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IoT- useful ideas for a productive connected world

These genius ideas all use the Internet of Things (IoT) to help us get totally connected to our devices. Home, leisure and work can all be managed with IoT enabled devices. Even birth sex can be predicted with intelligent sensors.
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By Eileen Brown, Contributor on
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1 of 10 Imordaf

Intelligent waste management

Knowing when to empty recycling bins can do a lot for customer satisfaction. Bigbelly uses Wi-Fi enabled trash cans and sensors to report which bins are full and which do not need emptying. A console keeps track of how much trash was collected - what type and where from.

IoT–wild ideas for a productive connected world ZDNet
2 of 10 GreenIQ

Garden water management

An intelligent hub from GreenIQ manages the watering of your garden. Sensors monitor how dry the soil is and waters when needed by the plants.

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3 of 10 Sense

Home management

The Mother family of sensors can be attached to many household objects to make them smart. Attach them to your pill packet, your coffee machine, give them to your family, attach them to toothbrushes or put them on your mattress. Monitor activity on the MotherSense dashboard.

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4 of 10 Vanhawks

Connected bike

The Vanhawks Valour is a carbon fibre bike that connects to your phone for navigation, signalling when you should make a turn. Haptic feedback in the handlebar grips alert you by vibrating of any object in your blind spot. It learns about routes showing you easier ways to get up hills or avoid potholes.

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5 of 10 Perseus

Smart mirror

The Perseus mirror can be customised with apps and widgets to suit your lifestyle. Whether it is make-up tips, or the latest sports news, or stock ticker, looking in the mirror to finalise your morning routine can now be much more productive for you.

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6 of 10 Hapi

Healthier eating

The Hapi fork monitors your food intake and the speed you eat your. Eating more slowly triggers a signal to your brain that you are full and stops you overeating. Monitors help you manage your eating habits.

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7 of 10 Fujitsu

Predicting the sex of cattle

Fujitsu have put accelerometers on cows to determine the best time to inseminate them. They discovered that cows inseminated in the first four hours of estrus are more likely to produce female calves, cows inseminated in the last four hours are more likely to produce male calves. This will lead towards a substantial increase of production in intensive cattle farms.

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8 of 10 Telcare

Glucose management

The telcare glucose meter helps you manage your blood sugar levels and delivers immediate feedback about your condition. It can also advise your doctor of any changes in your health.

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9 of 10 Netatmo

Ventilate your home

With the Netatmo partnership with Velux you will be able to open and close your blinds, shutters, and windows using an app. The sensor will detect air quality and adjust the ventilation to optimise airflow.

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10 of 10 SmartAll

Home AI solution

The house recognises you and uses a biometric key to let you in. SmartAll cameras in rooms recognise your movement through the house and play your chosen music. They recognise you when you wake and start the coffee machine, or boil the kettle for other family members. Biometric fingerprints provide an extra layer of security for certain parts of the house.

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