by Ayliffe Brown

July 31, 2015

Connecting the System of Things with Wearables

Beacon technology and Bluetooth Low Energy can be combined into a network of devices for improved living and functionality. The goal for engineers is to create a seamless intelligent system of wireless sensors, wearable technology, and everyday appliances to smooth human computer interactions. This includes maintaining a home where all our electronic appliances are working together to save you energy, and improve your daily interactions. Check the following eight devices to connect your life to the Internet of Things.

Ever thought about cloning yourself? Branto makes it so you don’t have to! This sleek design is a simple security and control device for the home or office. With 360° vision, night vision, cellular internet, motion sensors, self-powered abilities, a microphone, and free communication -you can control and monitor your home without even being there. Branto is extremely practical; you might as well call it ‘Mini Me.’ You can use it for live video calls, a security system for your valued space, or for playing good quality sound music. Check out the video below for more ideas on how to use Branto. Also, check out their Indie Gogo campaign if you are interested in purchasing.

Have an admiration for LG applicances? Maybe now is the time you should with the LG Smart Thinq. LG has designed HomeChat, which allows you to control your house-hold LG appliances with your LG smart phone, smartwatch or TV. This includes your refrigerator, oven, washing machine, thermometer, TV, plus more. In congruency with Nest, their app, you can also diagnosis a malfunction issue with your appliance. Providing a faster and more efficient troubleshooting process for consumers and distributors to get their appliances back and running smoothly.

Reemo allows you to control your world- digitally. They have designed a wristable with gesture recognition to control house hold appliances all while looking rad. This is the beginning on integrating the Smart House into societal infrastructure. Now the lazy couch potato and the mother juggling four children can both turn the lights off in a room with the flick of the wrist. As well, they can control the blinds, electric fire place, surround sound system, TV, radio, and much more. The band is waterproof and rechargeable. Reemo is the wearable for consumers who want to conduct their house-hold appliances with the illusion of wizard powers.

Nymi is a wristable for those who want to remember less passwords or security codes. This is ideal for people who forget small bits of information or are tired of proving that you are you. The band works by identifying the wearer by their distinct heartrate and blood vessel pattern. The band can secure your banking, home security, automatic car locking, and more.

Why don’t we have digital keys for traditional doors, or hotel rooms? That is the question Leapin has answered with Digital Keys! All you need is a smartphone or SMS device. You send a time-sensitive pin to anyone you whom needs to open your door. Then, they hold their phone up to Leapin hardware, that is attached to your lock, and Wa-La the door is unlocked! The lock works with the power of magnets; allowing the user to be hands-free. Leapin ensures that the security encryption is unhackable, therefore you should not worry about strangers stealing your key-code to enter your home.

For those that are always on the go, and forget about simple things like turning your thermometer off, PassivSystems created a smart device for you! PassivLiving allows you to control your house temperature no matter where you are. With the touch of a smart phone you can turn the heat off before you even leave the airport. Or you can turn it on while lying sick in bed. Now for sale at €279.

Baseband Technologies presents Snapshot Receiver. It is designed to take a new approach to GPS positioning. It is ideal of obtaining single-shot position solutions similar to WiFi and Cell-ID positioning. Their GPS chip can be applied to wearables, wildlife tracking, digital cameras, and personal locator beacon. They even have an Arduino Snapshot Receiver Eval Kit of those who want to create their own, personal open-source device.

Going the distance in OEM technology is LogiTag. They have created a state-of-the-art RFID technology for IoT devices. Their target market groups are hospitals, retail, security, enterprise, museums, oil, and gas. Their tech can relay real-time data on tracking, monitoring, and managing inventory, assets, and people. Their wearable devices can be used for infants, patient flow, and employee management. They also have a helpful ‘Smart Cabinet’ for hospitals. Their goal is to keep hospital cabinets organized, with medicine tracked and maintained securely. Below is a video promoting their Smart Cabinet.

Wearables are the glue to creating a practical infrastructure of intelligently connected electronics. This eliminates the need to always be carrying your smart phone, and staring at a screen. Within the next ten to twenty years, we should expect to see wearables closing a gap between humans and our everyday electronics. This is the time to experiment with the best methods of interaction between people, wearables, and home or office appliances; let’s see where the master minds take us.