Internet of things, also known as IOT, is a network of everyday devices, appliances, and objects equipped with computer chips and sensors that collect and transmit data through the Internet. It also one of the fastest growing technologies today. As of right now there are an estimated 31 billion IoT devices worldwide and that number is only increasing. This fast growing technology is giving companies across all industries the ability to think outside the box on how to provide their clients with useful and ingenious services. Here are a few companies already leading the way.
SkyBell – A smart video doorbell that allows users to operate within their home or remotely with HD Video that connects directly to their smartphone. They can also use night vision and motion sensors to alert them of visitors or potential intruders.
June – Has developed an smart convection oven. It uses an HD internal camera that can identify what is being cooked as well as assist by offering recommendations and configure appropriate custom automated cooking programs. It’s like your very own personal chef right in your kitchen.
MyMDBand – This wearable device acts as medical emergency bracelet. Providing emergency workers with the coordinates and medical information about the wearer in their native language. Medical data includes prior medical conditions, allergies, current medication, vaccines and recent medical tests. The IoT medical emergency bracelet also automatically alerts emergency contacts, providing updates on the wearer’s location and situation.
Awair –Awair’s product Glow is an air monitoring device that tracks toxins and chemicals within the air, then offers recommendations on how best to improve air quality. Results are sent directly to the users phone and connect to additional smart devices like google home or amazon echo to automatically enable humidifiers, air clears and more.
Invosia Triby is a smart portable speaker that can be stuck directly to your refrigerator or wall offering Alexa voice service. Leave digital messages, set alarms, engage in hands-free calls, control your smart home devices, ask for news and play music anywhere in your home.
Kinsa– a smart thermometer that in addition to tracking your temperature will also offer personalized guidance on how to treat your illness, advice you when to contact your physician, set alarms for medication and dosage as well as track illness’s in your area.
Click and Grow – Don’t have a green thumb? Click and Grow can help users manage an indoor herb garden, flower garden, or edibles garden. The garden is self-watering, allowing technology to do all the heavy lifting.
Each business is providing its users with revolutionary ways to do day to day activities. But the potential of IoT technology goes beyond consumer devices and into solving the worlds common issues. Working towards delivering positive economic and social impacts. Starting with the following issues:
Air pollution – Each year more than 3 million people die from air pollution. So it’s no surprise that cities around the work are developing ways to monitor air quality, reduce traffic congestions and carbon emissions. equip Google has setup sensors that are measuring air pollution levels block by block. Identifying pockets where pollution may be higher than expected and provide recommendation reduction.
Water conservation – In rural Africa, many get their water directly from wells using hand pumps so it critical that all pumps are working as expected. By installing smart pumps, a repair team can be notified immediately (and automatically) of any issues or malfunctions for timely repairs.
Feeding the world – farmers are installing sensors in the soil to track temperatures, humidity and water moisture. Allowing them to water crops only when needed. Reducing water usage up to 40% as well as producing optimal crops.
Saving Critical Species – With the global bee population declining, researchers are scrambling for ways to reverse the trend. By collecting data on bees using micro sensing technology researchers can gather valuable data on factors impacting their ability to pollinate.
The possibilities are endless on ways to incorporate IoT technology in creative and helpful ways.