Smart devices are devices that make use of a small but complex computer built right into the hardware, giving them more functionality than more conventional devices of the same type. For instance, instead of having a normal lighting system, a person might install smart lights, which can be controlled using a smartphone or tablet, or even by voice.
The smart device industry has exploded in the last few years, with more than ever being used to replace traditional devices. It makes sense most of the time: people want more convenient and easier living, but sometimes the world of smart devices takes it a little too far, as we will see here.
The Hidrate Spark
The Hidrate Spark is a smart water bottle that has made its way onto the market in the last few years. Most smart water bottles perform the same function: they pair with a device using Bluetooth, and then alert the user when they’re meant to drink some water. While it’s a nice idea in theory, they are usually fairly expensive, and it tends to be easier to simply download an app that sends a notification when it’s time to drink water.
Smart toothbrushes are nothing new, and they’ve become a popular way for the modern person to maintain good dental hygiene. And while they’re growing more common, the Onvi Prophix might be the strangest of its all. This toothbrush is able to connect to a device, such as a phone, and can take photos as well as a live video feed of the inside of the mouth that’s being brushed. The Prophix ships with a 10-megapixel camera that’s integrated into the brush. While it’s conceptually not the worst idea, it seems much easier for most people to simply make use of the mirror in the bathroom.
Utensils have also been given the smart treatment, and the smart fork is no exception. The leading smart fork on the market right now is the Hapifork, which begins to vibrate when it senses that the user is eating their food too quickly. Although that may seem like a strange feature to have, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that eating too quickly can lead to serious weight gain. Again, the practical and cost implications of such a device may not seem that feasible when the user can instead set a timer on their phone instead, meaning there’s more time for watching the game with the lads.
People love their pets, so it makes sense that a smart device aimed directly at pet owners would eventually emerge. The Furbo is a small robot that’s controlled via smartphone, and can complete a number of functions, all of which are set to help the owner remain in contact with their pets at home. The Furbo has a two-way radio built in, giving the owner the ability to chat to their beloved animals, but they’re also able to have the device deposit treats by using its smartphone app.