|Tech giant like Lenovo have also been interested in taking advantage of IoT and develop their own IoT-powered products and smart gadgets. / Photo by: Piotr Swat via 123rf|
With internet connectivity getting stronger and turning into a requirement for anything while the use of smart gadgets gradually becomes the norm, it is understandable that Apple is not the only company developing innovative smartwatches anymore.
Naturally, after the internet of things' (IoT) big boom, tech giants like Samsung and Lenovo have also been interested in taking advantage of IoT and have even moved to develop their own IoT-powered products and smart gadgets.
A prime example of a contender against Apple's renowned smartwatch is Lenovo. According to a report published in Deccan Chronicle, it has been consolidated that Apple smartwatch is not a very special snowflake anymore as newer smartwatches like Lenovo's Ego follow in its footsteps.
In detail, the said article reported that in its launch in India, Lenovo's Ego reportedly garnered positive reviews because of its sleek yet efficient design. Truth be told, the report did not note anything particularly unique about Lenovo's fitness tracking watch aside from its aesthetics because almost all smartwatches have health trackers and enable users to keep track of their messages and calls without grappling for their phones. Therefore, function-wise, the Lenovo Ego does not have anything new to offer and may even be cast aside as another smartwatch.
On the other hand, what is notable about this report, however, is that it gives us clear evidence and a clear picture that IoT technologies are becoming so common, using smartwatches might even be considered the norm in the nearer future. This further shows us that tech giants might not just be interested in IoT technologies but are more inclined to go after it now that it's been proven to be marketable.
Surprisingly and thankfully, aside from raking in profits from these new IoT developments, another repercussion that these tech companies may have unknowingly kickstarted in their quest to take advantage of the IoT boom is the creation of more IoT technologies that can support a more sustainable environment.
Helping Others Using IoT
Indeed, the idea of IoT products supporting a sustainable environment is also starting to bud as an article published in Gadgetsandwearables.com cited that a smart bottle can help other people have access to clean drinking water while also keeping its users hydrated.
In specifics, the said report shared that Hydrade, the eco-friendly smart water bottle that makes sure that you drink the right amount of water, impressively raised about 100,000 USD on Kickstarter recently--almost twice their original amount goal. Like any other campaign program, a product is being sold and the money made will be used for charity. The twist, however, about this charity event is that it capitalized on the IoT boom by selling Hydrade.
According to the report, apart from being a smart bottle that will always remind you to drink water, the beauty of Hydrade also relies on its self-sustainability-- it is has a built-in solar panel which can be activated whenever there is enough illumination. This means that you don't necessarily have to take the extra mile to charge it, you can simply leave it by the sunlight until it is fully charged and your smart water bottle should be good for the next 20 days. Moreover, Hydrade is also personalized based on you water drinking activities; it keeps tabs of your drinking pattern or intake, suggests hydration levels, sends drink reminders, and can even be synced with your smartphone health apps like Fitbit.
|Hydrade keeps tabs of your drinking pattern or intake, suggests hydration levels, sends drink reminders, and can be synced with your smartphone health apps like Fitbit. / Photo by: Iurii Golub via 123rf|
Of course, like any quality water bottle, its features are also superb complete with double wall insulation and stainless steel, and being BPA free. However, what's even more exciting and unique about it is that the more you use Hydrade, the more you can also help the needy, and this goes for more than just the money you gave to buy it because it also has another feature up its sleeve -- the smart bottle is smart enough to track your liquid consumption and convert it to a donation that will be sent to a charity named Charity: Water. In simple terms, you can generate a larger amount of donation the more water you drink, and this kills two birds with one stone.
Thus, you can understand why this initiative caught so much attention. Aside from donating the money, you can also have an exciting smart bottle that can track your drinking habits, and a chance to help more people. This just goes to show that even as just a product, IoT technologies have enough pull to generate or raise a large amount of money.
Just imagine if more firms and charities mimicked Hydrade's example. Just imagine how much revenue and donation could be made solely from the sales. Though it is true that IoT technologies are revenue-seeking technologies, it also cannot be denied that IoT can also be charitable.