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5 IoT Devices to Link Dad to the Cloud This Father’s Day

Benjamin Hunting
May 12, 2018

2 minute read

Home use of IoT devices is predicted by the McKinsey Institute to have an economic impact of over $200 billion by the year 2025. BI Intelligence further projects that wearable products alone – like the kind you might give your dad for a Father’s Day boost at the gym – are poised to grow to 162.9 million units by the end of 2020.

Shopping for unique gift ideas for Father’s Day can definitely show you the breadth of gadgets and gizmos represented by the Internet of Things, and in particular demonstrate how their usefulness can have an important impact on our daily lives. Check out these 5 IoT items that’ll make your dad smile – or at the very least, raise an eyebrow as he sits down with the manual to figure out how it all works.

August Smart Lock Pro + Connect

Dad can’t always be there to unlock the door for a family member who might have forgotten their keys, a repair person coming to check on the heating system, or a friend stopping by to feed the cat. What he can do, thanks to the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect, is open up the house remotely using a smart phone app. Since it attaches to the inside of your existing door and deadbolt, there’s no complicated installation to go through, either.

Link AKC Smart Collar for dogs

Your father won’t wonder where Fido is ever again thanks to the Link AKC smart collar. In addition to featuring built-in GPS, the Smart Collar also monitors canine health and activity levels, all of which are tracked and analyzed on a mobile app.

GreenIQ watering system

The quest for the perfect lawn is a dad-level challenge that he rises to answer each summer. Wouldn’t it be great if he could rely on IoT devices like the GreenIQ watering system as an ally? This unique system takes into account weather conditions, date, time, and sensors embedded in the turf to make sure that lawns and gardens achieve perfect moisture levels.

Foobot air quality monitor

Fathers want to keep their families safe, but they can’t always stay on top of every potential threat to the health of their loved ones. That’s where IoT devices like the Foobot air quality monitor step in. Foobot constantly scans for pollutants, chemicals, and other nasties and doesn’t just warn of their presence – it connects with you to analyze the effect of a home’s air quality on its occupants over time.

Runteq Zoi Running Technique Coach

You dad might be a runner – but is he running ‘right’? Bad habits while training can lead to injuries down the road, which is why the Zoi Running Technique Coach by Runteq offers a wearable solution that analyzes form, suggests ways to change stride and gait to prevent injury, and educates about pace, step rate, and ground contact time. In other words, it gives your father a unique level of insight into his running style while making him a better and safer athlete.

Any one of these IoT devices would make for a memorable father’s day gift – and the beauty of the nature of the Internet of Things is that each one adds its respective benefits on top of the other to help build a healthier, easier, and connected lifestyle.

Benjamin Hunting
Benjamin Hunting
Benjamin Hunting has covered science, medicine, and technology for a wide range of publications, and has also been published in the Journal of Medical Economics. He coded his first computer program at the age of 8 on a Commodore VIC-20 and still has the audio cassette he saved it on hanging around somewhere in his office.
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