As the trend for IoT domination continues, we are always on the lookout for the coolest new products to hit the market. Not only are these projects interesting to read about, but they also serve as inspiration for startups and even big market players that still innovate and bring new products to market. This list does not include the most popular new IoT products, but rather the ones we think not only demonstrate the current trends, but also bring more attention to fascinating inventions created by new businesses.
Let’s have a look at the goods that we all should add to our wish list.
Do you have a new IoT product and are looking to find the perfect integration? For many, the right product-market-fit is more about finding the right partner than anything else, and Bixi is one to consider. The device connects to any smart device to give it touch-free power. By recognizing ten intuitive hand movements, Bixi allows users to scroll through recipes, adjust lighting or even tweak speaker volume with a simple gesture.
Bixi is built to run for several weeks without the need for charging and works across all operating systems, making it the perfect addition to any connected environment.
When it comes to smart home lighting, consumers have many options; however, few combine lighting with other functionalities the way BeOn Home’s solution does, and this is why we include it in our IoT products list. This light bulb works with existing home lighting to provide security and safety features in addition to lighting. When paired with the enterprise app, the light bulbs can be programmed to turn on and off on a set schedule, which is fairly standard at this point.
Where BeOn Home really shines is in its integrated sound processor and microphone and machine learning. The light responds to sounds such as doorbells and smoke alarms to simulate someone being home (theft deterrent) and lights the way out of a smoke-filled home. The device even learns your normal lighting patterns and can recall them when you are away so that would-be thieves think you are home even when you are away.
MakerBot is the best known 3D printer, but it is limited in its ability to create the smallest features. Form 2 uses stereolithography – a laser draws on the surface of liquid plastic resin, which then hardens when exposed to a specific wavelength of light. The device was developed by a team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with the goal of decreasing the time it takes for teams to see prototypes of their creations. Developers that work on Internet of Things products can use the 3D printer’s touchscreen or mobile app to control resin levels and the print queue when giving shape to their latest devices.
Neo Smartpen 2
The Neo Smartpen 2 is a new addition to the paperless world. The pen works with mobile software to bring users’ ideas, diagrams and pretty much anything else you can do with pen and paper into the digital world.
Simply sketch up your latest idea and the image is synced to your smartphone or tablet. When you are ready to share your creations, upload the content using Bluetooth 4.0 to email or social media. Entire teams can collaborate on a single image at once.
ZUtA Labs Robotic Printer
This pocket-sized Robotic Printer creates full, letter-sized prints in about a minute, eliminating the final roadblock for many roaming digital nomads. Measuring only four inches and weighing less than a pound, the printer moves along the paper depositing ink. Guided by a Wi-Fi connected smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC, the printer can print on all paper sizes using a printhead on wheels, which makes it a very saleable device worth including on the list of best IoT products.
The developers created the device for those who need to create prints on the go or for home office users who are short on space and only print occasionally. The only drawback may be the battery life, which is about an hour and requires three hours to recharge.
However, this is the kind of out-of-the-box thinking that IoT developers love, and devices like this one — that completely change the way a task is accomplished — are finding a lot of traction in an increasingly mobile and connected world.
BlueSmart is an interesting take on a simple travel bag. It includes a lot of functionality that makes it not simply a bag, but a full-on connected traveling companion that must be included in the list of the best IoT devices in 2017.
It solves the problem of lost luggage due to a SIM card that helps you locate your bag using a 3G connection and GPS completely for free. It also includes two USB outputs and 10.000 mAH power bank that complies with TSA rules and can charge your gadgets. It also includes a scale that can tell you the precise weight of your luggage. You need to turn on the app on your iOS or Android and pick out your bag for 15 seconds. This makes it easy to avoid baggage fees and makes your travel more convenient.
And to finish it all up, you have access to your bag’s lock using the same mobile app. You can lock and unlock your bag when you connect to it using Bluetooth, and if you get disconnected or your device’s battery dies, the bag’s lock instantly shuts itself. Early reviews rate it very positively and, in the future, this industry will create even more awesome carry-ons with expanded functionality.
This is an exciting time for developers, product managers and anyone operating within the world of technology. This list of the top Internet of Things devices cannot even begin to encompass the scope of technological advancements today, as new products are hitting the market with lightning speed, revolutionizing the ways work is accomplished and our lives are shaped.
Take a look at other articles to get a better grasp of what IoT brings to the table in 2017 and in years to come.