Here are 4 of the Most Promising IoT Startups
The average consumer probably isn't familiar with the short code of IoT, even if it is something they use or rely on each day. Known as the Internet of Things, Forbes offers a simple description of IoT as "the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet, and/or to each other." Everything from a smart home network to connectivity over distance falls into IoT. As the field expands, there are a number of promising IoT startups offering consumers interesting ways to exploit the world's growing broadband and mobile connectivity.
Modern parents are no more or less concerned about the health and welfare of their newborns around the house than previous generations. The biggest difference is the availability of reliable tech toys to help them better monitor their little ones. Sproutling offers family technology that allows parents and children to thrive. The centerpiece offering from this IoT startup is a wearable band for infants that monitors, learns, and predicts the sleeping patterns of babies, and even determines optimal sleep conditions. The band works in concert with a mobile app and smart charger to give parents an in-depth look at their child's sleep habits.
It sounds like a mouthful, but IFTTT is an acronym for "If This Then That," and it's the name of a great IoT startup that helps bride the divide between the physical world of everyday life and the activity of the Internet. Aimed at both companies and consumers, IFTTT makes it easy for individuals to create digital "recipes" that connect random devices together, such as your Facebook newsfeed, your Dropbox account, and your email, just as an example.
For example, you can use IFTTT to setup a rule that states "If my brand is mentioned on Facebook, send me an email." It's a simple and easy way of connect the apps you love on the devices you use the most.
If you're driving an older vehicle or just a lower-range model and wish you had some of the connectivity features in high-end models, Automatic is here to help you bridge the gap. The technology available from Automatic allows you to essentially turn any vehicle into a connected car simply by using their connected car adapter and a companion app on your iPhone or Android device. What's Automatic's most impressive feature? The app has a "check engine light" feature that diagnoses the issue with an easy-to-understand description of the problem. What American driver wouldn't love that?
This might be one of the most promising IoT startups out there because it has the potential to connect more Americans to data. Helium offers a platform that connects smart devices to the web without a Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or cellular data connection. All you need is the Helium Atom connected to your device and you can access Helium's infrastructure wherever it exists, offering you a secure and reliable connection to the Internet, whether you've got coverage there or not.
The Internet is powering a new generation of innovation, and the IoT startups mentioned above are some of the most promising companies in a field that is building a deeper connection between individuals, data, and the rest of the world.