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15 Internet Devices to Make Life Easier -- or Less Annoying

By Bloomberg News - 2013-12-03T18:21:04Z

Photograph by Javier Pierini/Getty Images

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From Forks to Doors

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 ones.

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