Below are 9 Internet of Things (IoT) consumer products currently in the market.
Every day more and more devices are connecting to the Internet. Some provide real value, others provide forced value. A lot of IoT products provide the consumer with a value they can only get through technology. The devices below are some of the best IoT products that aim to provide real value, well, mostly.
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1. Amazon Echo
The Amazon Echo has topped the list of cool IoT consumer products for a couple of reasons. First, the Echo is extremely easy to setup and use. Second, the IoT device is a great example of a product that provides real value to the end user.
Having a hands-free personal assistant can be extremely convenient and helpful. Whether you need to know measurement conversions while cooking, or you are interested in knowing the forecast as you get ready for the day, the amazon echo works extremely well for many different use cases.
2. LIFX Lightbulbs
WiFi connected light bulbs are often the first step towards home automation. The cool thing about the LIFX bulbs is that they are a standalone IoT product. This means no additional hub is required for the bulb(s) to operate.
You no longer need a key for your bike lock thanks to the Bitlock smart u-lock. The Bitlock is an IoT product geared towards cycling consumers. This lock is cool because you don’t have to charge it, thanks to the 5-year battery life. The Bitlock also has a combination lock in case you leave your phone at home.
The Fitbit is one of the most widely adopted connected devices behind the smartphone. Fitbits are easy to setup and use. They also are great for setting and tracking fitness goals. Most Fitbits are water resistant and don’t require a daily charge. It is easy to see why Fitbits have become such common wearable devices.
5. Arlo Security Camera
Security cameras are among IoT consumer products that are gaining extreme popularity. The Arlo camera is a great option for keeping an eye on your home through the help of technology. The Arlo cam allows you to view the footage from anywhere in the world, and through any device (smartphone, tablet, computer). You can also mount the device virtually anywhere thanks to the wireless design and magnetic mount.
6. Nest Smart Thermostat
The Nest thermostat is another popular IoT consumer good. The smart thermostat allows you to ‘work smarter not harder’ when it comes to home automation and efficiency. The thermostat also works with Alexa voice assistant (which can be found in the Amazon Echo), as well as through your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
Perhaps the most appealing feature is the ‘auto mode’ which allows the device to learn your schedule and automatically program itself.
The FitBark is an IoT product that you attach to your dog’s collar. Think of it as the Fitbit for dogs (hence the name, FitBark). The FitBark enables you to track your dog’s activity so you can notice if there is a change in behavior. The device is also extremely rugged, so need to worry if you have an extremely active dog. Read the full FitBark review here >
8. Smart Socks
As mentioned above, more and more things are beginning to become connected. Blacksocks + are the world’s first smart socks. The NFC-enabled socks allow you to find the correct matching sock, when your socks were made, how often they have been washed, and more. Although these aren’t the most practical use of smart technologies, we had to include them on the list for sheer randomness.
9. Tile Tracker
The Tile Mate is a Bluetooth tracking device designed for people who have the tendency to lose things. You can attach the device to anything you frequently misplace, keys for example.
What’s cool is that the Tile works both ways. If you have your keys but cannot find your phone, you can push a button on the device to trigger a ‘ping’. The Tile Mate also made our list of best key finders.
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