The services mentioned above are still the domain of nerds. SmartThings could be one of the first projects to bring the IoT to the people. Although controlling your ‘things’ is still done online or by using an app, the tangible part of this product are the hub and its connected chips on your physical objects. No more hassle with micro-controllers, but a good-looking piece of electronics. That’s where stuff starts to become really interesting.
Is your front door closed? Your pet runs out of your yard? Afraid of basement flooding? SmartThings is able to notify you through its SmartApps, and enables you to take control, warn a plumber, or check out where your dog is hanging out. SmartThings recently became a hot thing on Kickstarter where it raised over $1,000,000. The initiators are currently developing the very first device.
The Internet of Things is increasingly becoming an Internet of Tangible Things. And very probably, this will not be the last article presenting initiatives to make the Internet of Things more concrete, since we still have a long time to go.