January 6, 2018
The age of IoT leads us to practically expect all our devices to act smart. Not just the conventional ones like computers, mobile phones or watches, but our appliances too. With the decreasing prices of sensors, manufacturers are looking for any opportunities to make their devices smart. IoT technologies differ vastly in impact. Some are merely toys that keep us entertained, some make mild improvements to our daily lives and others are total game changers.
In 2018, you can expect new IoT devices in just about every category. Here are some of the up and coming IoT consumer trends and products of the year.
Mashable reports that Delta faucets announced voice-activated faucets coming out in 2018. Your IoT Delta faucet can turn off and on, change temperature and measure water on command. Voice activation allows the faucet to maintain a sleek, modern design and avoid adding on lots of buttons and dials. The technology itself is still undergoing research and development, but Delta expects it to come to market sometime this year.
Smart Door Locks
Did I lock the door? Next time you find yourself halfway to work in a panic trying to remember if you locked your front door, consider investing in a smart door lock. These devices allow you to lock and unlock your door from your phone. Proximity sensors and Bluetooth allow users to control access to their front door from their phone.
Tile and Smart Trackers
Connect the sleek, stylish tile keychain to your keys to never lose them again. This IoT device connects the things that matter to you most to a GPS system in your phone. Initially created to keep track of keys and important items we lose easily, it can also help with tracking your kids. If anything, these simple IoT devices can help save us from forgetfulness and bring us some peace of mind.
California suffered from nearly a five-year long draught making people in the country’s most populous state think twice about their landscaping. Water conservation isn’t only good for the environment but for your wallet as well. Instead of watering your yard on a timer, use a smart irrigation system instead. These systems use sensors and weather forecasts to determine what needs watering in your garden and delivers just the right amount of moisture at the right time.
The product mix of trending consumer IoT devices generally focus around the home. Saving you money, energy and making your home more entertaining. While these technologies may not seem totally revolutionary, their underlying hardware is getting cheaper and more accessible for anyone looking to make their home a little smarter in 2018.