The internet of things is basically what is able to access the internet, from your smartphone to your smart tv. More and more gadgets and various entertainment platforms, such as local cables, are joining this list as technology makes itself comfortable in our homes, embedding itself in our lifestyles and integrating seamlessly into our lives. Here are the top five latest IoT innovations of 2019:
- Amazon Alexa – at the top of every IoT list
The reason for this innovation to top every list is that it is simply ingenious. Not only is it the most comprehensive smart-home system available in 2019, it is also fully integratable with many IoT technologies on the market.
- Cosmo Connected – saving lives from the back of your head
Connecting a motorcyclist’s brake light to the back of the driver’s helmet, it will more clearly indicate to drivers behind the motorcyclist when he is about to turn or decelerate. Being at the eye-level of drivers behind him, this innovation is touted to save lives. Of course, being an IoT item, it does serve to connect: if the motorcyclist falls, the system will immediately alert friends and family members, including emergency services with the motorcyclist’s location. The best part of this invention is that it works with every helmet on the market and the user does not have to fork out an additional amount just to purchase a specialized helmet (to which, Apple should learn a thing or two from).
- Lumen and Aire – hacking your metabolism and diet
Nutrition has always been a complicated force of nature. It makes us count our calories and read up about micronutrients. What if, in the future, all we need to do is breathe into a device and let it tell us what we need to consume in order to meet our dietary requirements?
Aire will be able to tell you which foods you should avoid, based on the hydrogen in your breath, and suggest substitutes whereas Lumen is a gadget which will determine how much carbs and fats are being burnt from your breath – perfect for those who lead and active lifestyle and want to know exactly how effective their workouts are.
- Ovie SmartTags – keeping your food fresh
In a culture being increasingly health aware, Ovie wants to help you stay one step ahead and avoid wasting food by keeping you updated on which foods are still fresh, which are going bad and suggest recipes for you to use up the ingredients in your fridge which are going bad soon.
You will have to purchase a line of Tupperware-like containers in order to use the app. Once you store your food, it will connect to the cloud and through a database, figure out how long the food is able to keep for. It also works with your home assistant, so instead of manually inserting what food you have put away, you can simply vocalize it out loud.
- Zero Mass Water – the answer to clean, sustainable water
Creating clean water out of sunlight and air. Sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie or novel but is one of the offerings that was highlighted at this year’s CES. Currently it is being marketed as an alternative to tap water, but think of the potential there: Zero Mass Water will be able to make a profound change on the global water situation. Furthermore, it is powered by solar energy, which makes it all the more sustainable.