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IoT is here to start some trends

The concept of the ‘Internet of Things’ has great potential since, essentially, anything that can be switched on and off can also be connected to the internet.

The advancement of the Internet of Things (IoT ) continues to grow, and the technology is already considered vital to the progress of different sectors, such as energy, manufacturing, supply chain analytics and connected vehicles.

But honestly, it’s also just pretty damn cool, and has led to some useful but quirky products to appear on the market. Here are some we found to be cool/terrible/hilarious:

1. Smart Light Bulbs

Smart lightbulbs let you switch, dim and change colours of the bulbs from an app to change the mood of your house. Pretty cool!

String of light bulbs

2. ZEEQ Pillow

If you take your sleep this seriously, you might want to take a look at the ZEEQ pillow. This pillow has an in-built speaker to play music, a sleep tracker to show the quality of your sleep and somehow stops you from snoring.

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3. Flosstime

Flosstime is a floss dispenser that reminds you if you haven’t been flossing enough. For people who lacks in the self-discipline department, this might make flossing that bit easier.

smiling mouth showing teeth

4. Uber – Spotify

This team-up initiative is a more relatable service on the list. If you are a user of both Uber and Spotify, you can play music from your phone in an Uber and your music will be playing as your ride arrives. Simple, but pleasant when you want to unwind after a big night.

person driving car

5. Quirky – Egg Minder

Who wouldn’t want an egg tray with wi-fi connection? This egg tray lets you see how many eggs you have left in your dispensary and reminds you when supplies are low.

eggs on toast

6. Furbo

There are monitoring cameras and pet tracking devices out there, but do any of them let you shoot dog treats? The Furbo is a pet monitoring device that lets you see and speak with your dog, as well as give him treats if he’s being a good boy.

happy dog

7. Energy Management

Here’s something that’s actually cool and super useful (and a cheeky bit of self promotion). carbonTRACK is an intelligent energy management platform lets you see how much energy you’re using in your home, as well as remotely switch appliances and large devices. It works even better with solar panels, because you can see how much electricity you make or export away from your house.

energy management interface

There is no shortage of possibilities for smart devices. IoT is improving our lives both a large, industrial and economic scale, and on a day to day basis. There’s no doubt that the Internet of Things will continue to grow as we become more connected with technology, and more connected to each other. At carbonTRACK, the Internet of things is at the heart of our technologies, and we’re excited to push the limits and see the power it has for improving people’s lives.

Want to learn more about how IoT can help automate your life? carbonTRACK can make your house a smart home. Find out how it works here.