This Day On The Street
Continue to site
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

10 Everyday Items Your Smartphone Can Talk To

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Over in Tennessee, Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley talks to a basketball -- and it talks back through an iPhone. A baby onesie being developed in Boston alerts parents when a sleeping baby rolls on his belly. There's even a fork that will tell you that you're eating way too fast.

Thanks to a new generation of wireless, power-efficient technology, developers are adding smartness into ordinary objects so they can communicate with a smartphone. Going beyond the familiar headsets and hands-free car speakers, this next-generation Bluetooth powers a rather remarkable set of unremarkable items from food scales and grilled steaks to door locks and key finders.

The key improvement is the low-energy feature of Bluetooth Smart, which is the consumer friendly name of Bluetooth 4.0. The technology uses much less energy than prior versions. Errett Kroeter, director of global industry and brand marketing for the Bluetooth SIG organization, likens the difference to a device lasting one month on AA batteries versus lasting a year with a smaller Bluetooth Smart battery.

"The impact to power usage isn't so much on the phone. The phone is always on and listening to things. The real impact is on the peripheral device, like the Bluetooth forks, (health-tracking bracelets like) Fitbit and garage door openers. That's where the real power savings comes," Kroeter said.

Apple's (AAPL - Get Report) iPhone 4s was the first to get Bluetooth Smart inside, so much of the market is iPhone-app centric. But Google (GOOG - Get Report) began supporting the technology over the summer and a larger smattering of smartphones now include Bluetooth Smart. To find a list of phones with Bluetooth Smart, see the previous story, "Don't Buy a New Smartphone Unless It's Really (Bluetooth) Smart."

You may have heard of the more common and publicized Bluetooth Smart appcessories, including door locks like Kwikset's new Kevo and Lockitron or key finders like Hone and StickNFind. But you may not be familiar with other products that are also getting smarter. Here are 10 in development or available:

1 of 6

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Real Money

More than 30 investing pros with skin in the game give you actionable insight and investment ideas.

Product Features:
  • Access to Jim Cramer's daily blog
  • Intraday commentary and news
  • Real-time trading forums
Only $49.95
14-Days Free
14-Days Free
AAPL $93.74 0.00%
GOOG $693.01 0.00%
FB $117.58 0.00%
TSLA $240.76 0.00%
YHOO $36.60 0.00%


Chart of I:DJI
DOW 17,773.64 -57.12 -0.32%
S&P 500 2,065.30 -10.51 -0.51%
NASDAQ 4,775.3580 -29.9330 -0.62%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs