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Slideshow10 Weirdly Useful IoT Devices
Eryn Leavens
2/24/2015

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.

 

The Cat Got Stuck in the Toilet Again...
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.  
[Source: Henry Stern via Flickr]
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.
[Source: Henry Stern via Flickr]


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    — Eryn Leavens, Copy Desk Editor, Light Reading

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    KatherineSmith07
    KatherineSmith07
    4/21/2015 | 10:09:50 AM
    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! 
    pcharles09
    pcharles09
    2/26/2015 | 8:04:31 AM
    Re: Show me the way to the next whiskey bar
    @Mitch Wagner,

    The cap starts flashing when it gets too low...?

    Not a bad idea.
    ErynLeavens
    ErynLeavens
    2/25/2015 | 12:14:12 PM
    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.
    ErynLeavens
    ErynLeavens
    2/25/2015 | 12:11:15 PM
    Re: Show me the way to the next whiskey bar
    Mitch, those are magic words (and so timely!): https://www.yahoo.com/tech/this-smart-whisky-bottle-must-be-stopped-112048147009.html
    ErynLeavens
    ErynLeavens
    2/25/2015 | 12:08:55 PM
    Re: Finding Jesus with IoT
    Thanks, R Clark! It was certainly fun picking the best options.
    TeleWRTRLiz
    TeleWRTRLiz
    2/25/2015 | 11:16:43 AM
    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.
    Mitch Wagner
    Mitch Wagner
    2/25/2015 | 10:35:25 AM
    Show me the way to the next whiskey bar
    Smart whiskey bottle anyone?
    nasimson
    nasimson
    2/25/2015 | 9:33:06 AM
    Re: Too connected
    @ Phil Brit: Thats so relevant. I always had difficulty translating exercise and food into calories. So such an interface would have instant appeal for simpletons like me.
    nasimson
    nasimson
    2/25/2015 | 9:21:13 AM
    Useful and not so
    These IoT apps remind me of dotcom. Not so many useful dotcoms. The bubble soared and then the bubble collapsed. Are we heading towards IoT bubble?
    R Clark
    R Clark
    2/25/2015 | 5:37:38 AM
    Re: Finding Jesus with IoT
    You have to expect there'll be a ton of these crazy IoT stories, so well done Eryn for getting in early.  
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