IoT Innovations We Didn’t Know We Needed

The Internet of Things (IoT) brought with it an endless array of opportunities to help make our lives easier by connecting everyday objects to the Internet, sometimes making them seemingly self-reliant. There are great innovations on the horizon and some already here. Then there are others, whether just in ideation or already manufactured, will leave you scratching your head. Food that Cooks Itself We’re constantly on the go these days and between work, yoga classes, doctor’s appointments, and getting the kids off to school, who has time to cook? New restaurants pop up on a daily basis and there are even delivery services that will pick up your food from a restaurant and deliver it to your door for you. We might as well just invent technology that can cook dinner for us, and it seems that some people are already on top of this. For starters, the Crock-Pot WeMo Smart Slow Cooker is a fun new invention. This thing allows you to monitor and adjust cooking times from your smartphone. You can literally cook pot roast while you’re at work. Why stop there, though? Personally, my biggest problem is cooking on the grill. Having one of those that can tell exactly how long to cook your meat to get it just the right amount of medium would sure make family BBQs a little easier. Well, it turns out, that one’s coming too. You’ll be able to fix dinner with voice commands soon enough. Making the Roads Safer One of the biggest devices IoT developers are going to look to down the road will be vehicles. Imagine a world in which congestion, traffic and wrecks can all be avoided because the cars on the road can all talk to each other. It looks like something that many people are already putting some thought into. They’ve already got something similar for cyclists with the ICEdot Crash Sensor. Sensors in both cars and roads would communicate traffic problems, could possibly brake the car in case of an emergency and maybe even drive the car without any assistance from us at all. It sounds like something out of a Sci-Fi film, but it may not be as far away as we think. Healthy Vanity With the influx of Instagram, selfies and Snapchat invading the Internet it’s not like we really need more reasons to stare at ourselves, but this one might make it worth the extra shot of vanity. The Cybertecture Mirror has been around a few years now, but it doesn’t have a wide release into homes across the country. The mirror essentially monitors your heart rate and can tell you if you’re about to have any problems just by looking into it. It picks out the light pattern of your heart rate (how your heart rate affects your blood pattern and pulse) and is able to determine your overall health. Imagine if this thing were hooked up to the Internet a little further. It could potentially become an in-home doctor. Integrating technology that could monitor not only your heart, but test your sight, breathing and hearing could clue you in to any array of potential problems that might need attention. The Internet of Things Could Literally Be Your New Friend We’ve been talking about it for what seems like forever, but it looks like robots capable of “thinking” and interacting with us are finally here. Case in point is Jibo, the World’s First Family Robot. Jibo is an artificially intelligent Internet-connected robot that can see, hear and learn. He acts as a maid, helps the kids with homework and even provides modicum of security for your home. That’s only the beginning. Jibo is sort of an all-in-one appliance that also serves as a camera that recognizes when you’re posing for a shot, a messenger that can also recognize your family members’ faces and a phone that provides video calling. If he weren’t so tiny he might be creepy. If we’re already at the point of developing something like Jibo, how long until we have appliances that do all of the cooking and baking for us, mops and vacuums that know when to clean up themselves or, and this would be awesome, maybe leashes that can walk the dog for you? The IoT opens the doors for a whole new world of at-home appliances designed to give us the freedom to use more of our day doing what we love. Photo By Keoni Cabral/Flikr

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Ben Kerns is a fan of all things related to technology and the Internet, especially when it comes to discovering new ways to further merge the two together. When he's not plugged in, he enjoys the great outdoors, healthy living, and singing off-tune to cheesy country songs.

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