7 objects that you did not know are IoT

Beatriz Sanz Baños    23 October, 2018

Internet of Things, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence keep expanding to all areas of our lives, improving the productivity of companies, governments and people.

The amount of everyday objects integrate these technologies does not stop growing. Here are some examples:

  1. Smart slipsole

Footwear is an essential element for our comfort, but also a valuable source of information. Thanks to the connected slipsoles we can know the number of steps we take each day, as well as the distance and duration of our routes and trace our routes by GPS connection.

  1. Coffee maker

In a connected world, people can have coffee ready when they get out of bed. Smart coffee makers prepare it at the desired time, warn when the capsules are running out, monitor the water level and alert if they need maintenance operations.

  1. Trackers

There are IoT devices with GPS tracking incorporated into all types of objects, such as watches for seniors and backpacks with which parents can always know the location of their children, in addition to receiving alerts if they leave a  previously stablished security perimeter. These trackers are also installed in suitcases and bicycles, which allows us to locate them immediately in case of theft or loss.

In a similar way, sensors in collars allow us to keep track of our pets, as well as monitoring their body temperature, sleep habits, their diet and even emit ultrasounds that calm them in dangerous situations. These tools give us the option of transferring updated information about their daily activity and their health status to the veterinarian.

  1. Smart refrigerators

How many times do we realize that we forgot to buy something just when we have come back from the supermarket?

This can change thanks to the creation of intelligent refrigerators able to monitor our food stock and warn us of the need to buy an item. Likewise, they can inform us when the expiration date of the food is near or detect an inefficient order of the products.

In addition, intelligent refrigerators control basic aspects of maintenance and energy management such as temperature, humidity or if we have left any door open. Moreover, some have a touch screen and voice assistant that offer users information on recipes or the nutritional value of the meals.

  1. Drones

The number of unmanned aerial vehicles has multiplied in recent years. They are already support elements in sectors such as agriculture, where they facilitate the monitoring of the state of the fields, the detection of pests or a more efficient fumigation. They have also increased efficiency in freight transport or construction.

Similarly, drones are a key element for public safety. They help in the prevention and extinction of fires, as well as in other natural disasters such as floods or earthquakes, where they exercise decisive tasks in the evaluation of damages and the search for people.

  1. Smart bracelets

Another of the IoT applications in the field of health and sports are smart wristbands. These gadgets are used to measure parameters related to physical exercise such as the number of steps or distances traveled. This allows us to have, through an app, all the information on our smartphone without having to wear it during physical activity.

  1. Sensors for watering the garden

Smart garden sensors monitor environmental conditions such as the degree of humidity, temperature, and the level of sunlight or the state of soil fertilization. The only remaining task is to use an application to transmit this data to our mobile phone. Thus, users know at all times if there is a need to water the garden.

The digital transformation is unstoppable. The scope of connectivity between objects will continue to grow. It is a reality that benefits us all, since an intelligent environment is more sustainable and efficient, which makes our day to day life easier.

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