Every day we hear of new devices that are born into the Internet of Things. While some will come and go, we think there are some that stand out in the crowd. That will stand the test of time. Because they’re SMART, smart products with valuable solutions. Here are a few of our recent favorites:

  1. Amazon Echo: Meet Alexa. She’s the new Siri, but for your home. Using compatible devices and the Alexa Voice Service, you can play music, place Amazon Prime orders, and control the lights in your house. Oh, and it’ll still hear you when you’re rocking out to Gwar.
  2. Kinsa: Sesame Street’s gotten smart! Kinsa’s created an ear thermometer so parents can track kiddos’ health history, see what germs are going around, and get health tips, all on their phone.
    [Image courtesy of Kinsa]
    [Image courtesy of Kinsa]
  3. LockState LS-500I RemoteLock Wi-Fi Door Lock: if you’re in the market for a home locking system, RemoteLock is it. Easily manage the comings and goings of your property, and you’ll never need to leave a key under your doormat again. It’s also named one of the best smart locks from PCMag.com.
  4. Thync: Even though this wearable makes you look sort of like Borg in Star Trek, Thync’s device sends proprietary “pulsed neurostimulation waveforms” to your body to give you the right vibes to relax, get energized, and get psyched for a workout. Welcome to the future.
  5. Cronzy: A designer’s dream tool, this pen claims to hold 16 million different colors, which you can access simply by scanning colors in the real world. Though still in testing phase, you can already order one.
  6. IBM: You may have heard of them. IBM Intelligent Transportation works with city planners to build smarter transportation systems, so intuitive that it even makes sense to kids.
  7. The National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA): Not necessarily a brand, per se, but certainly an influential entity that is working towards standardization of security for the IoT. They’ve recently begun a stakeholder process to get industry leaders “together to help drive some guidelines to encourage the growth of IoT.” Hooray!
  8. SmartDiaphragm: Who knew IoT could help reduce preterm births? Though it’s very much in its early stages, this device will sense microscopic changes in a pregnant woman’s cervix, which are indicators that birth is imminent. Alerts will give healthcare providers a longer heads up and may prevent preterm birth, of which there are 15 million worldwide each year.
  9. Shockbox: speaking of health and IoT, check out this sports helmet that can sense when a hit is hard enough to cause a concussion. These are some fantastic applications for technology with important solutions.
  10. Internet of Lego: excuse us while we geek out for minute. Cloud computing and IoT enthusiast, Cory Guynn, is building a Lego town and using today’s IoT applications to build a connected city. He even uses his project to seriously address major IoT concerns like security. 
    [Image courtesy of The Internet of Lego]
    [Image courtesy of The Internet of Lego]
  11. Verizon: A tech megagiant that is using its money muscles to acquire companies like Fleetmatics, a web-based fleet-management company that tracks and analyzes data so drivers and vehicles can run more efficiently. Though it remains to be seen whether Verizon emerges as a major IoT player, these types of deals certainly help their chances.
  12. Jenn-Air: Their Connected Wall Oven uses Innit technology (which we’ve already talked about) to automate cooking in high end ovens. With a slick app and state of the art sensors, cooks will barely have to know a thing. (Just kidding.)
  13. Anova Culinary: Using their precision cooker, home cooks turn into professional cooks using the device with an app that guides you through the whole process. All you need is the cooker, a resealable bag, and a pot. Super cool.
    [Image courtesy of Anova Culinary via Amazon]
    [Image courtesy of Anova Culinary via Amazon]
  14. Phillips: Taking the next step in wearable devices like FitBit, Phillips’ Personal Health Program is a network of devices like a scale, blood pressure thermometer, and watch that connects to an app. They work together to provide highly accurate data and offers targeted healthcare recommendations. Not as spiffy looking as other wearables, but still a cool way to connect multiple devices for one common goal.
  15. DADO: Yes, we will say it. We’ve got some exciting things happening this year, and we believe we are just as cool (if not cooler) than the Internet of Legos. Stay tuned!