coffee makers, laundry machines, lights, HVAC — but each has its own arcane steps for programming. User research now shows that “trigger-action programming” could give users a reliable and simple way to control everything, as easy as “If this, then that.”
A group of computer science researchers from Brown and Carnegie Mellon
universities may have found a workable programming solution. Through a
series of surveys and experiments, the researchers show that a style of
programming they term “trigger-action programming” provides a powerful
and intuitive means of talking to smart home gadgets.