So we are talking about the Internet of Things (IoT) also referred to as Internet of Everything because everything is and will be connected in the near future. There is no shortage of new ideas for connected devices and everyday we are looking at simple items trying to figure out what the advantage would be for us if they were online.
Here are some of the craziest ideas of connected things which actually are online. Our question is: Would you really buy it?
Yep. Smart fruits! You want to check the well-being of your banana – let your orange do it for you!
While a connected banana might be nonsense as you can see them turning brown (knowing that they are perfect for a shake now) connected food is already reality! In some cases it really makes sense. Want to check if your meat has been kept cool and fresh during each step of the supply chain and where it comes from? RFID tags are already in use to track meet, pharmaceuticals and more.
Food Tracking – From Farm to Fork! (Illustration: Carl DeTorres, Source: IEEE Spectrum)
A cup that tells you it is full and sends an alert before it overflows is probably not something we miss from our lives.
But wouldn’t it be nice if you could get information about the beverage you fill in your cup? Vessyl, a 13-ounce cup developed by Justin Lee can display the nutritional content and sync the data to your smartphone. This is actually quite helpful to keep track of your nutrition and also to control what your are drinking as the device knows the difference between strong and weak coffee or Coke and Coke Light. You can buy Vessy for $199 here.
We have smart watches on our wrists, why shouldn’t we have smart clocks on our walls? They could sent the time directly to your phone. If you want that – and you probably won’t.
Ok, connecting the watch to inform us about the time on our smartphones would be stupid. That being said, there is a another approach: Swallk shows how to transform your wall clock into a cool and useful device. The company currently develops a clock which displays the weather forecast, your calendar details, your text messages and – believe it or not – the time and date! Actually we would really like this thing hanging around in our office!
Imagine your plants answering your phone calls. In silence. Because plants can’t speak.
Click & Grow, an Estonian based company, did not make your plants smarter or teach them how to talk but the team made the pots they are kept in intelligent. The “Smart Pots” provide the perfect amount of water and light to the plants. The smart devices will also remind the owner to refill the water tank before it is empty. Interested? You can get the pots here with prices starting around €80.
No, you should not connect the buttons of your shirt to the internet – if you want to know if they are open or closed look at them!
But it is astonishingly clever what a connected push-button can do for you. Under the name Flic, a Swedish team of entrepreneurs and engineers has developed the smartest button you can get. The small device is currently crowdfunded on Indigogo and already reached over 700% of its $80,000 goal. Flic allows you to trigger actions on your smartphone, tablet and other Bluetooth enabled devices.
There are tons of new ideas everyday and actually most of them aren’t nonsense. So what’s the best way to keep up with the flood of new innovations? Return to our IoT blog every now and then for the highlights or scroll through Indigogo’s and Kickstarter’s tech sections to dive in to the whole ocean of ideas.