Each year, new technologies rise and fall, sometimes making an impact on our daily lives and other times barely leaving a trace. One category of emerging technologies that has the widest variety is the Internet of Things or IoT. Now, while some of these Internet of Things examples are pretty out there, others show the true potential and power of IoT in the near future.

As developers of IoT apps, we strive to stay current on the latest of these Internet of Things examples to emerge. We believe that IoT development will continue to have a specific place in the design and development of near-future software. In doing our part to stay up on the latest trends, we have put together a list of 7 Internet of Things examples that show exactly why there is so much buzz around IoT. Without further ado, let’s take a look.  

1. Nest Smart Home

By providing users with an app on their phones to monitor each of their IoT devices in their home, Nest aims to make creating a smart home simple and easy. Although the company has been around for 8 years, they have already made great strides in IoT development since their original Nest thermostat. This leads us to believe that Nest is only getting started.

2. Kisi Smart Lock

 

As you will soon find out if you do any research on Internet of Things examples, most IoT devices are geared at creating smart home environments. However, Kisi Smart Locks have applications outside of just residential door locks. In fact, our office complex uses Kisi so that all workers have access to the building whenever they need.

Although Kisi has made a name for themselves by focusing on access control systems, the uses of such systems have wide applications. Not only that, but lessons learn from a company like Kisi that found their niche and stuck to it is a good model for others trying to break into the IoT space: find what you are good at and make yourself the best.

3. Canary Smart Security System

 

Taking things one step further than Kisi, Canary’s smart security system aims to provide an all-in-one solution to home security issues. Not only does Canary work with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, but it includes embedded AI technology, a 1080p HD camera, microphone, and a 90 decibel siren plus a built-in climate monitor. When they say all-in-one, they really mean it.

This Internet of Things example shows that IoT platforms can have wider uses within the home than just making processes more efficient. The Canary system allows users to review security footage from their app, even at night since the Canary includes a night-vision camera. When it comes to smart home security, Canary has what you need.

4. DHL’s IoT Tracking and Monitoring System

 

As we mentioned earlier, many Internet of Things examples have to do with smart homes, but there are still plenty of other use cases that are enterprise focused. For instance, DHL’s IoT tracking and monitoring system. This IoT system tracks everything from vehicle behavior to packages to environmental sensors in the warehouse. Each of these is used in combination to make the process safer and more efficient.

This sort of logistical IoT solution is still far from being perfected, but soon companies like DHL will operate through these systems on a massive scale. As these technologies progress, systems will only become more efficient and do a better job of delivering the best possible performance.

5. Cisco’s Connected Factory

 

In the same spirit as DHL, Cisco has taken on the challenge of creating a connected factory that can only work because of IoT. With remote monitoring and access, Cisco is able to control factory machines and systems. This can be used to both increase efficiency and find weak points in the manufacturing process that can be optimized.

However, it’s not just the factory that is connected, but the entire production process. Cisco has partnered with other IoT companies to take on the challenge of maximizing everything with Internet of Things. Although they still have a ways to go before everything is completely functional, initiatives like this show that not only are people interested in IoT, but committed to creating an IoT future.

6. ProGlove’s Smart Glove

 

Still in the same vein as Cisco, but on a more micro scale, ProGlove’s ‘Mark’ is the world’s first smart glove for industrial workers. This thing is no joke. By combining IoT and wearables solutions in one device, ProGlove is making industrial workers safer and more efficient at their jobs.  

The actual glove is designed to meet the safety conditions of an industrial environment along with real-time visual and haptic feedback, wireless connectivity, and gesture sensing. The gloves are additionally outfitted with a barcode scanner for quality checking and documenting assembly. Solutions like this are what set companies like ProGlove apart from other Internet of Things examples when it comes to ingenuity.

7. Kohler Verdera Smart Mirror

 

“Mirror, mirror, on the wall…” Our last Internet of Things example really does seem like a magically mirror. However, the Kohler Verdera Smart Mirror is not magic, simply a new step in technology. Coupled with Amazon Alexa, the Verdera can answer questions, tell you about the weather, and show you notifications right on the mirror. With the popularity of voice already dominating the market, this makes sense as a next step.

Although this product is considered a luxury at this point, as the technology progresses and new development occurs, the wider usage of this device seems to be the obvious next step. Who knows, maybe one day we will all have our own magic mirror straight out of a fairy tale.

IoT: A Bright Future

As you can see from these Internet of Things examples, the future of IoT is a bright one. As new ideas emerge about how best to use IoT products, it will be interesting to see which way this technology heads. Will it be more enterprise solutions, or will smart homes come in full force? It’s still too early to tell.

That being said, if you aren’t content to wait around for the tech to come to you, your next best option is to create the software yourself. Like we said, IoT has not yet reached its full potential, so get involved now before it’s too late!