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Internet of Things continues to build the smart home of the future

by Stephanie Chan

Internet of Things builds the smart home of the future

See how other IoT devices are changing and improving the way we live—aiding with everything from breast cancer detection to navigating the visually impaired.

As Roomba robots roam the halls of your house, they can collect data about the layout of your home. iRobot, the company behind the round vacuum, says this data can be then used to increase the intelligence of your other smart home devices.

The company claims it will only share the home map upon the users consent, but privacy remains a concern for many.

Still, the possibility for the "things" in your home to be entirely connected to one another is an exciting thought. Bringing the services of temperature control, home security, and more can create the perfect ecosystem for a truly smart home.

Forbes came out with a list of the best smart home devices, which includes temperature control, light automation, sprinkler scheduling, smart refrigerators, and home security. Mary Ann Azevedo writes that interfaces are evolving to help devices communicate with other another.

The Internet of Things continues to make revolutionary changes outside of the home as well.

Liza Meak recently covered the story of Handisco, a French startup supported by Cisco that had created an IoT walking stick. This cane can connect with pedestrian streetlights so that visually impaired people can cross streets securely.

Another innovative IoT healthcare device is the iTBra, a wearable smart device that can detect temperature changes in breast tissue. Rob Royea of Cyrcadia Health created this wearable—sensors in the bra help gather data that can show the risk of breast cancer. Royea's journey and development of the iTBra is captured in a documentary called Detected—a film that shows how new technologies save lives.

To learn more about the iTBra and Detected, please click here.


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