Call them whatever you want --
connected devices or the even odder "Internet of Things" -- but if
these products make our overtaxed, oversubscribed, overwhelmed lives more
manageable, we're listening.
Can't stand the ear-knifing
low-battery chirp of the smoke detector? Check out the Nest Protect. Do you have
the unhealthy habit of inhaling your food? Take a hold of the HAPIfork. Want
your doors to automatically lock when you leave and unlock when you arrive at
home? Consider the SmartThings system.
By the end of 2020,
IDC expects there to be 212 billion products -- from rice cookers to cars --
connected to the Web globally. Here's a sampling of today's more interesting
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