Your guide to a Holly-Jolly IoT-enabled Christmas

Last updated: 17 December 2018

The festive season is already in full swing with illuminated department stores and charming Christmas markets in every corner. And although Christmas is about spending time with family it’s also a great opportunity to show your loved ones appreciation with amazing gifts.

So how about this Christmas give them a device that connects with everything? Here are five IoT gift ideas for you to choose from.

One for you: Make your Christmas tree extra twinkly with smart lights

IoT Christmas Lights

Who doesn’t like buying presents for themselves at Christmas? Add a twist to your Christmas decoration this year with smart LED lights from Twinkly, which you can control from a smartphone app. These lights can detect the exact position of every single LED by taking a photo in the app. So, once you’re done decorating, simply snap a photo in the app to map the environment and you’ll be then able to create amazing effects with the lights.

You can easily customize each effect by changing the speed, colors and other key parameters of the animation and create your own custom effect. So if you can’t find the colors you want, create them yourself and worry no more!

Smart thermostat to keep them warm in the winter

Smart thermostat

You’re probably thinking “Why would anyone buy a thermostat for Christmas” and it’s a fair point, but how many presents you can buy that will actually save their owner money. Plus, we all have that one friend that’s always cold in the winter, so a smart thermostat could be a good way to letting them know you’re thinking about them staying warm.

The Nest Thermostat E learns the heating habits of your home and optimizes its performance for them. For example, it knows that you usually get home from work at 6pm so it can be programmed to switch the heating on at 5:30pm so that it’s nice and warm when you get home. It would also switch itself off once it reaches the desired temperature.

The robot everyone would love to have in their home

 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

What’s one present that’s perfect for those that love keeping their home neat this Christmas? How about something that makes cleaning the house easy? Deebot is a small robotic vacuum cleaner that can connect to Google Home and Amazon Echo, which means that it can be directed to start/ stop cleaning via a simple voice command.

In fact, you don’t even need to be at home to use it. With the Ecovacs app, users can schedule a clean, monitor sessions and start cleaning sessions at the touch of a button, letting you return to a clean home without having to lift a finger.

One for the coffee lover

Smart Coffee Maker

Every coffee lover would appreciate this gift. Especially if a good cup of coffee is the only thing that makes them leave their bed in the morning. So, a smart coffee maker is the perfect gift for them.

The Behmor Brewer is a connected coffee machine that can be controlled from a smartphone app. The app gives instructions on how to brew the perfect coffee, including when to heat the water, when to pre-soak the beans, when the coffee is being brewed and when it’s ready for consumption.

The Behmor Brewer also works with Amazon Alexa and Amazon’s Dash replenishment service, so you can ask Alexa to brew your favorite cup of coffee and have the Behmor brewer automatically reorder coffee beans when it senses that they’re running low. You can also program a morning brewing schedule via the app so that you can have a fresh cup a coffee ready when your morning alarm goes off.

A gift for the foodie in your friends’ circle

I’m sure that we all have the habit of opening the fridge ‘just to see what’s in it’.

The Smarter FridgeCam could make an unusual gift for foodies this Christmas. It’s a wireless camera that can be installed in a fridge and allows users to view contents through a smartphone app, all without having to take a trip to the kitchen. It also uses object recognition technology to track food and sends notifications via the app when expiry dates are coming app.

 

We hope you found these gift-ideas useful. Let us know if you have any other cool IoT-gift ideas, which we haven’t included, in the comments below or by tweeting us at @GemaltoIoT.

Merry Christmas from everyone at Gemalto!

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