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A Connected Day In The Not-so-distant Future

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The first thing we do every morning is not brush our teeth, but check our phone for updates. Next come the morning ablutions. But very soon, smart devices will become an inseparable part of our lives and guide and monitor our day-to-day activities.

For instance, Oral-B’s interactive electric toothbrush — the SmartSeries 7000 — with Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and the Oral-B app, developed by Berlin-headquartered IconMobile, keeps track of your brushing habits. The smart brush collects data on how well you brush and how long you spend, among other things, and sends the data to your mobile. You can share this record with your dentist, if you want.

In time, users can expect all sorts of information — news, calendar, mails — to flash on their bathroom mirror.

Then, in the big rush to get to work on time, breakfast is usually a casualty. That should change as California’s Belkin International’s coffee maker will brew your latte while you shower. And, its Crock-Pot smart slow cooker that retails for $130 will make your favourite breakfast in time. The Philips Home Cooker, expected soon, will enable you to download a recipe and put in the ingredients, after which it will intelligently stir, change cooking temperature and manage time.

Most of us tend to not find things when we need them. If you can’t locate your wallet while rushing to work, do not panic. The tracker from SenseGiz (Rs 1,495) can alert your phone about its whereabouts. The home too needs security. And, when you are away, AT&T’s Digital Life solutions can track multiple gadgets at home, including energy sensors, water detectors, cameras and windows for under $40 a month.

Driving to work too will no longer be a challenge as some of the biggest car companies are working on solutions. AT&T’s Digital Drive Studio has joined hands with Ericsson, Qualcomm, Accenture and Amdocs to develop connected cars. Shortly, every new car will always be connected to the Internet.

But, what if your office is in a polluted area? The Philips Air Purifier with a wi-fi chipset that hooks up to a smartphone is already available in China. It can be programmed to purify the air before you reach office. Says Pieter Nota, CEO-Consumer Lifestyle, Philips: “We can also purify air to remove elements like pollen, reducing the impact of hay fever in summer months.”

The big worry at work is that someone will hack into your PC while you are at a meeting. Not anymore. Korea Telecom offers a solution: a facial scan each time you enter or exit office. So, when you are away, no one can use your PC, even with your password.

A concern for most people is the health of elderly parents who live far away. Now, you can monitor their health at all times with SenseGiz’s Star Band (Rs 6,600). It sends an alert to your smartphone in case of an accidental fall or ill health.

Life is not all about work. If you are into basketball, the 94Fifty, a chargeable basketball, transmits data on how well you play. Of course, the Cityzen Science’s shirt you wear during a game will monitor your vital signs.

On the way home, a quick tap will cool your room, get dinner ready and record your favourite soap. All that you need is to get home and relax.

(This story was published in BW | Businessworld Issue Dated 25-08-2014)