In Hong Kong, the Internet of Things (Pets, Children and Exercise)
While big companies like Microsoft, Texas Instruments, and Intel are counting on the Internet of Things to reduce waste, allow preemptive maintenance on an industrial scale, and lead to billions in new revenue streams by analyzing the data of trillions of devices talking to each other, there’s another story on the opposite end: small companies working to create individualized products for consumers. They’re betting that creating connections for people, not machines, will lead to a lucrative future.
Wearables remains a hot topic for production, here at the HKTDC-sponsored Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition), with new variations on the watch/exercise wristband, like the new innoBand-D from innoWear (http://www.innowear.hk). Chandan Sethi, founder and CEO of the company, demo’ed a device that measured exercise/steps, and calories burned, along with simple sleep-quality analysis, chronometer, and customizable LED readout. The “brains” of the device can be popped out of the silicone band to charge, or to swap colors. The innoBand-D pairs with a simple but attractive app (iOS/Android), allowing you to download, record, and analyze your health history.
And while innoWear is helping users take care of themselves, the Tracker Technology Co. wants to help users keep track of the people, animals, and vehicles in their lives. With three product lines, iCare, iPet, and iCar, consumers will be able to monitor the location (and condition) via GPS. Their first line, iPets, comes in three varieties. There is the iPet Tracker, an integrated collar/GPS unit (SIM card not included) that can alert you if your pet runs off (leaving a user-defined area), as well as giving you updated location data. The iPetdeco is a soft bag that attaches to an existing collar, but uses the same GPS tech to find your pet. If however, you want a smaller, simpler solution, the iPetfinder is a lightweight dongle that uses Bluetooth to alert you that your pets have left a defined area, allowing you to search quickly for them.