2013 – year of the Internet of Things

5 things that are turning the internet into the Thingternet - and changing our lives in the process

Belkin WeMo Light Switch


Harness God-like power over electrics as you turn on and off your lights – anywhere in the world – all from a free iOS app. WeMo Light Switch lets you use your current lights as you simply swap out your light swtiches – unlike the Philips Hue. Booming "LET THERE BE LIGHT" as you jab your touchscreen is optional.


US$35 (£22),

Even old gadgets can be dragged into your Thingternet future using Tethercell. Once the smart adapter graduates with crowdfunding from Indigogo, it’ll grant you iOS control (Android imminent) of anything that takes an AA cell, from baby monitors to toys. The £22 pricetag seems a fair charge for keeping your old gadgets afloat in the ever rushing rapids of the digital deluge.


US$180 (£115),

Keys are so passé. Cars have known for years and now doors are catching (latching?) up. Lockitron fits to your door so you can check whether you've locked up or let the postman in to leave a parcel. It’ll even sense when your phone is near and auto unlock as you approach. Is this finally the end of the key vs screen wars in our pockets?

Parrot Flower Power


If, like us, your attempts to nurture plant life have left you considering a nefarious career as a super villain, stop sketching that lycra onesie. The Parrot Flower Power combines sunlight, soil moisture, temperature and fertiliser sensors with a six month battery and Wi-Fi mobile access to let you monitor your plants. And it should come in for a good deal less than a secret underground lair.

Casio G-Shock GB-6900

US$180 (£115),

We’ve wanted a phone on our wrists since Bond did it, since Inspector Gadget did it and – more recently – since Pebble promised to do it. Now this Casio G-Shock that uses Bluetooth 4.0 to link with your iPhone for two years on a single battery is a reality. Not only does it alert you to messages and calls with the contact’s name, but also chirps up if you leave your phone out of range – like when you nearly leave the bar without your prototype iPhone. That also means it’s future-proofed for heart rate monitors and cadence sensors.

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