10 Most Unusual Smart Devices - That Still Can Be Useful
Smart technology devices include billions of objects of all shapes and sizes – coffee machines, lightbulbs, driver-less trucks, wearable fitness devices, jet engines, and many more – all equipped with sensors and communicating data through the Internet. It is estimated, that by 2025, some 75 billion smart devices will be connected to the Internet-of-Things. That’s about 15 devices per person!
Many people are now familiar with the concept of a smart home or a smart kitchen, even smart toys have found their way into our children’s lives.
But there are also some, let’s say unusual, smart devices out there. Let’s take a look at some examples.
Hydrate Spark – Smart Water Bottle
Plenty of apps have been developed to help you keep hydrated, which eventually provide insights for developers to create innovative water bottles. Mett the Hidrate Spark STEEL Smart Water Bottle that tracks water intake and glows to remind you to stay hydrated.
Sensor technology tracks your every sip and syncs your progress to the free Hidrate Spark hydration tracker app via Bluetooth.
Glowing light patterns illuminate the entire bottle to remind you to drink more water, either at regular intervals or when you are behind on your daily water goal.
Belty Good Vibes – Smart Belt
More than just a fashion accessory, Belty Good Vibes is the very first smart belt integrating Artificial Intelligence that contextualizes the activities of your everyday life.
Rather than providing only raw data, Belty offers feedback about the rhythm of your life. It goes beyond statistics and helps you to be more aware of the quality of your everyday experience.
The smart belt is much like a fitness buddy, it promotes activity, challenges them to consistently increase amount of activity than the day before, counts steps, encourages relaxation and remains completely in tune with the user’s body.
Furbo Dog Camera
The Furbo Dog Camera is an interactive camera that helps train a dog with a connected app that lets you see, talk, and even give treats to your dog when you're away. Keep close with your furry loved ones, no matter where you are.
See in super clear 1080p Full HD, 4x zoom, 160° wide-angle and night vision. It's the best-of-the-best pet cam out there.
All your 15-second video clips are saved within Cloud Recordings, so you can play back all the activity you missed during the day.
Know exactly what’s going on at home and be alerted of emergencies in real time: dog barking alert; dog activity alert; home emergency alert; person alert.
Ember Smart Mug2
Designed for home or office, Ember Mug2 does more than simply keep your coffee hot. It allows you to set an exact drinking temperature, so your coffee is never too hot, or too cold.
Ember then maintains your chosen temperature for 1.5 hours with the Ember Mug2 10 oz and 80 minutes with the Ember Mug2 14 oz – so your hot beverage stays perfect.
Ember is a connected device. Use the Ember app to set your temperature, customize presets for your favorite drinks, receive notifications when your desired temperature is reached, personalize your mug and more.
Integrates with Apple Health so you can track and monitor your daily caffeine consumption.
NORA Smart Sock Baby Monitor
Track your baby’s heart rate day and night, indoor and outdoor, at home or on a road trip; Monitor the foot temperature to ensure it's comfortable; Keep an eye on the sleeping position to make sure it always sleeps on-back. Keep tracking the sleep history as it grows every day for sleep training. Use it anywhere with a direct Bluetooth link to iOS 13+ or Android 10+.
The NORA Smart Sock Baby Monitor is for newborns to 3-years-old.
HAPIfork – Smart Fork
Eating too fast leads to poor digestion and poor weight control. The HAPIfork, powered by Slow Control, 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. Every time you bring food from your plate to your mouth with your fork, this action is called: a "fork serving".
The HAPIfork also measures:
– How long it took to eat your meal.
– The amount of "fork servings" taken per minute.
– Intervals between "fork servings".
This information is then uploaded via USB or Bluetooth to your Online Dashboard on HAPI.com to track your progress. The HAPIfork also comes with the HAPIfork and HAPI.com apps plus a coaching program to help improve your eating behavior.
Withings Sleep Tracking Pad
Featuring a simple one-time setup under the mattress, the Withings Sleep Tracking Pad helps improve sleep quality by offering advanced sleep cycle analysis (deep, light & REM), heart rate tracking, and snore detection.
Delivers a daily Sleep Score. You can also create a better sleep environment by taking advantage of a range of smart home capabilities that Withings Sleep can support.
Health Mate (a free iOS and Android app) users can add this Alexa Skill to get motivated or simply check in with progress. Just say, “Alexa, ask Withings,” and discover sleep trends by day, week, or year.
Smart Egg Tray
OK, this is not truly indispensable but just show you how far some manufacturers go to make things connected. Meet the Quirky Egg minder. It syncs with your smartphone to tell you how many eggs you've got at home (up to 14) and when they're going bad.
Wirelessly connects to your mobile device to track the number of eggs you have and tell you when they're going bad.
In-tray LED lights indicate the oldest egg, while push notifications alert you when you're running low.
Hatch Baby Grow Smart Changing Pad and Scale
The Hatch Baby Grow Smart Changing Pad and Scale and the Hatch Baby app that comes with it help you to monitor your baby's weight gain, growth progression, and more by syncing the scale automatically with the app.
Combining a traditional diaper changing pad with a built-in, wireless smart scale, Grow helps you to easily track infant health metrics, providing reassurance to new parents from home.
This smart changing pad automatically records your child’s weight in easy-to-read charts, providing invaluable insights into your child’s feeding and sleep patterns. Grow offers the ability to compare growth percentiles with recent WHO data.
Valpas Bed Bug Catcher
And finally an ingenious solution for hotels from Finnish company Valpas. They have developed a system that is bioengineered to respond to the natural behavior of bed bugs, and the company has integrated it into IoT technology.
The system keeps guests and the hotel safe from hitchhiking bed bugs by capturing them and squashing them—inside the bed leg. The IoT platform notifies the hotel of prevented incidents. The system is designed to work around the clock to annihilate bed bugs before they become a problem.
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