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1. The commute
From your laundry to fridge magnets, here are 12 innovative devices to further connect your life.
The example: TravelSafely
Currently deployed in Atlanta and other major US cities, the TravelSafely app provides verbal warnings for various traffic issues, including red lights, speeding, and emergency vehicles.
2. Hospital wear
The example: Xenoma E-Skin Pajamas
Designed for hospital patients, Xenoma E-Skin Pajamas can monitor vital signs and movement through embedded sensors.
3. Bathroom mirrors
b CareOS smart health and beauty hub and Kohler Verdera Alexa-enabled mirror
4. Home fragrance
The example: Moodo
The Moodo smart fragrance box holds four scent cartridges, and the user can create their own custom home fragrances and control which one is spraying via the connected app.
5. Motorcycle helmets
The example: Skully Fenix AR
The smart Skully motorcycle helmet will use augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI) to boost riders’ safety, with features like 360-degree awareness, a rear-view camera, and hands-free calling and music. The helmet is slated to release this summer.
6. Athletic gear
The example: Harmon smart athletic clothing
Want to take that fitness resolution to the next level? Smart athletic clothing, like this tank top from Harmon with embedded sensors that track health data that could help the wearer improve their performance.
7. Weather analytics
The example: Understory
Understory utilizes sensor technology to track weather analytics. The proprietary sensors allow them to beat legacy weather data collectors, the company says.
The example: E-Vone smart shoes
Potentially useful for older people and people constantly on their feet, the GPS-equipped E-Vone smart shoes can detect when the wearer falls and sends an alert to an emergency contact.
9. Wine rack
The example: Caveasy smart wine rack
The Caveasy rack can help wine fans track what wines they have and when they’re best to drink. Users take a photo of the bottle’s label, add the photo to the connected app, and place the bottle on the rack.
The example: Washlava
With Washlava, you can reserve and pay for laundry machines via a smartphone app. For people using a laundromat or other communal washer and dryer set-up, being connected can cut down on wait times and reduce the need to constantly have quarters.
11. Kitchen magnets
The example: NFC-enabled refrigerator magnets
Spirits fans can scan these connected kitchen magnets to be directed to an online marketplace to order one of six Campari liquors. The liquors can then be delivered straight to the user’s home, skipping the liquor store line.
12. Pet care
The examples: Catspad and YaDoggie Bluetooth-connected dog food scoop
Regardless of if you’re a cat or a dog person, some form of pet item is now available in a connected form. Catspad (shown) is a smartphone-connected device to automatically supply food to your cat, and YaDoggie is a Bluetooth-connected scoop for dog food that lets you know when you’re close to running out.