Internet of Things, still outside the grasp of many
If you were looking to have your mind boggled, baffled and amused, you have only to check the growth of IoT. In case you’ve forgotten, IoT stands for the Internet of Things, and is the tech push to get literally every thing on the Internet. In fact, an alternate name is the Internet of Everything. Take your pick, it is amazing, and at times amusing.
How quickly Internet of Things is growing also amazes. It is estimated by IDC, premiere marketing research group, that there will be 40 times more devices than people on the Internet in 2020. That’s calculated from 5 billion people and 212 billion things on the Internet. “The momentum of the Internet of Things is driven by several factors. It is without a doubt that business and consumer demand exists and will continue to expand for the Internet of Things solutions,” said Carrie MacGillivray, program vice president, Mobile Services, IoT and Infrastructure at IDC.
Here are 16 mind-boggling examples from a slide deck by Vala Afshar, that features 40 Internet of Things solutions contributing to a $14.4 trillion market. Now, that is mind boggling!
- The HAPIfork is an electronic fork that helps you monitor and track your eating habits. It also alerts you with the help of indicator lights and gentle vibrations when you are eating too fast.
- Smart Tooth Brush The Beam Brush is a connected toothbrush that engages users with their daily hygiene routine.
- Smart Egg Tray Egg Minder syncs with your smartphone to tell you how many eggs you’ve got at home (up to 14 eggs) and when they’re going bad.
- Smart Washing Machine Smart Aqualtis is the first Indesit Company washing machine designed to be integrated in ‘Smart’ ecosystems, covering a wide range of use cases.
- Smart Piggy Bank The Porkfolio wirelessly connects to an app on your device so you can track your balance and set financial goals from afar. Its nose lights up in celebration every time a U.S. coin is inserted and it holds up to $100 in quarters.
- Smart Home Security – Canary is a complete security system packed into a single, device. It adapts to your home over time and sends intelligent notifications with HD video directly to your smartphone.
- Smart Lighting Control – Control your bulbs one at a time or altogether. Find just the right shade of white. Pick that perfect tone to match the moment. Or recreate any color from a photo.
- Smart A/C – Aros learns from your budget, location, schedule, and usage to automatically maintain the perfect temperature and maximize savings for your home.
- Smart Sleep System – Visualize your sleep cycles, understand what wakes you up, and compare nights. From the palm of your hand you can control your personalized wake-up, and fall-asleep programs.
- Blood Pressure Monitor – Simply slip on the cuff, turn on the Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor and the Health Mate app will automatically launch.
- Dancing Robotic Spider – The TX8 is now Wi-Fi enabled, this opens up a lot more possibilities to the number of things you can do (plays poker, does Rhumba) and the ways the robot can be controlled. Comes in regular plastic or creepy hairy skin.
- Smart Mirror – A reflective mirror with programmable applications and digital display for the home, office and public environments (hotels, hospitals, retail shops).
- Smart Cardio – eCardio is a single component, dual-modality remote cardiac monitor.
- Smart Doorlock – The Genie Smart Lock – A door lock that allows you to lock and unlock your home using your smart phone, bluetooth keyring or computer.
- Smart Socks – Socks infused with proprietary 100% textile sensors. They are paired with a Bluetooth Smart cool and detachable anklet that delivers accuracy in step counting, speed, calories, altitude and distance tracking.
- Smart Shirt – Monitors how your body behaves over time, includes heart rate recovery and breathing at rest, to monitor improvements in health.
Now we get it! The Internet of Things is really quite tangible. As close as your keys, mobile or watch. Or your socks and shirt! When they call the Internet of Things the Internet of everything, there’s a really tight fit.