The holidays are upon us once again and we are more excited than ever about the Internet of Things. There are a huge number of connected devices available for sale and these are some of our favorites!
Easily the slickest thermostat on the market, the Nest Thermostat promises to lower heating and cooling bills up to 20%. Most people leave the house at one temperature and forget to change it. So the Nest Learning Thermostat learns your schedule, programs itself and can be controlled remotely from your phone. Even better, Nest Thermostat provides integration with a growing number of smart home technologies.
With Zubie, you can make any car a connected car. Interfacing with the OBDII port found in about every car manufactured since 1996, the Zubie Key monitors your driving habits, keeps tabs on your vehicle’s health and allows you to track your vehicle’s location with built-in GPS. We especially love these for keeping track of teen drivers!
Parrot’s latest consumer-grade drone shows that you don’t need high-end gear to produce incredibly beautiful video footage. The Parrot Bebop creates its own WiFI hotspot, streaming video and physical control back to your smartphone or tablet. Create a dynamic flight plan with GPS coordinates or control the drone on your own. If it loses connection, the drone is programmed to return to its start point for retrieval. So. cool.
For the aspiring engineer or DIY wunderkind, littleBits is the easiest way to prototype and learn with electronics. It’s an ever-growing library of electronic modules that snap together with magnets so you can invest practically anything. Their Smart Home Kit is especially cool: it can turn anything into an IoT device. Automate your curtains to open at sunrise. Make a remote controlled pet feeder. If you can dream it, then you can build it.
Another product from French company Parrot, Flower Power is the one tool you need to turn your thumb from black to green. In a pot or in the ground, its suite of sensors monitor the four factors any plant needs to thrive: sunlight, water, fertilizer and temperature. Whenever your Flower Power detects that your attention is needed, you will receive notification on your smartphone or tablet.