Remember when the internet was only on computers?
Whether you’re aware or not, you probably come in contact with several connected devices during your daily routine. In fact, there will be an estimated 26.6 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices by the end of 2019.
From your watch and fitness tracker to refrigerators and mirrors, it seems everything is connected now. Up to 70% of consumers already own a voice-activated system, such as Google Home or Amazon Alexa. But what about the next great IoT innovations?
Here are three Internet of Things examples that show just how far the technology has advanced.
1. Internet of Things and Medical Devices
Healthcare and medical manufacturers are experimenting with IoT technology to improve patient care and monitoring.
Personal fitness trackers that will monitor basic health functions like your pulse when you work out have been around for years. Some manufacturers are now developing devices that will keep a record of specific health functions, like blood pressure, oxygen levels, and even brain waves.
Right now, patients with these devices need to visit a doctor in order to download the data. However, it won’t be long before this information can be accessed remotely so medical professionals can monitor their patients in real-time and potentially receive advanced warnings for a serious health issue.
Devices like this will have a major impact on the quality of patient care and controlling certain healthcare costs.
2. Internet of Things and Cars
All of those driverless cars you hear about on the news rely on connectivity and real-time analytics to function. And it’s not just robot cars that use Internet of Things.
Modern vehicles today can gather important environmental information, like temperature, weather, and even road conditions. Based on this data, systems in these cars can make modifications or adjustments to improve performance and safety for occupants. The amount of data these vehicles are collecting is growing by the day. Cars are expected to produce 350 MB of data per second by 2020.
In the near future, IoT-enabled vehicles will send performance information straight to car dealerships so technicians are better able to diagnosis the problem and prepare for a fix. Some cars are already doing this. Techs might even be able to remotely tweak your vehicle’s systems so you can avoid a visit and long wait at your local dealer’s service center.
3. Internet of Things and Smart Toilets
One of the most unique Internet of Things examples today is found in your bathroom.
Kohler has introduced the Numi Intelligent toilet. This throne of thrones features customizable ambient lighting, a heated toilet seat, foot warmers, and automatic flush. And, of course, it connects to Alexa to play your favorite music while you do your business. Plus, it can be programmable to individual users.
All jokes aside, we’re not far away from a time when your toilet can analyze your waste and make recommendations to your diet to live a healthier lifestyle.
These examples all started as just ideas, and there are plenty of other great ones out there in Silicon Valley. It’s up to developers to take their visions and find a way to incorporate them into daily life and other connected devices to provide a benefit to the user.
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