Continua extends the capabilities of IFTTT by allowing you to ask questions about how your devices and services were used. For example, one might pose Continua the question "Has someone rung the door bell between 8am and 5pm?". Events will then occur throughout the day that cause Continua to answer your posed question. Continuing the example, each time someone rings the door bell between 8am and 5pm, Continua will create an answer that can then be connected to an IFTTT applet to trigger new actions, such as those that allow you to receive phone notifications each time you get a Continua answer.
Events are occurrences related to a question you have asked regarding a device or service for which you have logged with Continua using a tell applet. Events may be thought of in terms of three types: (1) Starting events (2) Ending events and (3) Tracked events. Not all questions involve all three types of events. Here are examples of history questions and the events that may be involved:
- Timeout: Say you ask Continua "Has it been 5 minutes since motion was detected in the living room?". Each time motion is detected in the living, a starting event is logged. Continua will then provide an answer 5 minutes after the starting event.
- Event heard before timeout: Say you ask Continua "Has the front door opened within 5 minutes of the front door being unlocked?". Each time the front door is unlocked, it will trigger a starting event. Each time the front door opens within a 5 minute period after the starting event, a track event is logged and Continua will provide an answer.
- Event not heard before timeout: Say you only want notifications if your children do *not* return home within one hour after school. You may set up a question to ask Continua "Did the front door *never* open between the time school ended at 3pm and 4pm?" The starting event in this case would be 3pm. The event that the front door opens would be track events. And if those track events do not occur between 3pm and 4pm, then Continua will provide an answer.
Tell applets can be set up on IFTTT so that data from your smart devices and services (like Twitter) can be logged with Continua. Read more about how you can set up a tell applet.
History triggers can be set up on IFTTT to ask questions about events that may have occurred and then trigger follow up actions. For example, you may set up a history trigger to ask Continua "Has it been an hour since motion was detected in the living room?" and then have Continua's answer trigger the smart lights to turn off. Read more about how you can set up a History Trigger.