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Bringing IoT to life in the home of the future

No longer the stuff of science fiction, IoT is becoming more pervasive -- even in the home. But imagine its possibilities for consumers over the next few years.
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By Eileen Brown, Contributor on
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Simple shopping

Amazon's mobile app lets people to shop for real-world objects by scanning barcodes or uploading an image. Now, you can add items to your shopping cart by waving your mobile phone at the item.

If you want to go to a physical store for your groceries, the Amazon store in Seattle has no cash registers. It tracks you, monitors what you select, and bills you when you leave the store.

See Amazon's app here.

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Autonomous devices working together

Smarter interoperability will result in more automation in the IoT connected home. The Nest line integrates several appliances such as Whirlpool, Bosch Home connect, LIFX, Jawbone, MyQ Smart Garage, Phillips, Yale, and Mercedes Benz.

All -- and more -- can work with Nest components to integrate alarms, cameras, doors, and smart appliances, warn you when something is burning, and even turn off the appliance.

See Nest products at Nest.com.

Read also: Future mobile tech needs these features to work seamlessly | Although smart cities rely on IoT, security confusion still reigns | Hacking vulnerabilities with the Internet of Things - Risks and security loopholes

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Smart connected remote controls

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Smart cameras

Cameras -- like the cloud dash cam I looked at recently -- are getting smarter and are being introduced with built in AI. They can watch what is going on and make relevant decisions such as recording conversations.

Engineers at the University of Washington have developed a system of networked cameras that can automatically track people as they move.

Read also: Future mobile tech needs these features to work seamlessly | Although smart cities rely on IoT, security confusion still reigns | Hacking vulnerabilities with the Internet of Things - Risks and security loopholes

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Food scanning

Not barcode scanning -- but scanning of actual food to determine the ingredients including additives, potential allergens, and where the food came from. Students at the MIT Media Lab are working on a mechanism that will trace produce, determine ingredients, or identify crop disease.

German lighting manufacturer Osram in partnership with Consumer Physics has built a scanner that can determine how much cacao is in a bar of chocolate to determine how much cacao is inside. You could scan food to determine the nutritional information of everything you eat.

Read also: Future mobile tech needs these features to work seamlessly | Although smart cities rely on IoT, security confusion still reigns | Hacking vulnerabilities with the Internet of Things - Risks and security loopholes

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AI powered mirrors

AI-powered mirrors with image and object recognition can be your digital assistant. They play the news and weather when asked and even help with your wardrobe.

The Haier Hi Mirror mini will keep track of your wardrobe, coordinate outfits, and keep track of your skin condition to help you reach your goals.

See Haier devices at Haierappliances.com.

Read also: Future mobile tech needs these features to work seamlessly | Although smart cities rely on IoT, security confusion still reigns | Hacking vulnerabilities with the Internet of Things - Risks and security loopholes

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