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‘Tis the Season for Gadgets and Gizmos

IoT Must-Have Gifts for 2017


‘Tis the Season for Gadgets and Gizmos galore. In 2016, adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) continued to grow. For mission critical applications, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) rapidly expanded and the technology landscape continued to change. More organizations demanded complete connectivity for their entire network and data collection was increasingly desired from all field assets – even those residing on the outermost edge of remote networks were monitored.

As our infrastructure, cities and lives in general become increasingly connected, IoT is not slowing down and it’s still on our minds as we head in to 2017.  So, for the holiday season, we thought we’d explore the world of connected gadgets and gizmos and share some fun gift ideas.

Here’s our list of five cool gadgets for your favorite IoT nerd:


For the Wine EnthusiastGadget Flow recently featured the Kuvée Smart Wine System. Not only does it keep wine fresh for 30 days, but it tells you where the wine is from and what to pair it with to bring out the best flavor. If you have a wine enthusiast in your life who would enjoy the perks of keeping multiple bottles open without the waste, coupled with wine education – this is a great idea.


For the Health-minded Individual. The Jawbone Up, featured in a slideshare compiled by Benjamin Marr, is a smart device that syncs with your phone. It will monitor activities, calories and sleep. It could be a great match for the health enthusiast in your circle.


For the Homebody. How about a smart fan? The Haiku fan turns on and off as you enter and leave the room. But, in true IoT fashion, it leverages environmental data to do much, much more. It tracks temperature and humidity and it automatically adjusts its speed based on environmental conditions.


For the animal lover. The FitBark Dog Activity Monitor will monitor your dog’s daily activity (kind of like the Jawbone for dogs) and it gives you some insight into your pet’s behavior. For the pet lover who wants to make pet wellness a priority – check this out.


For the Music FanSonos is a wireless home sound system. It gathers all of your music, radio and podcast collections into a single app. When combined with Sonos speakers, you can play different music in different rooms in your house. With Trueplay speaker tuning, the app will measure how sound reflects off walls, furniture and other surfaces in a room and makes acoustic adjustments to the speaker.

Technology is changing the way we do things and we anticipate more products becoming “smart” in 2017. At FreeWave, we have some big ideas on where IIoT in particular is headed. Stay tuned to see what’s in store for 2017.

More Stories By Scott Allen

Scott is an executive leader with more than 25 years of experience in product lifecycle management, product marketing, business development, and technology deployment. He offers a unique blend of start-up aggressiveness and established company executive leadership, with expertise in product delivery, demand generation, and global market expansion. As CMO of FreeWave, Scott is responsible for product life cycle/management, GTM execution, demand generation, and brand creation/expansion strategies.

Prior to joining FreeWave, Scott held executive management positions at Fluke Networks (a Danaher Company), Network Associates (McAfee), and several start-ups including Mazu Networks and NEXVU Business Solutions. Scott earned his BA in Computer Information Systems from Weber University.