From health, to energy, to sports, to household activities, automation companies are changing the way we live. As a society, we are getting closer to a point where most of the gadgets and devices we use on a daily basis are considered "smart." In other words, devices that in some way communicate each other, gather data, and greatly surpass the technology of the tools they are replacing--deeming them obsolete.

One of the most widely used smart devices is the smartphone. Thinking back a decade ago, it's astonishing how far the technology of our telecommunication has come. It's not just with phones, though; entire industries are in the process of undergoing similar advances as they are able to incorporate and utilize smart technology. From smart street lights, smart beds, to smart TVs, smart automated objects are becoming a prevalent part of our lives. Before we know it, this technology will be able to save us time and make activities like sleeping, eating, and getting to work simpler and quicker than before. Among the industries that are increasing their product line of automated products, three of the biggest are sports, health, and energy.

Some automated sports companies, like the golf tournament automation company BestOutings.com. The BestOutings.com founder, Mike Last, explained how his site is utilizing web automation to streamline golf tournament planning and how it can save hours of manually reaching out to courses. Along with Best Outings, other companies innovating sports with automation include Babolat, Hasbro, and Gatorade. Babolat, who manufactures smart tennis rackets, boasts intelligent built-in sensors on its rackets. These sensors are able to record and indicate power, impact point, and type of swing. For serious players, this technology helps them refine their game. Mike Last recommends Many online resources recommend using automated sporting devices like these to improve your athletic abilities. Hasbro has recently created a smart nerf basketball. By linking the hoop to the user's smartphone, the company has been able to remotely track dunks, buckets, and points. Gatorade, another giant in the sporting world, boasts a new "smart bottle," which they tested in the last World Cup. With their technology, coaches can monitor athlete fluid consumption and loss, which helps them keep their athletes properly hydrated.

When it comes to health-related automation companies and products, Mike Last suggests to experiment with some trial-and-error to find out which ones are most effective for you. Once you figure that out, invest in the product to reap the health benefits. Fitbit, a widely popular health tracker, provides a wearable smart device which users find stylish and helpful. Fitbit tracks your levels of exercise, calories burned, and monitors your sleep. Another popular health-related automation device is Netatmo. Netatmo's new product, June, is a wearable monitor that indicates sun exposure (while still appearing to look like a normal piece of jewelry.) Using its automation technology, Netatmo tracks how much sunlight you are exposed to, as well as recommendations for protecting yourself.

Energy saving is now more popular than ever. Pairing energy saving with automation devices has often proven to be a big hit. Mike Last advises users to do some research before purchasing an energy saving product, to make sure that it is doing its job to save energy and not just making a profit for the company. Some popular options include Sonte, Variable, and Philips. Sonte offers a new smart window film, which it hopes will eliminate the need for any curtains or blinds. Just think of the hassle this could save. The digital film is placed directly onto the windowpane, and enables the user to control the window's transparency through their smartphone. Variable, Inc has created a smart multipurpose sensor to enable people to track their movements. It helps people track where they are going, and how much energy is being used. Philips, another popular company, has created a smart light bulb. These light bulbs enable the user to control their brightness and hue from their smartphones.

Ultimately, between health, energy, and sports--automation companies are redefining the ways in which we go about our daily lives. The benefits are endless--from added transparency with our daily functions, to improved analysis of our health and wellbeing--these new devices offer a plethora of information which we are just now able to access.

Published on: Nov 13, 2015
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