Carsten Rhod Gregersen: Springtime For IoT: Four Devices Which Redefine The Season
5/03/2021 – 08:41
Springtime For IoT: Four Devices Which Redefine The Season
Spring is finally here at long last. Following one of the coldest winters in recent memory on both sides of the Atlantic, the days are slowly growing longer and warmer once more. And with the springtime weather comes connected devices that improve how people interact with the season.
From robotic lawnmowers to internet-connected solar panels and bird-watching IoT cameras, here are four devices that redefine the season and, ultimately, enrich everyday life.
Watching The Weather
The first and arguably most important IoT device, at least at the beginning of spring, is the outdoor weather station. This multi-function device helps users gauge whether spring truly has sprung, or whether it is a better day to stay inside. Driven by IoT sensors that measure a range of weather conditions, including temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, UV, and precipitation, this information keeps users up to date with the world around them.
Better yet, some higher-grade models come fully loaded with extra features. For example, a built-in ultra-wide-angle HD camera, with 49-degree adjustable shooting angles and wide-angle lens, lets owners of BloomSky Outdoor Weather Station take photos of the sky in real-time. Further, the device can last up to two weeks on a single charge thanks to a low-temperature lithium battery, or pair with an optional solar panel for uninterrupted, maintenance-free weather observation. Speaking of solar panels…
Back In The Sunshine
After a poor performance in winter, internet-connected solar panels once again start to pay off in spring and leave households with a greener footprint. Moreover, when paired with battery storage, solar with IoT can play an important part in home automation.
For example, a homeowner might want to run their washing machine during the day, but this is when electricity is most expensive. An automated home could “instruct” a washing machine to only turn on if the weather is favourable for solar electricity generation. Advanced solutions like this help users to monitor the performance of their home solar power system and their connected devices from a web browser or mobile device.
Up With The Birds
As birds migrate during the warmer months, bird watchers find connected devices as a useful means of staying in touch with their feathered friends. A bird feeder camera, for example, can help users capture candid photos and, with the right camera system, be automated to “set and forget.”
Features of popular bird feeder cameras include invisible infrared LED lighting to enable use day and night, and a smart motion sensor to ensure that pictures or videos are only taken when an animal is actually present. Moreover, this device can also double as a backyard smart security camera.
Automatic Garden Care
With trees blossoming and early flowers pushing through the earth, spring is rightly regarded as a time of rebirth, renewal and awakening. At the same time, though, it is an incredibly busy time for gardeners as they make sure all elements are in order for the best season possible. In recent years connected devices have increasingly entered the garden space to make the lives of green fingers a little bit easier.
One great example is the robotic lawnmower, which is out of storage and into the backyard during this time of the year. With the touch of a button, a robot lawnmower cuts the grass automatically without requiring any intervention from the user. The most significant benefit is that robot lawnmowers actually help users to fertilize the lawn due to the way they handle grass clippings. Robot mowers are mulching mowers, meaning that the grass is cut into fine clippings and scattered on the lawn so that the nutrients are returned to the soil.
Another example of smart gardening is app-powered irrigation. Much like other entrants in this list, the beauty of such irrigation enables users to simply enter their preferred settings and let the tech handle the rest. Growing a healthy garden has never been this easy.
The Versatility of IoT
It is impressive to take a step back and recognize the rapid evolution that connected devices have experienced over the past 10 years. I’m sure describing a robotic lawnmower or solar-powered home automation system in the early 2000s would have seemed like the stuff of science fiction, and I’m also certain people back then would not have believed the affordability nor availability of connected devices today.
This list should go to show the incredible versatility of the IoT platform and how it can be applied to whatever the vendor desires. As for users, on the other hand, all that’s required from them is to sit back and relax while their springtime devices handle the rest.