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Top 10 Internet of Things (IoT) devices 2014

by Amy-jo Crowley| 17 February 2014

CBR looks at ten of the latest smart devices announced this year.

1. Tennis Racquet

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Photo credit: Babolat

French tennis racquet maker Babolat showed off a "smart" version of its best-selling Pure Drive at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this year.

The $399 racket has embedded sensors, gyroscopes and accelerometers on the handle, which count and measure strokes, ball speed and where the ball hits the strings. The device is connected to an iOS or Android smart device via Bluetooth or USB connections, allowing the player to view the analysed data through an app.

2. Smart Car

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Photo credit: A.Penkov, Shutterstock

Google formed an Open Automotive Alliance, announced at CES, with Audi, General Motors, Honda and Hyundai that would integrate the search engine company's Android operating system into future cars.

The alliance is using a common platform and development model to create a connected driving experience that would allow information and entertainment apps from phones to be carried over to car computers.

Although details on more car-specific features are expected to be announced later this year, Audi already has a partnership with Google for satellite and Street View imagery.

The first Android vehicles are planned for launch by the end of 2014.

3. Family monitoring system

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Photo credit: Sen.se

Mother speaks to sensors called Cookies that you can stick to any items in your house via a Wi-Fi network.

The Cookies collect data on the motion of objects such as fridge doors, school bags and medicine, which is uploaded to the mother device in real time.

As a result, users can check how much pills they've taken or when their child returns home from the school on their tablet, computer or smartphone device.

Rafi Haladjian, founder and CEO of creator Sen.se, said: "We have made sensors that unobtrusively blend into your life. She offers the knowledge and comfort you want, when and how you want it, all while remaining discreet."

They can also report on the temperature of a room, whether you're doing enough exercise and suspicious activity, depending on how you deploy the sensors.

The home sensor network, which costs $222 and memorises up to 10 days of data, is currently available for pre-order with shipments starting this month.

 


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