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INTERNET OF CARING THINGS trendwatching.com APRIL 2014 TREND BRIEFING Why consumers will embrace connected objects with a clear mission: to actively care for them.

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Time to think beyond the Internet of Things. Consumers are embracing a network of connected objects that actively care for their physical and mental wellbeing, homes, loved ones and more.

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internet of caring things

trendwatching.com april 2014 Trend briefing

Why consumers will embrace connected objects with a clear mission: to actively care for them.

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consumers don’t care about the internet of things.Okay, most of them don’t.

All too often, the Internet of Things looks like this.

The Samsung T9000 is a wifi-enabled

smart fridge that allows users to Tweet via a

touchscreen embedded on the door. It retails for

USD 4,000.

Is tweeting via a fridge the next wave of the

social web? Our bet is no.*

* We know, yet another bashing for smart fridges. Which innovator will nail the smart fridge that truly serves the eternal need for useful information and greater convenience?

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Let’s focus on people for a minute.

At heart, human beings have a set of unchanging,

fundamental needs and wants. Just a few:

• Physical health

• Mental wellbeing

• Safety and security

• Connection to loved ones

Consumers will lavish love and attention on

products, services and experiences that unlock

new ways to serve these (and other) imperatives.

In 2014, then, consumers will embrace a network

of connected objects that does just that. An

INTERNET OF CARING THINGS.

What do consumers care about?

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INTERNET OF CARING THINGS A network of connected objects brought to life by a clear mission: to actively care for consumers – their physical and mental wellbeing, homes, loved ones, and more.

DEFINITION

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The INTERNET OF THINGS is happening now. And it’s only going to get bigger.

1. some numbers

WHY NOW?

In 2005, there were 2.5 billion connected

devices, most PCs, smartphones, tablets. By

2020, there will be over 30 billion connected

devices, most not PCs, smartphones, tablets.

100 ‘things’ are coming online every second.

(GARTNER, NOVEMBER 2013)

(CISCO, JULY 2013)

2005

2020

2.5bn

30bn

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Four forces are paving the way for the explosion of the INTERNET OF THINGS in 2014.

2. technologies converge

WHY NOW?

• Cheaperandmoreefficientwirelessconnectivity

chips. Making it viable to add connectivity to more

objects, from toothbrushes to bike locks.

• rising adoption of cloud storage means more

consumers will have a place to put all the data that

the INTERNET OF CARING THINGS will create.

• Ultra-precise geo-location now allows a

consumer’s physical location to be known with

ultra-precision (Apple’s iBeacon, part of iOS7,

allows location to the nearest centimeter): a

necessary condition for some interactions with the

INTERNET OF CARING THINGS.

• Thecrowdfundingrevolution. All kinds of objects

are being made smart; consumers can choose the

winners.

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These changes are driving the demand for a network of CARING objects, designed to protect and assist people in their daily lives.

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At last, smart objects that put people first.

caring objects

THE RESULT?

The INTERNET OF CARING THINGS means

connected objects that serve consumers’ most

important needs: physical and mental wellbeing,

safety, security, oversight of loved ones, and

more.

You’re probably already familiar with the

innovations that have blazed an early CARING

trail. The nest smart thermostat*, niKe fuelband

and fitbit, for example.

But now, the INTERNET OF CARING THINGS will

evolve in exciting new directions.

Check out the examples below – divided into five

categories of CARING – for a glimpse of these...

* Indeed, just after we first wrote about this trend in December 2013, Google placed a USD 3.2 billion bet on it with their purchase of Nest Labs. Signal enough that this is a trend worth following? ;)

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INTERNET OF HEALTHY THINGSEXAMPLES

Connected objects that weave self-tracking through daily life will supercharge self-improvement of fitness and

physical wellbeing.

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inTerneT of heaLThY THINGS

cuptimeChinese smart cup allows users to track hydration levels

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inTerneT of heaLThY THINGS

athosSmart fitness suit tracks and visualizes muscle activity

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inTerneT of heaLThY THINGS

stir Kinetic DeskSmart desk tracks health data and encourages activity

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INTERNET OF MINDFUL THINGSEXAMPLES

Stressed, time-poor, over-stimulated consumers will expect the INTERNET OF CARING THINGS to attend to their

mental wellbeing, too.

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inTerneT of MinDfUL THINGS

neuroonSmart sleep mask increases productivity by promoting power napping

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inTerneT of MinDfUL THINGS

VigoWearable device tracks and optimizes individuals’ alertness

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INTERNET OF SAFETY THINGSEXAMPLES

Physical safety is one of the most fundamental human needs. Now, a network of CARING objects can unlock new

ways to serve it.

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inTerneT of safeTY THINGS

SkullySmart motorcycle helmet helps eliminate blindspots using cameras and an HUd display

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inTerneT of safeTY THINGS

nestgoogle buys smart home appliance manufacturer for USd 3.2 billion

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INTERNET OF SECURITY THINGS

EXAMPLES

A truly smart network of connected objects means enhanced oversight and control of valuable or cherished

possessions.

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inTerneT of secUriTY THINGS

the cricketSmart bike alarm automatically sends cellphone notifications

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inTerneT of secUriTY THINGS

goji smart LockSmart lock sends picture alerts to cellphone

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INTERNET OF FAMILY THINGS

EXAMPLES

Supercharged oversight of the physical world doesn’t only apply to possessions. It will also help consumers stay

close to their loved ones.

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inTerneT of faMiLY THINGS

ToymailTalking toys allow parents to send voicemails to kids

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inTerneT of faMiLY THINGS

MotherSmart device monitors home and family

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inTerneT of faMiLY THINGS

t.JacketSmart jacket lets parents give remote ‘hugs’

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NEXTWhat does the emergence of the INTERNET OF CARING

THINGS mean for brands?

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When consumers live amid their own personal network of caring objects, they will naturally ask: how are brands using their inTerneT Of Caring THingS to look after me – in store, online, during delivery, and more?

1. heightened expectations of care

NEXT

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life amid an inTerneT Of Caring THingS generates an avalanche of data: on daily movements, mood, sleep, and interactions with the home. Who will help consumers enhance their lives by drawing actionable insights out of their datasphere?

2.Newdata

NEXT

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The data created by a network of Caring objects means fresh grounds for concern over privacy. is the inTerneT Of Caring THingS the phenomenon that finally brings the privacy issue home to most consumers?

3.Risingprivacyconcerns

NEXT

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a network of connected objects means a network of upgradeable objects – and that means a shift away from the standard ‘purchase, use, discard’ consumption model.

4. UPgraDia

NEXT

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The internet of Things doesn’t have to serve the deep human need for care – there are plenty of other fundamental needs and wants it can serve, too. go ahead: claim your own internet of Things!

5. internet of _ _ _ _ _ _ things

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