Internet of things (IoT) has opened a plethora of possibilities for people across the world. Smartphones, smart homes, and smart cars are only some of the glaring examples of this fascinating technology connecting devices, automating processes and minimizing human intervention.
When the digital world gets connected with the physical, breakthrough results can come up. We look at some unique and amazing IoT applications and their impact on the world:
Smart Waste Management
Smart waste and recycling systems are keeping cities in the US clean. The waste units have sensors by which they give real-time updates, informing collection staff about waste pickups.
Fashion services now provide options to build your product – shoes or clothes – from scratch. Materials, colors, styles, and prints can all be customized by shoppers. Personal fashion assistants guide the users for better choices, evaluating individual tastes and budgets, and tallying them with market trends.
Smart inhalers give asthma patients reminders on medications and collect data for guidance on care. They also provide predictions for allergens and readings on the quality of air. These smart inhalers use BlueTooth when connected to an app, or a sensor for an existing inhaler. The global smart inhalers market is expected to reach $198 million by 2022.
IoT has enabled precision farming with smart irrigation methods like drip irrigation and variable rate irrigation that reduce water wastage. Further, harvesters can be controlled from remote locations. Sensors give a measure of moisture in the soil. Using artificial intelligence (AI) analysts gather metrics on crops and weather changes. The overall good news is that crop production is improved significantly.
IoT embedded fitness machines, like exercise bikes, come with screens, connected to trainers and instructors. These are being used in homes as well as gyms. The bike can extract information from your wearables.
While small children don’t carry phones, the IoT toys are equipped with mailboxes through which messages are sent and received. Some toys come with cameras, allowing parents to keep a watch over kids. GPS trackers connected to toys can help locate missing toddlers. Toy robots boost learning for children. Toys with sensors can help check a kid’s temperature.
Smart toothbrushes have sensors that send information to an app on connected smartphones. They usually use BlueTooth. Personal brushing trainers can help with dental hygiene and plaque control. They can guide on how much time to be spent on brushing.
App-controlled toasters can print design on toasts. When the toast is done, people are notified. Users can use smartphones to activate salt shakers to release a pinch of salt. These salt shakers are run on batteries and connected with BlueTooth. Food thermometers plugged into electronic devices provide temperature readings. Robotic food processors can prepare food with inputting information online.
These amazing examples show only a few possibilities about the immense possibilities that the internet of things can offer. According to IoT analytics, by 2025, there will be 21 billion IoT devices. IoT healthcare systems, IoT software testing, and IoT security systems are a few highly promising avenues for this technology. IoT will surely continue to surprise us with its continuing applications.