22. June 2017
Sometimes IoT products will make you say WTF.
The Internet of Things (IoT) has come a long way. Case and point: a hair brush that monitors hair health via an app.
These connected products are meant to solve problems and make our lives easier. But as the number of IoT products continues to grow, you might find yourself wondering: Are these products really necessary?
Ready to track your plaque? Kolibree's toothbrush connects to an app that tells you how long you've brushed and if you've missed any spots. Photo credit: Kolibree
The tennis racket of the future? French racket maker Babolat equipped their tennis racket with a sensor and gyroscope, in order to provide data on a tennis player's movements, where the ball hits the strings and how much spin a ball has. Zepp, a US company, offers similar sensors for different sports, like golf, soccer and baseball. Photo credit: Babolat
There is no shortage of companies offering IoT water bottles. Hidrate Spark's water bottle glows when it is time to drink, pairs with FitBits and smartphones, provides a hydration history and let's you know where the water bottle was last used. Photo credit: Hidrate Spark
Are you a plant killer?Thanks to Click and Grow, your houseplants stand a chance! Everything is fully-automated and you simply refill the water tank every month. But you have to remember to refill the tank. Photo credit: Click and Grow
MailHaven's smart mailbox lets users track their packages from their phone and know exactly when the package arrives. Photo credit: MailHaven
Is Fido fit? With FitBark's tracker, which attaches to your pet's collar and syncs to their app via Bluetooth, you can monitor your pup's activity and sleep. Photo credit: FitBark
Blacksocks' black socks are "probably the smartest socks in the world." But the question is why they need to link to our smartphone? Clearly because sock wearers need to know when the socks were produced, how often they've been washed and whether they are correctly matched in their original pairing! Photo credit: Blacksocks
Need a hair coach? Probably not. BUT just in case, Kérastase and Withings created a smart hairbrush to help you tease out data about your locks. The smart brush monitors the health of your hair and how your hair care routine varies. The app even offers personalized advice based on humidity and how an hard or soft an individual brushes. Woah. Photo credit: Kérastase
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