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The Internet of Things (IoT) is a phrase you may have heard when talking about anything from Internet fridges to smart toothbrushes. But it’s much more than that.
IoT could be the next big technology revolution, turning everyday objects into data collecting gold. It isn’t as complicated as it sounds — IoT is simply Internet connected devices that are able to gather data; from weather, to passenger numbers on trains, to the length and quality of your sleep.
Gartner has estimated that there could be a total of $235 billion spent on IoT this year alone, with 6.4 billion Internet connected devices in the wild. With so many devices set to hit the market in 2016, let’s take a look at some great ways you can get more connected right now.

1. Helmet Concussion Sensor

We all want to prevent concussions, especially as recent research is showing an even greater link between concussions and neurological issues later in life. This is particularly important in sports like football and hockey, and that’s where a product like Shockbox comes in handy.
Shockbox is a sensor that attaches to protective helmets and uses accelerometers to measure the effect of a head impact. This information is sent to the smartphone of a parent or a coach via Bluetooth, which allows them to make critical decisions like whether they should be taken off the field.
Available on both Android and iOS, this sensor-and-app combination also allows for the recording of symptoms after collisions in order to track the player’s overall health.

2. Medical Alert Watch

The health of elderly relatives can be difficult to track, but it’s even more difficult when they live on their own. Fortunately, you can now rely on Lively to help you there.
It’s a smartwatch that allows remote health monitoring of your loved ones. The smartwatch can track steps taken as well as other kinds of daily activities, plus it provides an emergency assist button that alerts Lively to call in and check that everything is alright.

3. Dog Activity Monitor

As the market for health devices is so new, it may surprise you — but not shock you — to know that there is a smart device for monitoring your beloved dog’s health.

4. Smart Running Shoes

The sportswear company, Under Armour, debuted a pair of game-changing running shoes at this year’s CES. Where most fitness trackers are worn on the wrist, the SpeedForm Gemini 2 running shoes have the tracking hardware built directly into the shoes themselves.

5. Smart Fitness Clothing

Want to look like Iron Man when working out at the gym but never knew how? Well, now you can with the growing range of Smart Clothing from Athos.

6. One-Button Product Purchases

“Order at the click of a button!” Amazon has taken that phrase literally and produced physical branded buttons called Amazon Dash that link to products in your home.

7. Garden Sensor

Parrot, which has been making wireless devices since 1994, is well known for itscurrent range of drones. However, they also make this rather awesome sensor,Flower Power, which you plant into the soil next to your flowers.

8. Smart Garage Controller

The Garageio smart garage door controller does what you would expect it to: open and close your garage door using nothing more than a smartphone app. It even promises to alert you if you leave your garage door open by mistake, but the real interesting feature is that you can grant garage door access to different people.

9. The Internet of Lego

Do you like Lego? Do you enjoy challenges? Here’s an Internet of Things project that combines both: the Internet of Lego. This project, which was developed by a systems engineer fascinated by IoT technology, is an entertaining mixture of electronics, programming, and Lego.

10. Raspberry Pi Amazon Echo

You may already know that the Raspberry Pi is one of the most flexible, low-cost computing devices out there. What you may not have known is that it can make a great DIY IoT device. The ability to attach sensors to the Pi has now become even easier with the release of the Pi 3 with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, allowing more room for your own components.
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