5 Next Top IoT Companies to Look Out for in 2018
IoT companies prove there is more to come from IoT in 2018. Plenty of smart devices coming our way this year to help us automate our lives.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is far from a short-lived tech fad. Gartner predicts that 8.4 billion connected devices will be in use by 2020. And two years away from that date? The recent CES 2018 tech show in Las Vegas proved there are plenty of smart devices coming our way this year alone.
With so many IoT companies edging into the marketplace, which should you look out for in 2018?
Here’s a short round-up of five of our top picks.
With so many available IoT devices and services, it’s tough to keep track of everything. Some commentators complain about the lack of compatibility between devices. Stringify‘s service aims to overcome that problem. It allows users to connect physical and digital products or services in a single place.
The platform works in the cloud, so you can access your devices wherever you are. According to their website, they have three principles that guide their work.
- Technology works for us
- It empowers humanity to achieve more
- It connects the world in meaningful ways
How does Stringify work? Say you use a Ring Video Doorbell. Connect your Things and set up a Flow based on what devices you have. Build a log on Google Drive of the people who rang the bell. Or turn on a light and your music system to make it look like someone is home if your Ring detects movement outside.
The Flows are easy to set up, and because they work across platforms, you can integrate your smart home tech in a new way. Watch out for Stringify in 2018 as they add more devices to their platform.
2. SURE Universal
Stringify lets you set up automatic flows between devices. What if you want to control all your devices from a single interface manually?
Enter the SURE Universal Remote app by, you guessed it, SURE Universal. The app uses the OCF standard to support wireless protocols. Use your smartphone to control over a million infrared appliances.
The company also offers solutions for business. SURE Thing lets vendors use a simple solution to turn appliances into smart devices.
Or there’s SURE Gate. This software helps manufacturers of set-top boxes turn them into smart home hubs. Users can sidestep the compatibility problems by running everything through this hub.
We’re dedicated to the simple idea that all devices should connect, regardless of manufacturer.
3. Device Authority
The “old” way of doing things meant networks needed to verify users. They could then use approved apps or devices. The “new” way of IoT technology means more devices need verification before users can use them.
Device Authority aims to authenticate devices to save time automatically. Their KeyScaler™ platform registers devices and even offers encryption for data across networks.
There’s a lot more to the technicalities of the platform. But it proves that companies are rising to the security challenges of IoT. KeyScaler™ is useful in the healthcare and industrial spheres at present. But it’ll be interesting to see how they tackle the challenges of consumer IoT technology.
Nanoleaf specializes in LED lighting and green technology. If you’re a keen environmentalist, they might be the company for you. Create a unique lighting experience by installing modular panels in your home.
Sync your favorite music with your light panels using Nanoleaf Rhythm. Or add a new dimension to your gaming sessions since the light panels react to video game audio too. If you work from home, the panels recreate daylight to help reduce eye fatigue.
Activate “scenes” using voice commands or customize your lighting setup using their app. Download scenes created by other users and never run out of light and sound combinations.
They offer a sensory experience beyond what other smart lighting companies offer. The panels cost a little more, but they’re a great investment for sensory stimulation.
5. BeBop Sensors
IoT technology makes wearables an exciting area of development. BeBop Sensors knows this and brings us Smart Fabric. Their unique take on polymers turns the fabric into a giant sensor. It responds to stretching, bending, twisting and force. The fabric notices any change in resistance due to these movements. PCB embedded in the fabric turns those changes into data, ready for analysis.
Gartner named the company a “cool vendor” in 2016, and they displayed a VR glove at CES 2018. Their fabric holds potential for a range of industries, but we’re naming them a company to watch for 2018. With any luck, we’ll see them partner up with bigger names to create revolutionary wearables.
All these companies prove there is more to come from IoT in 2018. They also show we’ll be able to connect our devices in new ways to automate our lives.
Over to you – which IoT companies are you excited about in 2018?