You’ve heard of the “Internet of Things,” or IoT. It’s all of your web-connected devices, from smart home tools that let you monitor energy consumption to the technology powering smart cities. But do you know all the cool things happening in the IoT industry these days? Chances are, there are useful devices on the market – or coming to market soon – that would be helpful for your home or business. Let’s explore some of them.
Here are 10 of the coolest IoT startups worth keeping an eye on this year and beyond:
- Dojo by BullGuard
If you worry about the security of your IoT connected devices around your home, Dojo by Bullguard is something you might want to keep an eye on. This pebble-style security system for your smart devices detects and neutralizes threats such as devices attempting to install malware. When an attack happens in one home, your Dojo gets “smarter” by learning from them to better protect you and your devices.
EVRYTHNG built the leading IoT smart products platform to help manufacturers connect their products, and packaging, to the web.
The Inirv React is a different kind of safety IoT device. Rather than focusing on home security, it helps prevents fires. They’re knobs for your stovetop that sense hazardous situations and can turn off your stove burners when necessary or even prevent children from using the stove when you’re not home through its “child safety” mode.
What makes IOTAS unique in the smart home space is that it targets renters and landlords. Landlords can have the systems installed as a perk to attract tenants, but they also earn a commission based on renters’ services (incentivizing the growth of smart homes in large rental markets). Renters benefit by saving money with more efficient energy use and better security.
Notion is simplifying your smart home setup. Peel and stick a single type of sensor near whatever you want to monitor. Each sensor has the ability to monitor temperature, whether doors are open or closed, whether there’s a leak, or if your lights are on or not. So stick them anywhere, pair them with your mobile device, and monitor your entire home from one app.
Pavegen made a splash on the IoT scene with its pavement tiles that harness the kinetic energy of people’s footsteps to power lights. Their technology on a larger scale could be a significant source of clean energy for smart cities of the future.
- OTM Technologies
OTM Technologies is behind a smart pen called Phree. Write or draw on any surface and have what you create automatically sent to your mobile device. No paper, no tablets – write on anything.
SecuriThings is a security solution for connected devices. It monitors not only human behavior but also that of IoT devices tied to smart cities, buildings, or industrial uses. It combines this data to identify, and protect those devices from, possible attacks.
Saffron’s Drift TV device connects to your TV to let you control and adjust blue light from your screen (too much of which can negatively affect your sleep).
SkyBell connects a video doorbell to your smartphone, so you can “answer” your door whether you’re home or not, always able to see who’s coming and going for increased security and peace of mind.
What IoT startups are you keeping an eye on? What are your favorite connected devices so far, and what concerns do you have about increased connectivity in your life? Tell us what you think in the comments.