Smart Objects

This year, people will spend less time talking about The Internet of Things and Smart Homes and focus on Smart Objects, every-day products that now have a little bit of data-gathering and connectivity built in. These objects will connect to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth — directly to your smartphone through a hub — but will look no different than dumb objects. This is by no means a new trend, but intelligence will start to pop up in unexpected places like placemats, table cloths, coffee cups, door handles, doormats, lawn sprinklers, office chairs and more.

Most will simply tell you when they’re being used, for how long and at what time of the day. You’ll use this information to adjust your own habits and to track the activities of others (think an office situation).

Essentially, these smart objects will focus on helping you quantify your lives. What you do with all that information is up to you.