It can be confusing sometimes when some manufacturers are doing a sales pitch of certain ‘smart gadget’ with ‘smart’ functions. There is also the ‘smart’ devices that they are offering as well. Based on some of the manufacturer or the retail outlet, any gadget can be sell as ‘smart’ gadget.
So, what is a ‘Smart Gadget’ and when can a gadget be called as ‘Smart’? Based on Merriam-Webster, the definition of ‘Gadget’ is a small mechanical or electronic device with a practical use but often thought of as novelty. The definition of ‘Smart’ from Merriam-Webster however have several meanings.
Among the closest meaning we could associate with a Gadget is ‘very good at learning or thinking about things’ and ‘showing intelligence or good judgement’. So, can we combine this definition and therefore create a definition of a Smart Gadget as ‘A small mechanical or electronic device with practical use that enable the users of the smart gadget to be good at learning/thinking about things and enhance the user’s experience with good judgement and intelligence.’
Or in a simple layman’s term, Smart Gadget basically makes the users smarter in terms of action, learning, thinking, as well as enhanced user’s experiences.
Some of the categories often associated with smart gadgets are in the home & appliances, car accessories, electronics devices, gaming accessories, offices products as well as mobile phone accessories. Smart gadgets are also associated with automation as most of the smart gadget items eases the user’s experience by automating certain processes and also functions.
For example, a smart light would automate the need for the users to push the on and off button as the smart light would automatically trigger the on button if it sense a presence and off when the presence is not there anymore.
However, smart gadget has different meanings and application for different categories. A smart gadget in offices products would not necessary be a smart gadget in home and kitchens. Below we give a basic example of smart gadget for certain categories:-
SMART GADGET FOR HOMES
Smart gadget for homes as basically devices that makes home appliances automated or remotely automated. Washing machines was once considered as a smart devices as it automated the labour process of washing dirty clothes.
As technology advances, smart gadget for homes also consists of internet of things in which we have home appliances connected to the internet as well as communicating with sensors and other appliances. This smart gadgets and devices forms a smart environment in which makes it a smart home.
Some of the popular smart gadgets for home are the smart lighting. Smart lighting is where the lights of your home are connected to the internet and be able to turn on or off on its own. These smart bulbs such as the Philips LED Smart Bulbs(Affiliate Links) are connected to the internet via Alexa or Google Home.
By having this smart bulb install in your home, you can turn on or off your lights by voice control. Just imagine walking into a room and just say “Alexa, turn on the light” and the light will immediately be turn on.
Smart Security Camera
Another smart gadget that is a must in a smart home is a smart camera. A smart camera is basically a CCTV that is connected to your smartphone. Therefore, you can basically monitor your home remotely via the internet. One of the cheap and popular smart camera that you can use is the YI Dome Smart Remote Camera (Affiliate Link).
The remote camera integrates with an app in your smartphone for activities such as activity alerts, auto-cruise, bookmarks, camera sharing, customize schedules, and more.
Smart Self Adjusting Thermostat
Tired of the need to keep adjusting your thermostat to keep the temperature of your room at the right and comfortable temperature? That might be a thing of the past as machines are now able to learn and adjust your needs intelligently. A smart thermostat would be able to intelligently adjust the temperature room without the need of human intervention.
One of the popular smart thermostat is the Nest Learning Thermostat (Affiliate Link). With this smart thermostat, it can be integrated with Amazon Alexa and therefore makes it voice activated. Another cool thing about Nest is its ability to connect with other smart devices that you have in your house such as your Smart LED Bulb.
SMART GADGET FOR OFFICES
Smart gadget for offices are mechanical or electronic devices that assist the users in work at the office as well as non-work related matters. The work matters can include accessories for their laptop as well as their office desk. Smart gadget for non-related matters can varies and can range from fitness and health to keeping your coffee warm. This represent a huge market for smart gadget as most of working people spend most of their time in the office. Smart gadget would help make the work environment much smarter and productive as well.
SMART GADGET FOR MOBILE DEVICES
This represent a huge market segment as the demand for mobile devices as well as mobile accessories are growing rapidly each year. Smart gadget for mobile devices includes items such as game controller, camera enhancement add-ons, and mobile printer and also to novelty smart gadgets such as temperature or wind temperature sensors attached to your mobile phone.
Smart gadget market is huge as the explosion of tech savvy generation that now have more expendable incomes. This tech savvy generation would not be afraid of using creative and unique smart gadget in the market. Therefore, this will create the necessary demand as well as supply for smart gadget in the world market.