Internet of Things - CES Edition
JAN 8, 2014

Internet of Things - CES Edition

One of the hottest topics this week at the International Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas will be the latest trends in smart Things. Over the past year, we have seen appliances like the Nest’s Thermostat and Smoke Alarm or Philip’s Hue lighting systems become more mainstream and this year’s show should not disappoint to highlight new Things that will be connected to the internet in 2014, such as:

  • Babolat Play Pure Drive Tennis Racket- embedded sensors integrated into the handle allow players to have access use information like power, impact locator, type and number of strokes (forehand, backhand, serve, overhead smash).. all synced to the smart phone app.
  • Koilbree Smart Toothbrush - which will monitor and report both use and duration, targeted for helping parents ensure children brush properly.
  • Crock-Pot WeMo Slow Cooker - Crock pot with a WeMo app which allows users to adjust temperature and set timers to ensure proper cocking via a smartphone or tablet.

All these devices will transfer data and controls to your target device to help automate your smart things. Shawn DuBravac, the chief economist and director of research for the Consumer Electronics Association, noted during the CES “Trends to Watch” presentation that smartphones and tablets now start to act as hub devices for all your connected devices.

With all of these things connected to our smartphones, the Internet of Things will push these kinds of companies to keep app quality and mobile compatibility in the forefront of their development efforts as early adopters/product champions are critical to innovative and game changing product launches.

The other topic that will become interesting to watch is app-to-app interoperability. Today these devices all work independently of one another but as soon as we start talking about something like home automation for thermostat, lights, security, appliances and entertainment users will begin to expect their light app to talk to their security app and appliances. That will create the next great challenge for these point solution providers but that is a topic for the Internet of Things 2.0.

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