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Right Out of a Sci-Fi Movie: The Internet of Things

Light bulbs that you can control with your smartphone. A baby monitor that records your child’s vitals while they sleep. You’d think these things came straight out of a sci-fi movie, but the Internet of Things, or IoT as it is commonly abbreviated, is a term used to describe the integration of various devices around us to the Internet. This enables for greater computing capabilities, comprehensive data analytics, and ways to make, as Wired magazine writes, “everything in our lives from streetlights to seaports ‘smart’”.

The Internet of Things is very closely linked to the idea of connected living. We will slowly approach the point where billions of devices will be interconnected with each other and intertwined with our daily lives. In fact, technology research firm IDC predicts that the market for IoT devices will grow from $655.8 billion last year to $1.7 trillion by 2020.

Just in Time for the Holiday Season: IoT Shopping Ideas

Wearables and other IoT devices make automating and quantifying our lives that much easier, and they’re no longer for the sci-fi fan or tech-obsessed consumer. Here are a few IoT devices you might see top our wish lists this holiday season:

1. For Road Warriors: Garmin nüvi 2797LMT 7-Inch Portable Bluetooth Vehicle GPS
This GPS navigation from Garmin comes with an iOS and Android application that enables the navigation to use your existing data plan to share information like your parking location, points of interest, and your destination.

2. For Energy Savers: Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd Generation
Nest Learning Thermostat is able to learn the temperature you like and turns itself down when you are away. There is no need for configuration as the device is able to get all data just from observing your preferences. You can change the temperature or check your energy history via the Nest app.

3. For the Fitness Junkie: Fitbit Charge HR Wireless Activity Wristband
Fitbit is a wristband that tracks a large amount of data including steps, distance, burned calories, active minutes, or your sleep patterns. All data can be wirelessly synchronized with your computer or smartphone.

What IoT device is on your own wish list this season?

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