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April 11, 2014updated 22 Sep 2016 1:18pm

5 Internet of Things devices you’ve never heard of

CBR looks at five of the best recently announced smart devices.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

1. Nutrition scales


Photo: Situ press kit

The Situ food nutrition scale is designed to help users weigh their food and see nutritional information on their iPad via an accompanying app.

The Bluetooth-enabled device can also track the amount of calories, salt, fat and sugar in foods, allowing dieters or athletes to see exactly what they’ve consumed on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

The UK founders are currently seeking funding on crowdfunding site Kickstarter and have already fundraised over £23,000 of their £35,000 goal.

The SITU, which is expected to ship in November, is available to pre-order for £70 with an early bird offer of £50.

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2. Light bulb


Photo: AwoX website

AwoX, a provider of multimedia interconnection technologies for the home, released an LED light bulb that doubles as a Bluetooth speaker.

The StriimLIGHT twists into any light socket to provide light and sound that you can control using the AwoX smart control app on your smartphone, laptop or desktop computer.

The app allows the user to brighten or dim the light or change its colour, add music, apply an alarm timer to its functions and control the speaker’s volume.

AwoX CEO Alain Molinie said: "Best of all, StriimLight’s unobtrusive design makes it easy to add music to rooms where space is scarce, such as bathrooms and kitchens."

The light bulb delivers 110 to 240 volts of LED illumination and pumps out the sound via a 10-watt speaker.

There is also a Wi-Fi version, which operates in the same way as the Bluetooth version, while there’s a mini version for smaller sockets.

The cost of each light bulb is $99 and is currently available in the US.

3. T-shirt


French startup Cityzen showed off a sports shirt embedded with multiple sensors at Mobile World Congress in February it claims can record a player’s heart rate, GPS location, temperature and speed.

The D-Shirt, which is said to be no heavier than a normal t-shirt, sends the data to a small detachable transmitter on the back of the shirt, which is then sent to an app on your smartphone via Bluetooth.

This means you and your coach or friend can monitor your progress during a bike ride or run, and view a summary of your overall performance upon return.

According to developers, the data transmitted by the shirt could also help indicate when someone is stressed, tired or working too hard, risking a heart attack.

The company is currently in talks with British retailers and hope to release the product n the UK later this year.

4. Toothbrush


Dental hygiene firm Oral-B showed off a smart toothbrush this year at Mobile World Congress it claims sends information to your smartphone as you brush.

The Oral-B 7000 connects to users’ iOS or Android smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0, and collects data which is then transferred to the smartphone about brushing habits.

If you brush too hard, for example, the phone receives signals from the brush and displays an alert to prevent you from damaging your gums.

The smartphone also times your brushing and displays a summary of how well you brushed your teeth at the end of the session, with tips on how to improve for next time.

The toothbrush will launch globally in June this year, and will retail at around £199, with the corresponding app available on Android and iOS.




5. Wristband


Startup Jawbone released an updated version of its activity tracker in March, which tracks your sleep, eating patterns and activity in efforts to make you healthier.

The New Jawbone UP24 now uses Bluetooth to send biometric data to your iOS or Android device, providing real-time stats on the UP app.

The £125 device, which comes in black and red versions in three sizes, provides goals based on users’ habits and offers up to seven days of battery life.

There is also a dedicated iOS app called UP Coffee that claims to track the affect caffeine is having on your body.

Up24 is available in 29 countries including the UK, Ireland, the US, France, Japan and Australia.



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