A toothbrush that helps with dental hygiene and a pacifier that also helps parents keep track of their baby are just some of the everyday products—that we use at home or at play—that are taking on a new life because of technology. Here are some examples:
Babolat Play Pure
Tennis will never be the same again. Babolat, the French sports manufacturer, has introduced the Babolat Play Pure Drive racket at the ongoing Australian Open, and in the hands of players like Rafael Nadal. It looks like a regular racket, but hidden sensors integrated into the handle allow players to have access to a lot of information: power, impact locator, type and number of strokes—forehand, backhand, serve, overhead smash, etc. The design seamlessly integrates two buttons and a USB port inside the handle without changing the performance of the racket. It will collect data such as the power of their shots, the angle at which they strike the ball along with the number of strokes, the level of spin, total play time, endurance, technique, consistency, energy and rallies. Approved by the International Tennis Federation for use since January 1, it is currently available to top professionals like Nadal, but will hit the market in mid-2015. It could prove to be a boon for coaches who can analyse a player’s shot selection.
Oral-B Pro 7000
The world’s largest dental-care company, Oral-B, has come out with the first-ever futuristic toothbrush. Connected via Bluetooth to your smartphone with the help of the Oral-B app, the toothbrush features active sensors that track your brushing behaviour and tell you if you are doing more harm than good. The app provides for data and advice that makes for healthier gums and teeth.
Pacif-i smart pacifier
You can now monitor your toddler’s location from a smartphone, thanks to London-based tech firm Blue Maestro. The company recently unveiled its invention for new parents, the Pacif-i smart pacifier. With an optic fibre body, the pacifier helps you keep track of your child’s location and sends an alert in case they cross a distance of 20 ft. That’s not all. The pacifier will record your child’s temperature readings and keep parents updated on other health data.
This is smart cookware for modern living. It is a cooking pan that uses smart technology to alleviate some of the drawbacks of a regular saucepan. A ‘smart handle’, which is detachable, comes with several modes that include a timer, a weighing mechanism, a thermometer and an alarm for when the pot boils over. The lid tilts, allowing food to be strained without having to transfer it to another container. The modular design, with the handle being interchangeable with different-sized pans, allows greater flexibility. Other built-in features include an integrated display that provides live feedback on the temperature, weight and timing of the saucepan contents.
A head-turner at this month’s CES show in Las Vegas, the Belty is a smart belt that can tighten and loosen itself according to the needs of your waistline. If you have a heavy lunch, it’ll slacken off to give you some breathing room; stand up and it’ll tighten up to stop your trousers from falling down. It’s a prototype and a leaner, smaller version will hit the market later this year. Belty monitors your girth, too, alerting you if you’re piling on the pounds.