Offbeat IoT Devices for 2017
The growing popularity of the Internet of Things (IoT) is making manufacturers discover new levels of connectivity to appeal to consumers. Every physical thing is being looked upon as an opportunity to be connected, even something as mundane as a toothbrush. The result is that the market is seeing the rise of quirky IoT devices.
Here is a roundup of ten such “connected things” of 2017 that caught our attention.
1. Echo Look by Amazon: The latest in the Amazon league is its connected camera called Echo Look. Priced at $200, it is inbuilt with the capability to judge how a person “looks,” i.e., it is your very own personalized fashion advisor. A sleek and sophisticated look is in itself fashionable! The fashion sense is inculcated with a Style Check feature through an app, which compares two outfits and advises you to take the best-suited one.
2. Ara smart toothbrush by Kolibree: This artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled toothbrush makes for smart brushing by collecting data about the user’s brushing habits and, based on this, provides brushing feedback for optimal oral health. Priced at $129, Ara is your answer to the perfect dental hygiene!
3. Smart mirror by HiMirror: At a price of $259, the smart mirror allows users to analyze their appearance in terms of skin condition, and recommends suitable skin-care routines. Forget blemishes, large pores, and other blots, and be your beautiful best with the best suggestions. It also has an LED makeup lighting feature with five different settings.
4. Smart Table by Panasonic: An intelligent kitchen and dinner table, it allows the user to check social and online engagements right on the counter by viewing content on the wooden surface. Its intelligent capabilities also heat or cool food that’s kept on it. This table is in the prototype stage.
5. SmartBed by Sleep Number: The latest edition in the Sleep Number Series, the Sleep Number 360 SmartBed makes blissful sleep a cinch. It self-accommodates the sleeper’s movements and makes adjustments accordingly. It even has snore-detection capabilities and lessens the noise by adjusting itself. It has an automatic foot-warming technology for a warm and comfortable snooze.
6. Smart Pillow by REM-Fit: As if the smart mattress was not enough, REM-Fit has come up with the Smart Pillow, ZEEQ. It plays music, monitors sleep levels and habits, and has snore control. Current prices are around $249.
7. FridgeCam by Smarter: A smart kitchen gadget, the FridgeCam allows the user to continuously monitor fridge content, even when outside. This makes grocery-shopping decisions convenient and accurate. An aligned app gathers data about stock and expiry dates, and recommends grocery usage before they go bad. It is priced at $149.99.
8. Robo-pet Kuri by Mayfield Robotics: Part-assistant, part-pet, Kuri is your home companion and digital assistant. It is voice controlled and locomotive with wheels and area-mapping capabilities, and it can be asked to check out what’s happening in another room. It can be pre-ordered for $699.
9. Smart Fragrance by Aera: Designed for the smart home, this smart fragrance houses different fragrances that can be triggered with an app. It can be scheduled in advance; for example, when you are expecting guests to come over. The current price is around $189.
10. Connected Hairbrush by L’Oréal: The Kérastase Hair Coach is a connected hairbrush that acts an expert at measuring hair quality and analyzes hair routines. Powered by Nokia’s Withings technology and a microphone, accelerometer, and gyroscope, it can identify brushing data patterns. Connectivity with a companion app makes communication with the user easy.
These unique IoT devices are proof enough that IoT has changed the way we eat, drink, sleep and, in short, live our daily lives. The advanced technology spells smart comfort and convenience for the modern human being, who wants everything ready on a platter.