This is a phrase that you’re going to be hearing everywhere for the next few years. It relates to the fact that more and more everyday items are becoming internet connected. Part of this is the wearable tech we talked about last week but there are so many other items out there that have internet connectivity that you’d never have imagined. From pens and notebooks to cookers and refrigerators.
Here are some of the more interesting products that are already out there on the market.
Whirlpool’s Green Kitchen
This is a whole kitchen system that will help you live a more green lifestyle. Clean water will be captured, undergo anti-bacterial treatment and then be stored in an external water tank under the sink. This water will be used for the dishwashing cycle, saving up to 7 litres of water per cycle.
This recycled, purified water can also be drawn from the same tank to water plants, wash the floor and so on. The tank will be connected to the fridge compressor, this will heat the water for use in the dishwasher.
AGA iTotal Control
This British icon has be redefined and brought right up-to-date with the iTotal Control cooker. This is a cooker that you can control with you smartphone or computer. Let’s say you’re out and you’ve decided you want cook a big dinner when you get home but don’t want to spend time waiting for your AGA to heat up. Simple, just go to the app and turn your cooker on before you get home.
The same goes if you want the AGA’s ambient heat when you arrive home. Just tell it to switch on and start heating up your house. When you walk through the door, you’ll be met with a beautifully warm home.
Dietrich Zoneless Induction Hob
This is known as the piano hob. Place your pan or pans wherever you want on it and it’ll instantly recognise where the heat needs to go to. The color touchscreen allows you to control things like the heat, whether or not you want different zones across the hob and small object detection.
This Smartpen is a pen in the same way an smartphone is a phone. It does so much more than that single purpose. It digitizes everything you write on special dot paper and saves it to Evernote. It’ll even convert your writing into text. This is great news for students, novelists, secretaries and anyone else who has to sift through a ton of handwritten notes every time they need to find something. I don’t think I’ve ever needed anything like I need this.
The smart home with SmartThings
To begin with you download the SmartThings app. From there, check out what’s on offer from the brand on Amazon and start building your smart home. The whole thing is fully customizable so you can track as much stuff as you want in and around your home. You can set up different notifications and actions too. This means you’ll know exactly what’s going on in your home, even when you’re not there. You could set up motion sensors, link the app to family members’ phones to see when they’re at home and control things like lights an appliances.
This might sound a little Big Brother but having your home fully connected can make you feel safer (the app will let you know when doors are open when they shouldn’t be). It can also make you more energy efficient as you won’t be leaving electricals on all the time.