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December 5, 2014

Top 8 Internet of Things gifts for Christmas

CBR looks at some of the best smart devices for the tech heads in your family this holiday season.

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1. Oral-B’s SmartSeries 7000

Oral B SmartSeries 7000

Perhaps you know someone who gets bored while brushing their teeth? If so, maybe Oral-B’s latest Bluetooth Toothbrush could make the task more fun.

Introduced at Mobile World Congress this year, 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 launched globally in June this year, which is now retailing at about $99 on Amazon, with the corresponding app available on Android and iOS.

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2. The D-Shirt

The D-Shirt

If you’re looking to buy a gift for a gadget-obsessed, fitness fanatic for Christmas, this running shirt has all the features of a smart watch.

The sports shirt, developed by French startup Cityzen Science, is designed to record a person’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 appon 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 the developers, the data transmitted by the shirt could also help indicate when someone is stressed, tired or working too hard, risking a heart attack.

3. Nutrition Scales

Situ Scales

There may be a friend who is planning to make some resolutions about staying healthy for the New Year. But that’s easy. What’s difficult is sticking to them so perhaps these scales could help.

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

4. Baby Onesie

Baby Onesie

The Mimo baby monitor, developed by Rest Devices, is a sleep suit and baby monitor that tracks a baby wearer’s temperature, breathing rate, body position and activity level.

The waterproof plastic turtle has a temperature sensor, accelerometer and Bluetooth low-energy chip that sends audio and data in real time to connected apps for iOS and Android devices. Once parents download the app, they can receive all the data in real-time.

Users can also view past logs to understand their baby’s sleeping patterns.

5. Dog collar

Dog Collar

Whistle Lab’s latest collar device could be the perfect present to treat your dog or cat this holiday season.

Users attach the wireless based sensor device to a dog’s collar, which then collects data depending on a dog’s age, breed and weight during the day. The data is sent to an accompanying iOS device, which can be translated into a graph by special algorithms, to reveal how much and how quickly the dog has moved around.

The device also tracks the dog’s exact location using GPS, an accelerometer and cellular wireless technology. Battery life is said to be 10 days with an LED light showing when it needs topping up.

Whistle said the $100 tracker will give owners "a new perspective on day-to-day behaviour and long-term health trends" earlier this year.

6. Beddit

Beddit

Beddit is a film sensor that lies under your sheets. It tracks your sleep, heart rate, breathing rhythm, movements and snoring, and no wearable sensors are required. When you’re asleep, sensors send the data via Bluetooth to your smartphone and in the morning, the smartphone app shows you your sleeping performance as well as tips on how to improve it. Other features include an integrated alarm clock, sleeping statistics and other coaching tips. All this can be controlled from your iOS or Android device.

7. Family monitoring system

Family baby monitor

With Christmas trees and presents being displayed in the front window, families will also need to ensure their home is secure this Christmas. The latest device called Mother from Sense can do just that by speaking to sensors called Cookies that you can stick to any items in your house via a Wi-Fi network.

The Cookies collect data on the motion of objects such as fridge doors, school bags and medicine, which is uploaded to the mother device in real time. As a result, users can check for such things as intrusion alerts or when their child returns home from the school on their tablet, computer or smartphone device.

They can also report on the temperature of a room, whether you’re doing enough exercise and other suspicious activity, depending on how you deploy the sensors.

The home sensor network, which costs $222 and memorises up to 10 days of data, is currently available for pre-order with shipments starting this month.

8. Tennis Racket

Tennis Racket

The $399 racket from French tennis racquet maker Babolat has embedded sensors, gyroscopes and accelerometers on the handle, which count and measure strokes, ball speed and where the ball hits the strings. The device is connected to an iOS or Android smart device via Bluetooth or USB connections, allowing the player to view the analysed data through an app.

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