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June 13, 2014updated 22 Sep 2016 2:06pm

Five Internet of Things devices for your home

Five smart home devices you’ve never heard of - this involves cats.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

1. Cup


Photo source: Vessyl

The Vessyl cup, developed by San Francisco firm Mark One, is designed to help users make smarter and healthier choices in real-time.

The sensor-enabled cup, which comes in white, grey and black, works with a companion app that identifies and tracks what you drink, and measures nutrient and calorie intake.

The cup, which is available for iOS and Android, can let you know how hydrated you are, and alert you when it’s time to drink again.

Users can also ask for a particular set of data to help you lose weight, reduce your caffeine intake and other goals.

Retailing at £117, the device can be pre-ordered for £59 ahead of release in early 2015.

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2. Ceiling Fan


Photo source: Bif Ass Fans

Kentucky-based company Big Ass Solutions has released the Haiku ceiling fan that tracks its environment to regulate temperature in a room.

The fan, which includes its SenseMe technology, Wi-Fi connectivity and humidity sensors, can speed up or wind down as people enter or leave a room.

Haiku, which is available in 52-inch and 60-inch diameter versions, is accompanied by a smartphone app for iOS devices, which allows you to select from certain default settings

Sleep Mode, for example, gradually lowers the fan speed as you fall asleep and Alarm mode can be customised to wake you up with a combination of air, light and sound.

Retailing from $895, the Haiku fan can be pre-ordered through Big Ass Fans’ website.

3. Barbeque


Photo source: Lynx

A barbeque that cooks your food on voice commands and tells you how to cook is currently being developed by California-based grill manufacturer Lynx.

The smart grill, which is expected to cost between $5,500 and $8,000, connects to a home Wi-Fi network in order to access recipes and cooking times on an online database.

The MyChef voice-activated interface asks users a couple of simple questions about what’s to be cooked, then provides detailed instructions from the database.
Users can keep track of their meal using the app or by receiving text messages

Other features include cooking alerts via the accompanying app to help grillers keep tabs on the progress of their meal.

And if you want to leave your barbeque unattended, the smart grill will switch off to prevent your food from burning after 30 minutes.

4. PetPal


Photo source: Go PetPal

Need to make sure your pet is fed while you’re away? An automatic pet food dispenser has been created that allows absent owners to provide meals for their animals via an app or programme at certain times of the day.

The stainless steel cylinder, which connects to a Wi-Fi network, dispenses meals up to five times a day or allows users to log in to decide when to feed their pets themselves.

Owners can take a photo and video of their pet using the app and are reminded via email to buy more food when food is low.

The Waterproof device also allows users to talk to their pet via a built-in microphone and speaker when they’re away.

Californian engineer Kevin Powers came up with the idea after he struggled to find someone to feed his two cats when he went on holiday.

5. Homey


The Internet-powered device uses voice commands to control TVs, lights, music player and other appliances in your home.

Designed to mimic intelligent computers in Star Trek, the device is compatible with almost any wirelessly controlled device and features eight different wireless modules including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and ZigBee.

It can also tell you the weather before you leave your house, and then turn down the heat, lock your doors and power down lights and other devices.

The Homey is expected to cost €399, but first buyers can currently buy it for €199 with prices going up depending on availability.



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