By any market estimate, the list of top IoT devices is growing exponentially – and is poised for continued extremely rapid growth.
Manufacturers are jumping on board the IoT trend and have begun adding Internet connectivity to a host of products. A quick Internet search turns up countless of “smart” or “connected” products.
Many of them are consumer IoT devices in the home automation space, but the industrial Internet of Things device market is also picking up steam. Additionally, there are many companies offering components and boards for makers and inventors interested in creating their own IoT devices.
Table of Contents, Top IoT Devices:
- Home Automation IoT Devices
- Industrial IoT Devices
- Health and Fitness IoT Devices
- Miscellaneous IoT Devices
- Development Boards IoT Devices
- Virtual Reality and AR IoT Devices
- Bottom Line: The Importance of IoT Devices
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IoT Devices – About The List
For this IoT devices list, we focused on IoT devices that are particularly popular, interesting, or otherwise noteworthy. Please note that this is not a ranking; devices are arranged into categories and then alphabetically within each category.
Top 85 IoT Devices
IoT devices can help not only businesses but consumers as well. From home automation devices to virtual reality, IoT can improve how people work and live. Here are the top 85 IoT devices:
Home automation IoT devices are gaining in popularity among consumers, due to the help they offer for a user’s home. From being able to order groceries online to managing smart homes, IoT devices can contribute to any home.
Amazon offers an assortment of buttons that will order additional supplies of commonly used household products directly from Amazon.com. There are buttons for toilet paper, goldfish crackers, soap, laundry detergent, trash bags, cleaners, Gatorade, soup, razors, beauty products, baby formula, and much more.
This smart home hub is essentially a speaker that can listen to users and respond to commands. It can play music, answer questions, read audiobooks, deliver traffic and weather reports, control lights and thermostats, order pizza, order an Uber, and much more.
With the latest Fire Stick model that includes 4K streaming with Alexa voice remote, the Amazon Fire TV Stick is a streaming solution that meets many other household needs. Whether a user is ordering more detergent through their Amazon Prime shopping cart or pulling up live home security feeds on the TV, the Alexa-enabled Fire Stick gives a user access to more than their favorite TV shows and movies.
A good option for people with asthma or allergies, Awair is an air-quality sensor that can send smartphone alerts and recommendations for improving the indoor air quality. It also has programs for improving sleep and productivity.
Belkin’s WeMo is a complete line of home IoT devices that include smart switches, cameras, lights, an air purifier, a heater, a slow cooker, a humidifier, and more. The company has partnerships with several other firms that allow end users to control a lot of different devices with one smartphone app.
This cybersecurity hardware is designed to unify and protect all of a user’s IoT devices, regardless of their native level of security and antivirus protections. The BOX application enables a user to set custom security settings for each of their devices, create profiles and identify strange devices in their network, and catch a snapshot of overall network activity at any given time.
This all-in-one home security system captures video and audio and sends alerts to a user’s smartphone. It automatically knows when they are home or away (no need to enter a security code), and a user can also view the live video feed from their phone.
A user doesn’t have to buy a new garage door opener to control it with their smartphone. Chamberlain MyQ products allow a user to control their existing garage door with their iPhone or Android device.
Cinder’s website describes this product as “a cross between sous vide, the high-end slow-cooking water bath method used by restaurant chefs, and the George Foreman grill.” It’s a countertop grill that connects to a user’s smartphone to make cooking fast and easy.
This line of home automation products works with Apple HomeKit to allow users to monitor indoor air, outdoor weather, energy consumption, and whether windows and doors are open or closed. The same company also offers a line of smart lighting products that can be controlled with Android or iOS devices.
GE makes quite a few different types of connected appliances, including wall ovens, ranges, refrigerators, dishwashers, washers and dryers, water heaters, and air conditioners. Through GE’s WiFi Connect service and apps, consumers can control the appliances or receive alerts.
Honeywell also offers a huge lineup of products related to home automation and security. It includes thermostats, GPS asset tracking, locks, lighting, video surveillance, and more.
This countertop oven aims to be “more efficient than your conventional oven, more precise than your toaster oven, and way more intelligent than either.” It includes digital core temperature probes, a built-in digital scale, and a camera with a food recognition engine. The company is accepting pre-orders, and products are scheduled to begin shipping before the end of the year.
LG divides its SmartThinQ line of connected appliances into categories for the kitchen (ranges and refrigerators), living (washers, dryers, robotic vacuums, and air conditioners), and safety (robot vacuum doubles as a safety monitor with a video feed). They all integrate with the company’s smartphone app.
Nanit Plus maintains the features of traditional baby monitors while adding several smart features to track a baby’s sleep patterns. The device includes sleep stats to track metrics like sleep onset, time asleep, visits, and overall sleep efficiency, helping parents to sleep coach with real insights. Another personalized feature is Memories, which gathers photos and videos in a sleep time capsule over time. This device works when the internet goes down and can be paired with other IoT devices, such as Amazon Echo.
With this connected coffee maker, a user can use their smartphone to schedule coffee brewing, order supplies and receive maintenance alerts. The machine heats up quickly and uses single-serve coffee capsules.
Nest is best known for its Internet-connected thermostat, but it also makes smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and cameras. Its products also integrate with IoT home automation products from a variety of other vendors.
With Neurio, homeowners can track their energy usage (or energy production if they have solar panels installed) from their smartphones. It takes a little work to install the device onto an electrical panel, but it can help users identify opportunities for energy savings in their homes.
Philips offers a complete line of connected lighting products. It includes dimmers, light strips, switches, controllers, and more.
Piper incorporates both home security and a home automation hub. It has a motion sensor and video camera for security, and the smartphone app allows a user to control lighting and appliances. For added security, it can also integrate with door or window sensors.
The Ring Doorbell doubles as a door answering device and an additional form of home security. With its built-in video camera, Ring senses and records motion near a door, allowing a user to communicate with their visitor in real-time or review the most important security footage later.
Roost’s most unique product is its connected battery. Designed for use in smoke detectors, this battery tells the user when it needs to be changed so that they don’t get those annoying chirps at three in the morning. The company also makes smart smoke alarms and water leak/freeze detectors.
Samsung’s SmartThings Line includes smart outlets, hubs, motion sensors, multipurpose sensors, arrival sensors, water leak sensors, and more. The company also sells a complete home monitoring kit that makes it easy to get started with home automation.
Long known for its deadbolts and door knobs, Schlage is getting ready for the IoT era with two lines of smart home locks: Schlage Sense is a Bluetooth-enabled smart deadbolt that integrates with iOS devices, and Schlage Connect is a similar smart locking system that integrates with alarm and security systems.
This smart mattress was designed to automatically adjust to a person’s sleep patterns and to give them real-time data on the quality of their sleep. The 360 Smart Bed automatically adjusts temperature microclimates, firmness, position, and other features based on their movements and sleep cycle. With features like SleepIQ and Partner Snore technology, the 360 Smart Bed application also allows the user to track and improve their sleep health over time.
Designed for music lovers, Sonos is a smart speaker system that they can install in a single room or throughout a house. Use the free smartphone app to control the music playing on the speakers—a user can even play different music in each room.
For now, Whirlpool’s only smart appliances are washers and dryers, but its website seems to suggest that it has plans to offer more appliances that can connect to smartphones and tablets. Interestingly, the washer and dryer can also connect to the Nest thermostat to help consumers save money on their energy bills.
Wink is a smart home hub that connects a lot of other IoT products from companies like GE, Nest, Philips, and Schlage. Control lighting, thermostat, door locks, appliances, blinds, and more from a single console.
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Industrial IoT is made up of devices, applications, and networking equipment made to collect, monitor, and analyze data from industrial processes. Every industrial business can benefit from these devices.
Safety is always a concern in the oil and gas industry. Aptomar makes IoT sensors and systems for detecting spills and increasing safety. The company also offers services for monitoring oil and gas facilities.
Focused on the transportation and logistics industries, ATrack offers GPS tracking for monitoring assets and vehicles. It supplies its technology to a variety of other manufacturers and tracking services.
With Centrak’s low-energy Bluetooth beacons, companies can track the locations of employees, assets, customers, patients, and more in real-time. The service is focused primarily on the healthcare, retail, and manufacturing industries.
Bosch has set its sights on becoming a leader in the IoT space. It manufactures sensors that go into other IoT devices as well as some smart home appliances. It also offers a complete cloud platform for building IoT applications.
The CargoSense solution includes sensors that can be included with product shipments to track temperature, humidity, shock, light, tilt, and pressure every five minutes. That data is tracked by an integrated analytics system that allows manufacturers and logistics companies to see what is happening with shipments at every point in the delivery process.
These wearable sensors track how employees are moving. The goal is to improve safety and reduce risk by helping prevent injuries. The company also offers similar technology that can be used by healthcare providers to help assess injuries and recommend therapies.
Filament makes industrial sensors with long-range wireless capabilities. It offers two products—the Tap and the Patch—that can be used to monitor environments and transmit data back to the network.
This company sells a host of sensors, probes, modules, adaptors, convertors, and networking tools that companies can use to connect their factories, warehouses, and other facilities to the Internet of Things. The company also makes a line of home automation devices under the ConnectSense brand name.
Impinj claims to offer “the most comprehensive and widely adopted RAIN RFID platform.” It offers tag chips, gateways, readers, antennas, and software for retailers, healthcare, and other markets.
Rethink doesn’t just make robots—they make smart, collaborative robots that can work together and learn, accomplishing precise tasks in manufacturing and testing facilities. A user can either purchase one of their pre-built robots with names like Sawyer and Baxter, or a user can work with the company to build a custom bot for their purposes.
A user can think of RoboCV as a robot forklift. Designed for warehouses, it can move pallets and boxes from place to place without human intervention. Users can control and monitor the vehicle from a centralized panel, and they can also integrate it with external IT systems if they choose.
This startup makes industrial IoT sensors for fleet telematics, energy monitoring, cold chain monitoring, asset monitoring, and other purposes. The sensors transmit data to its cloud-hosted software where it can be monitored and analyzed.
Tachyus makes IoT solutions for the oil and gas industry. Their products allow producers to measure what is happening with their oil and gas extraction processes and then analyze and optimize those processes to maximize output.
Made by a company called Advantech B+B SmartWorx, this line of industrial sensors can track liquid or air temperature, current, liquid flow, vibration, and levels for various types of equipment and tanks. The platform also includes a gateway for collecting and transmitting data from the sensor network.
This company makes RFID tags and other technology for asset tracking in a wide variety of industries. Their tiny tags are small enough to be attached to medical supplies and surgical tools, and they are rugged enough for environments like oil and gas exploration.
Healthcare and fitness IoT devices offer many new opportunities for healthcare and fitness professionals to monitor patients, as well as help experts research for recovery.
AdhereTech makes smart, wireless pill bottles that help ensure that patients are taking their medication. They are currently being used for research studies, but their use will likely expand to the general population.
Perhaps one of the most popular forms of personal IoT, the Apple Watch has been adopted by many users for its versatile communication and health-related functions. Apple users can use an Apple Watch to call or text, get directions via Siri, listen to music, track their heart rate and daily activity, and even notify EMS during a personal emergency. Apple Watches pair with other Apple devices like iPhones, but users don’t have to have their phone nearby to use Apple Watch features.
Babylon Health created an app to help patients have remote appointments and consultations with either a virtual or real doctor. This includes text and video appointments that are AI-powered chatbot that is meant to help patients find correct care.
Available by prescription, Bioflux is an ECG monitoring device that allows physicians to keep track of their cardiac patients 24 hours a day. The full solution includes the device, analytics software, and monitoring service that can contact patients and healthcare providers when patients are in distress.
Breathe into the Mint device, and it will tell how effectively a user is brushing their teeth. (Yes, essentially, this is an IoT device that tells a user if they have bad breath). It gives a grade and tracks their progress toward better oral hygiene.
Fitbit leads the market for wearable fitness and health trackers. Devices are available in a wide variety of styles and colors, and they can help consumers track progress toward their fitness goals.
This line of fitness trackers is focused on people who consider themselves to be athletes. It tracks their heart rate, pace, and times, and it includes tools for a wide variety of sports.
Genoox is a cloud-based system that uses genomic patient data and converts it into clear medical data. Genoox records patients’ data so medical professionals can analyze all of the records to find the best treatment for a patient.
Helix works to help patients have new opportunities to have remote patient monitoring. With the devices Helix provides, medical professionals can provide personalized care without having to leave their houses.
Karius is an IoT healthcare service that only needs a blood sample to detect over 1000 pathogens that can detect infections. This can help clinicians and patients alike by running tests to save time and prevent further medical problems.
Peloton is a home-based bike workout with built-in classes, instruction, and social engagement opportunities with other users. The Peloton IoT is designed to help a user track their heart rate, resistance, and other fitness metrics in real-time, and their Peloton Bike can pair with other IoT devices, such as Apple Watches so that a user’s activity is accurately tracked across their fitness devices. Although it is an at-home workout, a Peloton device allows a user to build a community and communicate with other riders around the world.
Tempo Studio combines features of both a gym membership and a home workout, with all weights and workout equipment included in the membership subscription-based home set. Through a central “studio” that uses AI to give personalized coaching and weight recommendations for each user, as well as a growing library of live and pre-recorded classes, the program is tailored to provide a smart touch to a home workout.
Extremely easy to use, this blood pressure monitor slips over an arm, takes a user’s blood pressure readings, and sends the results to their smartphone where they are tracked over time. The same company also makes other health-related IoT products like fitness sensors, oxygen sensors, baby monitors, scales, thermometers, and more.
Not all IoT devices fall under one industry or category. These devices are equally as necessary and can be used for gardening, fishing, security, and pet ownership.
The Benjilock TSA Fingerprint Padlock uses a user’s fingerprint to unlock any tool or suitcase a user locks. This helps with security and convenience, so whatever it is locked to is protected.
If users think gardening was a low-tech activity, meet Click and Grow, the smart indoor garden. The company claims it helps balance oxygen, water, and nutritional ingredients to help plants grow better and faster.
Designed for fishermen, Deeper is a portable fish finder that transmits sonar readings to a smartphone. Simply attach Deeper to the line and cast it into the water. Then check the phone to see the water depth and temperature, bottom contours, and where the fish are hiding.
Foobot is an IoT device that works to avoid energy waste, make sure indoor conditions are better, and keep the company up to date.
Furbo was created to address all dog owner anxieties when a user’s pet is home alone. This IoT can alert an owner when their dog is barking or howling, send photos and video clips of their dog’s activities to their phone via the cloud, and even toss them treats when an owner is away from them. Although the system primarily focuses on dog activity, it can also notify a user of home emergencies related to smoke or CO alarms.
Mimic GO is a small, portable device that can attach to anything from a gym bag to a dorm room door. Anywhere that someone wants to track unwanted movement or potential theft, Mimic GO sends immediate notification of any disruption. Activate a Mimic GO device through a smartphone app, and it will notify a user if movement or other environmental changes are detected nearby. A user can also set up the device to sound an alarm and ward off unwanted visitors.
Particle Photon 2 is a developing module that contains both a microcontroller and Wi-Fi networking. Different from the original device, it now can support large applications.
Philips Hue Go is a portable smart light to be used anywhere, either attached to a lighting system or on its own. Philips Hue Go is a multi-color light that can be used anywhere.
Designed for the retail and hospitality industries, Theatro makes a wearable WiFi-based communication device designed to improve worker productivity. It weighs just an ounce and a half and helps hourly workers stay in touch with each other and receive quick answers to questions.
Have a dog who likes to run? Whistle is an Internet-connected collar that tracks a pet’s location and activity level. It can also monitor a pet’s health trends, making it a little bit like a Fitbit for dogs.
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Development boards IoT devices are both portable and flexible for developers. These small computers can help hobbyists, developers, and students alike.
Arduino sells a variety of IoT development boards and related accessories, many of them based on open source hardware designs. They offer special collections for kids and home hobbyists as well as more serious products for inventors and developers.
This organization offers credit-card-sized computers under the BeagleBone brand name. Most of the boards can run Linux or Android, and they are based on open source specifications.
Cypress recently purchased Broadcom’s IoT product portfolio. It includes Bluetooth sensors and smart tags, microcontrollers, and system on chips (SoC), as well as the WICED IoT Platform for developing IoT applications.
The Discovery STM32MP157C Crypto Board can leverage its microprocessors to allow users to develop applications using STM32 MPU OpenSTLinux Distribution software.
Aimed at hobbyists, students, and engineers, Flutter modules incorporate ARM processors, long-range wireless capabilities, built-in battery charging, and an integrated security chip. The organization says its products are “an ideal choice for robotics, wireless sensor networks, consumer electronics, and educational platforms.”
Microduino boards and related modules are about an inch square and stackable. Basic modules start at low cost, and the company also offers kits for building robots, quadcopters, weather stations, and more.
NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit is a computer that allows users to run multiple networks in applications like image classification, object detection, segmentation, and speech processing. The NVIDIA Jetson Nano runs in as little as five watts.
The Onion Omega2 Linux Compute Modules have been designed for applications that require connectivity and computing. The Onion Omega2 package features a CPU, memory, flash storage, and a WiFi radio. It is an advanced IoT tool.
This firm offers open source IoT hardware, including computing modules, interface boards, and battery modules. Pre-built devices are somewhat more expensive than many other open source boards, with the OpenMote-CC2538 computing module retailing for 90.00€.
Undoubtedly the best-known of all the IoT development boards, the Raspberry Pi is a complete computer the size of a credit card. The third-generation model includes a 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARMv8 CPU, Bluetooth, 1 GB RAM, 4 USB ports, an Ethernet port, a Micro SD card slot, and much more. It costs around £30.00, and purchasing is available through a network of distributors.
Short for “solar-powered data acquisition,” SODAQ offers Arduino-compatible boards, modules, and sensors that are powered by the sun. The company also develops custom IoT solutions for clients.
This company offers boards based on open source hardware designs. Its primary products are the introductory-level Neo ($49.90), the more powerful Quad/Dual ($135), and the x86, which is being funded through Kickstarter.
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Interacting with the world through VR and AR is one of the top focuses on entertainment and design work alike. Made for both consumers and professionals, VR and AR IoT devices can help connect people.
Here are the top seven VR and AR IoT devices:
Light engines, such as AVEGANT, are at the heart of what powers every augmented reality product. Avegant offers edge technologies that allow a user to have compact and manufacturable AR light engines.
A surprisingly low-tech approach to virtual reality, Google Cardboard requires users to slot an Android smartphone into a cardboard (or plastic) viewer that they can make themselves or buy. For nostalgic toy lovers, there’s also a viewer that looks like a Mattel View-Master.
Designed primarily for enterprise use, Microsoft HoloLens is an augmented reality device that can assist with design work, communication, training, and more.
Facebook’s Oculus Rift device offers consumers a virtual reality experience for playing games, watching movies, and other entertainment experiences. Devices start at $399, and to use them buyers will need a compatible PC.
RealD is one of the well-known VR IoT tools. RealD aims to have the perfect visual experience for their users that works on many devices. As a premier visual technology, RealD designs and licenses contain technologies that allow a premium viewing experience in the theater, at home, and on personal devices.
Powered by Oculus technology, Samsung’s VR headset integrates with its Galaxy line of smartphones. Key features include a Super AMOLED display, wide field of view, precise head tracking, and low latency.
TPCAST Wireless Adaptor, a Vive product, allows users to install it on their own. With an antenna array and large bandwidth, it ensures a great display experience for users that is the same as that with the cable. Vive users now can enjoy a VR experience freely.
The growing Internet of Things sector benefits home automation, industrial, healthcare, development boards, and more. Many companies offer IoT devices to help improve the lives of users.
IoT devices help connect the business and consumer worlds to help exchange data among many industries. IoT has become a necessary tool to help with company decision-making, monitoring data, and automating home and business processes. As IoT grows, it will play an increasing role in business and consumer commerce.
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