A recent report from research company IDC claims that the global market for the Internet of Things will hit $1.7 trillion by 2020. While there are certainly a lot of kinks to be worked out before IoT truly makes inroads into our quotidian lives, the stream of items made smart is increasing from a trickle to a river.
Some IoT ideas are more…fanciful than others. Maybe not so practical. So here’s of group of new IoT products that you might actually want to use. Granted, not all of them are available just yet, but you’ll be able to get in early—and maybe get some backers’ booty as well.
- Google’s new OneHub router will get you connected to Wi-Fi, but it’s also an in-home IoT hub employing Android communications—this looks like Google’s entry into a unified IoT device.
- French start-up Cicret is heading into development stage for its bracelet that turns skin into a screen. Will this mean a (quick) end to smartwatches?
- It’s never too early to think about snow: Vail Resorts has unveiled EpixMix Time, an app that uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals gathered from other skiers to let you know how long you’ll have to wait in the lift line.
- Claiming the title of “World’s First Connected Luggage,” bluesmart suitcases come with an embedded SIM card from Telefonica that manages the connection with their network and Smart m2m platform. With your smartphone, you can track your luggage, digitally lock it, and even charge your devices with the built-in ports. So even if you land in London and your luggage in Lisbon, at least you’ll know where it is.
- Some of us—mere mortals that we are—just throw some things in a bag for a picnic or a trip to the beach. But not those with a Coolest. The Coolest might look like a conventional cooler, but oh, it so isn’t. It has a blender, a Bluetooth speaker, a USB charger, a built-in LED light to help select the right brew in the ice, and more. Priced at just under $500 (and still in the pre-order stage), these devices target folks who are serious about outdoor life.
- Here’s an idea that might help you get out of bed in the morning: MOVE is a Bluetooth-enabled gadget that controls window blinds. It basically adds a motor to corded blinds, and it can be programmed for light and weather conditions, and put on a schedule. If you really want to get up at the crack of dawn, your MOVE will make it happen.
- Simple, but smart, and not just IoT smart. Roost is a smart battery that sends a notification when it’s getting low. It’s 9 volts and designed for smoke detectors, and sends alerts to smart phones when it needs to be replaced, and when the detector is sounding.
- Remember the Clapper? Welcome to Knocki. It’s a small puck-shaped gadget that can be stuck all over your house and responds to knocking. Want a light turned on? A notification when some actual snail mail arrives? Your coffee maker to get with the program and brew up a cup already? Knocki uses built-in Wi-Fi and also can be managed with Android and Apple iOS apps.
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