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6 Tech Devices Revolutionizing IoT in 2016

Some of the devices that are bringing IoT to the consumer forefront.

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In terms of the Internet of Things (IoT), connecting devices to an internet connection, devices for everyday use, and in-home use are revolutionizing the industry. Wearable technology is trending, as is home automation. Both of which are easily integrated into IoT to make life a little easier.


Smartwatches are revolutionizing the way that people communicate and use applications. Smartwatches can answer phone calls, read text messages and reply to text messages by voice command. Additional commands can also be spoken to the watch to bring up apps for music, work-related files and fitness applications, to name a few options.

This wearable technology is evolving since the first generation items were introduced. Smartwatches became a trend almost overnight. It is a convenient device that goes with you everywhere as long as it is being worn and can be turned off when not in use.

Virtual Reality Headwear

Virtual reality (VR) headwear is being used in multiple industries from medicine to video gaming. Real-life simulations for migraine studies have broadened the spectrum of what VR can do in terms of creating real-life situations. These wearables are ideal for simulation training as your sight is focused on the imagery displayed through the device, which can affect your equilibrium, thought processes and sense of depth perception.

IoT for Improved Productivity and Operations

It is impossible to know what your employees are doing every second of their workday. The use of IoT devices can help increase productivity and improve operations to create safer, more reliable products. Wearable technology such as wristbands, watches and connecting smartphones to the network improves communication and helps keep employees on-task to complete more work in a single day.

Employees can add apps to smartwatches, wristbands and company-provided devices to prioritize tasks, stay on schedule and set personal productivity goals. To some, it may become a personal game to improve productivity daily, which helps businesses grow and reap additional revenues from increased productivity. Apps are even available to help companies control chaos in the workplace. This helps with employee interaction and helps improve efficiency while increasing productivity.

IoT Devices for Business Efficiency

Business owners are already using drones to make local deliveries, survey new job sites and oversee difficult operations from the sky. Drones are used in a variety of ways from simply capturing news stories, landscape views and general geographic mapping for better efficiency in delivering accurate information.

Using a drone with a camera, more businesses may use drones in the future to oversee operations and manufacturing facilities, along with inter-office deliveries for efficiency, privacy and document security as the entire flight is monitored in real-time. Drones are ideal for security companies working in dangerous areas overnight as the drone can inconspicuously examine the interior and exterior of a building easily.

IoT Home Appliances

As technology advances, home appliances will soon be able to be controlled using IoT (an internet connection). This includes items like washing machines, dryers, stoves and air conditioning systems. The ability to start a load of laundry or pre-heat the oven from a different room in the home is a convenience that busy families will appreciate.  These advances will allow busy moms to multi-task during the busiest hours of the day.

Wearable Technology for the Fashion Industry

Clothing items are being designed for the fashion industry to integrate IoT into the designs. Some designers are implementing charging stations within the fabric of a clothing item. Accessories are also in the works to act as on-demand device charging options. Designers are working on creating tiny solar panels to provide the power to charge devices on the go.

For those that enjoy spending time outdoors cycling, helmets are being made that have built-in navigational systems. This is ideal for out-of-town visitors to maintain their daily exercise routine in unfamiliar territory. It does require a bit of manual interaction to set a start point and destination, like typical navigation technology used in vehicles and on smartphones.

Closing Thoughts

You may not even realize that some of the devices you use on a daily basis, like your smartphone, are part of IoT technologies. These devices can be turned on or off and have the capability to connect to the Internet via a Wi-Fi connection. As technology advances, it may become possible, in the near future, that IoT products will be used to automate more aspects of business management, marketing and development.

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