10 smartphone-connected things that (probably) should not be

10 smartphone-connected things that (probably) should not be
Remember our line-up of the five weirdest Android devices out there? Tell you what, it has nothing on what we're about to show you right now! Every once in a while, the term "Internet of things" is being thrown around here at PhoneArena. It's usually when we report on big-name technological companies' plans to turn their products into parts of a whole - an ecosystem of devices and services that's meant to make our lives easier and better by harnessing the power of technological progress.

That sounds pretty awe-inspiring and all, but if one dares to throw away the rose-tinted glasses and take a sober look, the Internet of things is little else but a fancy umbrella term governing a reality in which tiny computers and sensors go into products and places where they may have little to no business in! Imagine a future where everything — your frying pan, your pair of smelly socks, your cutlery, or the cushion Bob's sitting on all day at the office — has become digitized, feeding all kinds of information about the way you use them into mobile apps that buzz with notifications about all the things you're doing wrong. Or could be doing much better.

Guess what... the future is here. But thankfully, not everything about it is bad. There are some potentially great ideas here, but we'd rather let you be the judge.



Special thanks to We Put A Chip In It, dutifully tracking "dumb" things that were made "smart" by putting chips in them, and doing a banger of a job at it!

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11 Comments

1. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Pleasuring your partner from a far with smart vibrator. Genius!

2. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

Do people realise that Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are harmful to your health ? It's a a radiation, and you should avoid these toys. You may say - ''hey, space radiation is more harmful''. Yes, you are right, but when you use for example a smartwatch, which is connected to your phone using Bluetooth 10 hours a day, in few years you may feel the symptoms and headaches, which were caused by that radiation.

5. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

6. iosl0ver5eva

Posts: 119; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

Oh gosh, where's your sense of humor?

8. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Then wrap yourself in tinfoil and be happy with your choice. I'd personally rather the connected gadgets.

9. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

Did I mention I don't use them ? I am talking about using them too much, so better keep your mouth shut if you have zero argumenets.

10. james2841

Posts: 167; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

You must be high on the "Special" scale (spectrum) The truth is that bluetooth and wi-fi are harmless. bluetooth and wi-fi run on so little power and they require antennas to recieve them. The radiation that radios emit is non-ionizing. x-rays, gamma rays, and cosmic rays aka "space radiation" are by contrast ionizing. non-ionizing radiation has a frequency and wave lengh too big to irradiate atoms (radiactive atoms). Unless that you are made of plasma (No its not blood plasma) or if you are made of antennas (The iron in your blood cells are too small to be affected by the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz that wi-fi uses or the 2.4 GHz that bluetooth uses). YOU know nothing about electromagnetism or even the basic concept of electricity. People like you make me worry about the future. It is like the difference between the force of gravity between 2 grains of dust and 2 super massive singularitys. OH NOES IT SAYS RADIATION! IT MUST MEAN THAT IT IS DEADLY! I NEVER THOUGHT THAT RADIATION AND RADIOACTIVITY ARE DIFFERENT! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ionizing_radiationhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electromagnetic_spectrum#Rationale_for_spectrum_regional_names

11. james2841

Posts: 167; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Radars and cellular networks that cellphones use are twice as strong as your wi-fi. so you might as well give up phones and even your computer at this point because magnets are much more harmful than radiowaves and magnets are used in fans, headphones, hard disk drives in your computer and the electricity running through your house's wires is much more stronger because it leaks 3 times radiation as much as any wifi or cellular tower radiation.

12. james2841

Posts: 167; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

the only radiation that can give you headaches is Ultraviolet radiation (14-30 PHz) and "thermal" infrared radiation (430 THz – 300 GHz) and ionizing radiation which is emitted by the sun. Bluetooth (2.4 GHz) and WI-FI (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) are no where close the the frequencies of those.

3. gaming64 unregistered

Anyone think these are actually useful cause I do.

4. carlemillward unregistered

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