The connectivity boom that started back in the 90s has culminated in the form of Internet of Things. Internet of Things simply means the infusion of internet, connectivity and data in everyday objects. Apart from mobiles, tablets and computers, household products like thermostats, doors, remotes, roofs, refrigerators have become “connected” to the world, giving an option to end users to make their lives easy and productive. In this article we will take a look at some of the hottest and best new Internet of Things devices which you could actually buy and use.
Amazon has spearheaded the internet of things industry in the modern times with its amazing product: Amazon Echo. Amazon Echo is a hardware device which works with Alexa, Amazon’s special personal assistant software service. With Amazon Echo, you can delegate tasks like booking a flight, controlling home temperature, changing songs and playlists, searching the internet and much more. Just say “Alexa, play the second best Justin Bieber songs” and it will be done. Ask Alexa about the news briefing and it will summarize all the news for you. You can ask it any question for factual information and it will answer. You can couple it with Alexa apps on your mobile devices.
Fitbit makes some of the best Internet of Things wearable devices. The latest one is Flex 2. It’s a trendy band which you can wear on your wrist. The device tracks all your activity and gives information in the form of data and graphs, showing how many steps you took, how many miles you ran and things like that. Flex 2 is waterproof. Fitbit has many other IOT devices which you can check from their website.
Google recently launched Google Home, a smart home hardware device which is pretty much like Amazon Echo. Google Home has powerful speakers and connectivity through which you can delegate your daily tasks and ask questions. Google Home costs $130.
Google Nest is a smart home device suite which actually makes your home smart. You can detect fire, use cameras to monitor your home remotely, control climate and temperature of your interiors and much more using this device. It has a smart, self-learning thermostat which could change the temperature in your house automatically.
This year, famous clothing and accessories company Under Armor came up with a great product: smart, connected shoes which track your activity. Instead of wearing a tracker on your wrist, buy these stylish shoes and track your runs and activity in a different way.
Amazon’s Dash buttons are another great IOT product. These buttons are designed to let you order products instantly from Amazon just by pressing a button. But the negative part of this product is that you will have to buy a separate button for different products. For example, the “Tide” button for Amazon Dash is to buy Tide washing powder as soon as it ends. Every button costs $5.
Garageio is a great IOT product to control your daily garage needs without any hassle. This smart system opens and closes your garage door for by taking commands from the smartphone app. It also alerts you when there is a breach and sends you a notification whenever the garage door is opened.