A startup called 24eight dreamed up the wireless diaper, which features an embedded chip that sends SMS messages to parents or babysitters when the diaper is wet. The connected diapers only cost an extra two cents to produce than normal diapers, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Also developed by 24eight, the connected slipper was designed with the elderly in mind. Using a similar technology that recognizes when a smartphone is tilted, the slipper monitors the wearer’s footsteps for warning signs and communicates any potential problems to family members and physicians.
10. Breathalyzer (that Tweets)
This breathalyzer prototype can transmit the user’s blood alcohol level to his Twitter account, automatically making it available for everyone to see. While most people wouldn’t want their drunkenness publicly available, it could be a good deterrent for repeat drunk drivers.
One of the more well-known connected pieces of apparel is footwear. Nike may have gotten the most recognition for it, but several others, including Google and fashion company WeSC, have developed shoes that connect to social media and even talk to the wearer as exercise motivation when he has been standing still for too long.
Ballantine’s developed a T-shirt made out of ultrathin LED display technology that connects to the Internet via the wearer’s smartphone and essentially acts as a larger, body-worn display.
13. Coffee machine
In 2009, a prototype for an Internet-enabled coffee machine emerged on the forum Hacked Gadgets. By connecting the coffee machine to the Internet, the user can instruct the machine to brew a cup of coffee remotely.
While one toothbrush model currently sends dental hygiene data to the Internet through a Bluetooth-connected smartphone, researchers expect most toothbrushes to come directly Internet-enabled pretty soon, making it even harder for kids to lie to their parents about brushing their teeth.
15. Vending machines
A few Internet-connected vending machines have already surfaced for promotional purposes. Pepsi launched the Social Vending System in 2011 to engage customers and drum up publicity, while the Internet Coke Machine is an early Web legend in its own right. But vending machines stand to benefit from constant connectivity, which could alert suppliers when inventory is low.
Connected cars are a hotbed of discussion in the tech industry, and need to overcome a handful of safety and regulatory obstacles before consumers can start reaping the benefits, which range from more accurate insurance rates to cars that drive themselves.
17. Door lock
A solution for anyone who forgets to lock their front door before traveling, the Internet-connected door lock is poised to become one of the first widely adopted applications in the internet of things. Schlage’s LiNK system is a good example, granting access to a home’s door locks via PC, iPhone or iPad.
18. Christmas tree
Dubbed The Lonely Christmas Tree, the project connects the lighting on a small Christmas tree to the Internet and automates it to respond when the owner receives emails or social networking updates, as Make Magazine reports.