Internet of Things: Holiday Gift Ideas 2016

December 27th, 2016

Internet of Things / Wiki // Zee

Since Internet of Things was one of the key trends of 2016, here’s a gift guide, in case you’ve been waiting to treat yourself or someone close to you to a belated Christmas present. Holiday spirit is still in the air!

Security Technologies

There are dozens of IoT solutions in this area. For example, a system called Presence 360 transforms old mobile devices (iOS as well as Android) into a smartphone security robot’s eyes.

Using a free Presence app and a smartphone, Presence 360 senses motion and records video of activities, alerting the owner in case the motion is detected.

The Indiegogo campaign of People Power Co. that makes these security robots were fully funded and you can order Presence 360 for yourself ($99 + shipping).

Google’s Nest and Apple’s HomeKit are also working hard on helping people manage their home security systems. Besides simple temperature controlling devices, they offer solutions that can check gas leaks, make sure there’s no smoke at home and more.

To control these systems on iPhone - Nest, HomeKit, and WeMo - you can use an app called myHome Plus (additional bonus is that it’s free).

Optimizing Home Life  

Many people like the IoT services so much because they automatically do what people had to do before “by hand.” Popular applications include interior lighting control systems. For example, Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Kit now costs an affordable $34.99 and works out of the box.

Smart connected devices can optimize one’s life, saving users’ time and money. Take air conditioning, for example. No one enjoys coming to a hot sweltering or freezing cold apartment, and at the same time, no one wants to pay extra money for the A/C to be on all day long. Thank God for Internet of Things devices like Sensibo that you can use to set the air conditioning and temperature just right using your mobile phone.

There are other companies - both large and reputable like General Electric and Whirlpool as well as startups such as Chai Energy - that offer IoT solutions to save money and spend less energy.

Chai Energy analyzes the data from your power usage and provides free recommendations on how to use the resources more efficiently and save.

Internet of Things in Medical Setting

We have written about digital health numerous times, but let’s take a closer look at what you can buy for yourself or for your loved ones.

GlowCap company offers several solutions to help people remember to take medications. Besides reminders, it also sends a notification to chosen user’s phone to say that the meds were taken.

Caring for elderly is becoming slightly easier as well with systems such as BeClose. On one hand, the older family member doesn’t lose the feeling of freedom (compared to being constantly monitored by nurses and other staff). At the same time, he or she can feel the confidence that if something goes wrong, they are not alone.

Parenting Made (A Bit) Easier

Being a parent is tough, let no one pretend otherwise. (There are certain great bonuses, but who hasn’t been tired at one point or another?) However, with the IoT solutions, life gets slightly easier.

Have a child that’s sick? Checking the temperature of a kid is not something that is always easy. Teddy to the rescue!

Teddy the Guardian is a soft plush toy that has the ability to check the temperature and heart rate by a simple tap on the bear’s paw. The worried parents and doctors will be able to see the data on their mobile devices in real-time.

Knowing where your child is also a nice application of the Internet of Things technologies. There are plenty of smartwatches for kids, but GPS trackers are a separate category of devices that can pinpoint the exact position of the person you’re looking for.

Finally, a little something for sleep-deprived parents of newborns. Fisher Price offers a SmartConnect Sleeper, a cradle that parents can use to calm their baby. Catch some Zzz’s yourself, while your baby naps in comfort.  

Personal Activity Trackers

People love learning information about themselves (consider how many psychological tests there are) and the wearable technologies make it even simpler. Aside from medical tools, there are trackers that measure person’s activity during the day (and some continue tracking at night, for example, the user’s sleep).

Among the devices that gained more popularity, this year was the new version of Apple Watch (starting at $369) and FitBit Blaze (starting at $199.95).

Simple and clear analytics make these devices very convenient to use and have been known to save people’s lives by alarming the user because of irregular metrics.

Making Everyday Life Prettier

Few can afford to spend thousands of dollars on sensors and technology integration in their home like Bill Gates, Microsoft founder, who has a giant screen with famous works of art and photographs displayed in his home in Seattle.

However, Internet of Things is becoming more and more affordable and there are many solutions that can decorate the interiors of modern homes. One of such solutions connects Weather Channel with abovementioned Philips Hue lighting system. You can set it up in such a way, for example, that it would color a part of your apartment blue if rain is forecasted. Or, if you have a party coming up, you can trigger “party lighting.”

Our lives, whether we want it or not, are affected by technologies around us and it’s better to be in the know.

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Author: Zee

Blogger, reader, and an avid learner of all things new. She is in charge of the PR and Marketing at Grossum and has been here since the company was just a tiny little baby. In her free time, Zee enjoys pretending she's a nerd by studying quantum physics, astronomy, and programming basics.

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