Welcome to the so-called Internet of Me.
One of the major themes at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is connecting thousands of objects that people use each day – clothing, cars, light bulbs and home appliances.
But the challenge facing developers is making that information useful, and the CES is increasingly seeing inventions related to digital “coaches” and ways to improve health or fitness, or get better information about our cars or appliances, said Shawn DuBravac, chief economist at the Consumer Electronics Association in his outlook for the show.
“The key to all of this is that something happens in the physical space, and we digitize it and feed it back into the physical space,” he said.
“No longer the focus is on what can technologically be done but what is technologically meaningful.”
Some of the new devices on display at a preview Sunday included apps to monitor and improve the quality of sleep, a connected baby bottle to measure infant nutrition intake, and sensors that analyze one’s golf swing to compare it to that of the pros.
Smart clothing, connected smoke detectors and dozens of new smartwatches and fitness devices are also in the mix.