10 Ways You're Using IoT Without Even Realising It

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26 Apr 2024

10 Ways You're Using IoT Without Even Realising It

The Internet of Things (IoT) allows us to manage our daily lives more efficiently, and have more control. But how has it managed to do it without us realising? It’s in our hands, on our wrists and in our homes. The Internet of Things is even helping farmers know when a calf is about to be born! Let's unravel the 10 ways the Internet of Things has improved and shaped our day-to-day lives.

1. Smart thermostats

Smart thermostats adapt to your habits, weather forecasts, and personal preferences so you can heat your home without lifting a finger. It’s all done via an app with smart thermostats like HIVE and even makes each room smart with smart radiator valves. Never heat an empty home or room again!

2. Fitness trackers

Fitness trackers are like having a tech-savvy personal trainer on your wrist. Smartwatches can monitor oxygen levels, track menstrual cycles, count your steps and of course help you get the most from your exercise routine. It’s the Internet of Things technology at its most personal - and they tell the time too!

3. Connected cars

Although the first production car with a built-in navigation system hit the roads in 1990, it’s come a long way since then. If your car has Bluetooth connectivity, collision detection or built-in Wi-Fi, it’s thanks in part to IoT. Your virtual co-pilot can help you keep a safe distance from the car in front, give you a lane departure warning, and play your favourite playlist as loud as you want.

4. Smart fridge

Did your fridge just wink at you? Maybe. Smart fridges have revolutionised grocery shopping. If you’re out at the store and want to check if you’re out of anything, simply check the in-fridge camera and you’ll never forget anything again. You can add items to your virtual shopping list, control temperature and even connect to your smart speaker.

5. Video doorbells

In December 2020 alone, Amazon sold over 400,000 Ring smart doorbells. You don’t even have to be home to answer your door thanks to IoT. You can keep an eye on your property and never miss a parcel again thanks to innovative video doorbells that also act as home security. You can set up smart responses and the Google Nest device comes with facial recognition too.

6. Pet cameras

Pet cameras are a game-changer for fur parents. It's like having a virtual pet sitter without the fear your pet will love them more than you. You can keep an eye on your four-legged friends no matter where you are. Some pet cameras have added features like treat dispensers and timers to make sure your pet never misses dinner, even when you’re not home.

7. Smart lighting

Smart bulbs and lighting systems are taking charge, setting the ambience based on your working preferences or usage of work space.

8. Virtual assistants

Virtual assistants like Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant are some of the most popular IoT devices we’re adding to our homes. They’re always there to answer your questions, play your favourite tunes and set reminders to name a few.

9. Smart coffee makers

If you want to wake up or arrive to your working space to freshly brewed coffee, add a smart coffee maker to your wish list. Simply select your favourite coffee and set the timer and it will do the rest. It's like having a personal barista on standby.

10. Smart home security

Indoor and outdoor cameras are a great way to increase your home or business security and check in on your property from anywhere in the world. They notify you of any suspicious activity and act as a deterrent.

One of the many sources of IoT’s power is convenience, and the ever-growing Internet of Things is working its magic, one smart device at a time.

The Internet of Things is likely already helping your business and home life run more smoothly, but to find out more about implementing IoT in your business, get 1-2-1 advice from our V-Hub Digital Advisors.

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