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10 emerging IOT implementations

Published on 16 December 15
With the many forms of Internet of Things (IoT) springing up, I would like to invite you to get to know the emerging 10 IoT technologies in the market at the moment as they continue to be more prevalent among consumers.
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1) AdhereTech
Main uses of technology: They possess the technology to enable an internet-connected pill bottle to notify patients on taking their medications.

Background of company: CEO Josh Stein has an MBA from Wharton and has worked before for various successful startups including Lot18, PlaceVine and FreshDirect. AdhereTech was founded back in October 2011.

Why is it Hot? : AdhereTech has addressed one of the prominent problems that medicine prescribers are facing, which is that many patients do not follow and adhere to their doctor’s orders. As a result, there have been significant reports showing patients who do not follow their medication therapy to suffer from complications, exacerbated medical costs and even death. Now, with AdhereTech’s pill bottle, it has sensors which detects and registers when a single pill or one liquid milliliter of medication is removed from the bottle. Now if the patient does not adhere to his or her medication instructions, AdhereTech’s service technology will inform the patient to take their medication through a phone call, text message or have the bottle lighted up and ring an audio reminder. Furthermore, the company compiles the patients’ medication patterns to give them a clearer overview of their treatment and also sends the compiled medication report to the patients’ doctors and pharmacy.
2) Chui
Main Uses of technology: It seems that facial recognition technologies that we see from Sci-Fi movies are turning into reality. With Chui’s very impressive machine learning techniques, our faces will literally be keys for accessing doors and databases.

Background of Company:
Shaun Moore and Nezare Chafni are co founders of Chui which started operations back in 2013. Previously, they were co founders of Housou Mobile which develops solutions that helped developers convert web content to mobile.

Why is it hot? : It seems pretty self explanatory, with Chui's facial recognition technology you can ultimately replaces keys, passwords or codes, allowing you to disarm a security system or open your door with facial recognition. As our own faces are unique and universal (even identical twins), the beauty of this security system is that its features cannot be hacked, even if you try placing photos of people’s faces. Also, Chui monitors and keep records of people coming in and going out of your home, office space, shops and other vicinities which you prefer to be kept secured.

More amazingly, the system is able learn if there are changes in people’s face. If a person's facial appearance changes over time, the system will adapt and acknowledge this.

Chui’s first application of this system is an "intelligent doorbell, where you can give access to people entering your homes, right from your smartphone. Once someone rings a doorbell of your home, the Chui system will alert through your smart phone with real-time notifications. You may also engage your visitors through live conversations.
3) Kolibree Smart toothbrushes
Main uses of technology: Toothbrushes that can detect when you haven’t brushed certain areas of your mouth and to provide efficient methods of brushing.

Background of Company: CO-Founded by Loïc Cessot, the movement started in where Loïc found a passionate interest in new technologies. He was the former technical director of a French Biotechnology firm before starting Kolibree.

Why is it hot? : Kolibree is a connected electric toothbrush, equipped with vibrating technology to make brushing your teeth more efficient. The toothbrush is connected to your smartphone through a mobile app and is useful for adults and children. Kolibree intends to revolutionize the tooth brushing experience by educating and improving one’s oral hygiene.
The toothbrush will be able to provide feedback on your oral hygiene and brushing methods to your smart phones.
At the moment, developments are on the way to enable such smart toothbrushes to be able to detect the healthiness of your teeth, and informing the user when it's time to go to the dentist.
4) Revolv
Main uses of technology: A universal remote control of your smart home via a Smartphone or tablet app.

Background of company: Founded in 2012, CEO Tim Enwall has previously served as CEO of Tendril, a provider of integrated consumer engagement for energy providers. Revolv has raised $6.7 million in funding led by the Foundry Group.

Why is it hot? : Seen the movie click starring Adam Sandler? The movie shows that his character was able to control everything around him including fast forwarding to a career promotion or skipping an argument with the wife. Well, we haven’t reached that stage with technology yet but it seems a universal remote control may be used on our smart phones very soon. With revolv, you are able to integrate consumers’ connected devices through one simple app that allow smart home products to function together seamlessly. The technology has the capability to automate devices used in daily routines through time, place and sensor triggers. For example, by using GeoSense technology, Revolv can automatically switch on their connected smart devices when the user is near home.
Revolv comprehends 10 different wireless languages, allowing it to support the most well known smart devices available today.
5) Orion
Main Uses of technology: Orion’s wearable technology helps you to communicate faster, better, and cheaper. The light, compact communication accessory works under a single free app and has unlimited group talk.

Background of company: Orion was founded by Jesse Robbins, Greg Albrecht and Roger Wood. Jesse and Greg are technology infrastructure experts with unique backgrounds in emergency response. Roger is a renowned designer who previously led product development for Nextel.

Why is it hot? : This technology is pairing with Onyx to function on your Android or iOS device via Bluetooth, which connects to a very impressive state-of-the-art communications network. Your messages are delivered through Orion’s servers in real time regardless of the mobile carrier you're using, allowing you to communicate at any place as long as you have an internet connection. Furthermore, you do not need to pay for any additional fees when using this communicative technology as you’ll be linking the device to your mobile carrier.
It also separates itself from the limitations of dispatch radios and walkie talkies.
6) Neura
Main uses of technology: Neura's aims to develop an open platform that bridges objects, locations, people and the Web.

Background of Company: Located in Sunnyvale, California, Nuera is led by CEO Gilad Meiri who was the previous CEO of spicebox. Founded in 2013, Nuera secured $2 million in funding.

Why is it hot? : Neura’s mission is to develop devices and provide an ecosystem to understand the human. Nuera intends on providing a definitive solution to allow devices to communicate with one another. Their focus will be allowing the devices to understand context (such as when, who, what and where) and pattern behavior.

Neura’s motive is to predict human behavior and respond to our daily lifestyles. For instance, when no one is at home as the family is out, the system understands your household pattern behavior and ensures all lights and air conditionings are switched off at home.

Another fascinating point to drive home, Neura is said to help smart devices understand how external factors, such as jet-lag and weather, impact human biology, such as blood glucose level.
Main Uses of technology: MAID is a smart microwave oven that knows every recipe and cooks every dish. Connected to a recipe store in the internet, MAID has access to an unlimited number of recipes.

Background of Company: CEO Nibu Alias Co-founded the company with his friends. Nibu has 3 years of experience in smart devices, and has built programs and projects based on power-line communication. MAID started its kickstarter campaign back in Oct 2014.

Why is it hot? : Not only does this technology has access to a wide array of recipes out there through its cloud system, MAID is able to learn your calories intake, requirements and delivers personalized recipe suggestions. You can say that through the technology’s intelligent personalization, it acts as your personal dietitian.

The MAID assistant also delivers step by step cooking instructions with visuals. The assistant is activated through touch, voice and gesture controls, where you can touch, talk or wave to seek assistance from MAID.
8) Humavox
Main Uses of technology: Enable smart or IoT technologies like our smartphones to be wirelessly powered through radio frequencies. Hence, no need for wires anymore!

Background of company: Located in Kfar Saba, Israel, Omri Lachman founded Humavox through a $5 million in seed funding. The company started operations in 2013.

Why is it hot? : No doubt wireless charging power is required for the Internet of Things, but with the restrictions imposed on our existing wireless charging solutions such as local network regulations preventing our devices from using wireless connections to charge our phones effectively, Humavox is planning to make a change. Humavox's solution has bold plans to eliminate the need for wires and batteries as they believed their platform is able to equal the power of the conventional USB cord.

How it works is that Humavox’s technology initiates a handshake that begins the energy transfer when a device is placed in the charging space. The great part is that Humavox’s charging solution is able to identify the device, understand their battery material and comprehend many other detail specifications of the device.
The potential applications for such a charging solution is impressive, as by implementing wireless power charging, you can revolutionize on the go charging for many portable IoT gadgets (Wireless Oculus Rift or for the future Google Glass) when you head outside.
9) TempoDB
Main use of technology: Provide a cloud-based sensor data analytics backend for IoT and M2M.

Background of company: CEO Andrew Cronk founded the company in 2011 and has funded this start up project for $4 million.

Why is it hot? : TempoDB possess proprietary real-time sensor data monitoring and analytics engines, which are agglomerated into its custom data store, to ensure performance and security as users scale up to tons of devices and sensors. TempoDB aims to produce generic big data solutions that applies from general-purpose open source databases to complicated, expensive on-premise enterprise analytics solutions, TempoDB intends to help solve this problem through sensor analytics backend delivered as a private cloud service.

TempDB intends to make it easy for users to add sensor analytics to their products or services.
10) Electronic objects
Main Uses of technology: Electric Objects brings the beauty of the Internet into your home, by showcasing art pieces from renowned galleries in a 16x9 aspect ratio screen portrait. The digital art the screen portrait features range from stills, to animated GIFs to javascript art objects.

Through this technology, you may have an image of the Mona Lisa as a portrait in your home.

Background of company: Based in New York City, and founded by Jake Levine, the company consists of 8 people who are considered to be artists, performers, singers, painters, and sculptors. Everyone on the team is passionate about art and the creative and distributive potential of the Internet.

Why is it hot? : The company’s motto is to bring art from the internet into your home. They believed that there’s more art on the Internet than in every gallery and museum on Earth, and they would certainly want to revolutionize the way you look at portraits at your home.

The device has Native support for static images, animated GIFs and 1080p video and has an Embedded Chromium-based browser supporting WebGL, Processing, and most major Javascript/HTML5 drawing libraries, in addition to displaying arbitrary web pages

Another reason why this technology is molten lava hot is that it is already been critically acclaimed by the many reputable tabloids and magazines.
  • Time Magazine listed Electronic Objects as one the 25 best inventions of 2014.
  • The New York Times stated And if people are willing to buy stand-alone gadgets to play music, monitor their health and help manage their homes, why not purchase one for culture and art?
  • Lastly, The Creators Project quoted this, Electric Objects may be the technology that sparks a paradigm shift regarding how we preserve, share, and even purchase digital art.
It seems the Internet of Things is undoubtedly moving at a tremendous rate for innovations. With plenty of startups rising to the occasion to provide the latest technology, who may know what are the limitations to our imagination.

If you have come across any other IoT implementations that's not part of the above list, do leave a comment below.
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