The wearables market has exploded and there are dozens of solutions for many daily problems that we have or wearables that make our life easier and comfortable. But when we talk about wearables, people usually think about wearables for humans and there is another market with dozens of IoT solutions:we talk about pets. And it will be a big market, recently we read an article about pet wearables and tech by Sandy Robins who says that this market is set to be a $2.6 billion industry by 2019 (according to a IDTechEx report).
Our domestic animals are part of our families and we can take care of them using some IoT devices. Dogs and Cats are the kings of this category. One of the most used features for pet wearables is a GPS to record the activity of your pet and send the information to your phone . This information tells you if your pet is a bit lazy and need practice more sport. There are some companies working in this area like PitPat, Whistle or Wonderwoof. All works with a smart collar or a device you must to put in the collar of your cat/dog.
A bit further is Pet Pace, that tracks health information of your cat or dog like: temperature, heart beating, respiration rate or the body posture of you pet to identify pain for example. This devices is sold to veterinarians too . The information is collected by a smart non-invasive collar and send all the data to an app mobile to manage it.
Beyond these connected collars, there are other devices to help us take care of our pets like PetNet which Is a Smart Feeder that allows you to manage the feeding times and the portion sizes from your smartphone. PetCube is another company who has many solutions in this line, like a reward cookie system or a device that allows you to have streaming video of your pet , talk to him and play with a laser toy. You can see the video to see how it works.
And also PetCube works with your Apple Watch. Not all useful things are made with very high tech, sometimes devices for our pets are only good ideas, like Piqapoo. It is a kickstarter project, very well explained by Matthew Hughes here( video is funny to see).
There is no census of connected dogs versus cats but, do you prefer cats or dogs?
Christmas season is just around the corner and smart bracelets to track your favorite sport might be the perfect gift. Sport wearable devices, combined with apps, help you train properly while they also motivate you. You might already know the wonders of the most known products but here are some other interesting IoT sport products:
For example, if you are a runner probably want to try the Under Armour Gemini 2 shoes. The shoe is connected with an app to your mobile ( although there is no need to run with your phone) and the shoes tracks every run you make. The app get a map of your run and suggest how to improve yourself by the next. Also a pair notifies you when you achieve 400 miles that is the calculation of time that a pair can used properly ( and time to buy a new pair of course). In the web site you have information about how the pair of shoes works,in the next video Under Armour team speaks about how was the creation of the shoes and how every detail was important.
If your sport is baseball-softball Zepp is for you. It is a training platform that mixes a free app and a sensor you put in your baseball bat. The system tracks your swings and smart coaches you the areas you must focus on. The instant evaluations can even render swing in 3D. You can even go social and compare your training with other players.
Zepp has also a similar solutions for golf players. This time the sensors are located in a wearable glove. If you like like tennis, then check Babolatproducts. They are the pioneers in racquets sports. Babolat launched the first product, the “Play&Connect Racquet”, back in 2012. It is used by professionals like Rafa Nadal.
There are other examples for well known companies likeAdidas developing solutions in the IoT arena, like Micoach Smart Ball that tracks your strikes and show how you manipulate the soccer ball .The ball hides a sensor to collect data like the power of your kick, the speed or how the strike is and sends to your phone. Like other solutions, your smartphone app becomes a smart coach to improve your ball handling.
More than geek gadgets
Most of these sport wearables are considered simply geek gadgets to improve the amateur pratice. But now they are becoming more and more useful to “End the Pain”. An interesting article in Technologist.eu Magazinetalks about sport and technology and one of the topics is the efficiency in the computer simulations to prevent injuries (and other interesting topics too related with sport and tech) or help in the recovery process . You can read about the example of Kitman Labs, a company that has a product to transform data into insights to reduce player injuries and optimize the players health .
With Internet of Things you can be ready to practise any sport, don’t you? Or at least you can find nice christmas gift ideas.
A unique event in Madrid, October 8th where innovations, expert speakers and demos are together around the Internet of Things World and the IT sector.
APIs and IoT are together in this event who gathers the most relevant experts and companies in the sector.
Companies like Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, BBVA, Fitbit, Zerintia, Telefónica, Insteon, Libelium, Aborda, IDC, Think Big Factory, Carriots, Cooking Hacks, BEEVA, Genoa, M2M Consultancy and Meetup IoT Madrid are some of them.
Our CEO, Miguel Castillo will be one of the speakers with the topic “challenges and benefits to create connected products”.