We all knew that the Internet of Things (IoT) was going to radically change the world and how we interact with it. Nonetheless, it’s fascinating to see the various forms IoT has assumed during the holiday season and the exciting products you come across online and in retail stores. So, as you draw up a list of gifts to buy for your friends, family, nieces and nephews, keep in mind these interesting smart gifts.
Wifi enabled Coffee Maker
Who doesn’t enjoy waking up to the smell of fresh coffee first thing every morning? Of course, the problem is that you have to drag yourself out of bed to brew a fresh batch of your favorite brew. Not anymore! Mr. Coffee 10-Cup Smart Optimal Brew Coffeemaker is a Wi-Fi enabled coffee maker. It can be switched on remotely or you can program it to switch on according to a schedule using the WeMo app. This means your father can fire the machine while he’s still curled up in his bed and he will have his cup of coffee waiting for him.
The iRobot Roomba
Cleaning your home from top to bottom is never an enjoyable chore, but it does get a whole lot easier when you get your mom the iRobot Roomba 980. This self-propelled vacuum cleaner has been around for a while now, but the latest version has been powered by IoT.
With an app of its own, you can connect to the device from anywhere in the house and ‘command’ it to clean with just a tap on your smartphone. You can even schedule the vacuum cleaner to get to work at a specific time and choose the mode at which you’d like it to function.
If your brother happens to be a fitness freak with an obsession for gadgets, this running shirt is just the gift for him. The D-shirt has been developed by Cityzen Science, a startup in France. Weighing just as much as a regular shirt, it records a person’s GPS location, heart rate, speed and temperature.
The data is sent to a detachable transmitter that’s located on the back of the t-shirt. From here, it’s relayed via Bluetooth to an app in your smartphone. D-shirt will monitor progress while your brother is out for a run or a bike ride, allowing him to see a summary of his performance when he comes back.
Mimo Baby Monitor
We haven’t forgotten the other members of your family at all. Your sister who’s just had a baby would love the Mimo baby monitor – a sleep suit that doubles as a baby monitor. It tracks the baby’s activity level, breathing rate, temperature, and body posture. The data can be viewed in real time by the parents on their smartphones.
Hello Barbie from Mattel
If you have a niece, pick up the much talked about Hello Barbie from Mattel. Hello Barbie is the first ever interactive Barbie doll in the world. With this digital makeover, Barbie will be able to connect to Wi-Fi, allowing her to chat, tell stories and jokes, and play interactive games with your niece.
Whistle Pet Tracker
In all this celebration, why forget your darling pooch. The Whistle Lab’s collar not only tracks your dog’s location, but also collects data regarding his age and weight. A smart new accessory for him and peace of mind for you!
It really is a merry Christmas this year, and all thanks to IoT.