You've undoubtedly heard about smart refrigerators and home temperature monitors, but how familiar are you with connected cattle and gardens? There's a whole weird world out there of connected devices, ready to take over your life.
Intel estimates that by the year 2020, there will be 26 connected things per person. That's an increase of 185 billion new smart devices in the next five years. So basically, your scale will be connected to your fridge, which will be connected to your exercise equipment. But it goes far beyond that. Everything that you can imagine being connected (and many things you would never think of) will be made into smart devices.
Click on the photo below to enter into the sometimes wonderful, sometimes bizarre, and often useful world of the newest breed of connected things.
You've already got an (amusingly hackable) connected toilet, but what can you do to involve your pets? Get a connected litter box! Tailio ($179, pre-order) is a health-monitoring connected scale that sits under your litter box. The downside? It still requires manual cleaning. If you never want to clean the box again, check out CatGenie (starts at $229), a not quite connected yet highly self-cleaning system that connects to your cold water supply line.
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Self Cleaning Litter Boxes The best innovative new device I've gotten for my pet lately is a Litter Robot. This thing is the best self cleaning litter box out there. My kitty loves how clean her litter box is 24/7, and I love never having to handle litter or waste!
Re: Useful and not so That's a really interesting idea, nasimson. I think the emphasis on producitvity might make a difference here. If IoT does fail though, I fear that all of those devices might take on a life of their own and start some sort of rebel connected army. Let's hope we keep control.
Danger Will Robinson! Not to be a downer, but the first "murder by Internet" was to have occured by the end of 2014. The New IP featured that pleasant thought in our super special Halloween special A Killer App. I'm wondering if it happened? The game's afoot to find out.