With the quick pace of technology, when we think of “smart” often it’s a new device that we envision and not a fellow human. Here are a few items that do more than what you might think.
While seemingly very low-tech, Fast Company introduces us to “The Drinkable Book” by WaterisLife. What’s so smart about a book made only from paper when we’re living in the age of Ebooks? The book informs readers in developing countries about ways to prevent diseases brought about by drinking and using water that is not clean. The special paper pages double as water filters. “Slide one page of the book in, pour water over it, and get up to 5,000 liters of clean water. “
For those of us blessed with plenty of clean drinking water, most of us brush our teeth at least a couple of times a day. But even with diligent brushing, we may wonder if we are doing it effectively. CNN reports on the Kolibree toothbrush, an electric toothbrush that wirelessly connects to a smartphone and lets you know if you have brushed enough. If you like, you can even share the information with friends on social media and your dentist. Or maybe not.
While in the grocery store, you may wonder if you forgot something on your list. Are you out of milk or eggs? According to NBC News, if you have an LG Smart Refrigerator, there’s no need to worry. Just ask your fridge. With HomeChat, you can text questions to find out what is there or pull up the app on your phone to look at the contents of your fridge in real time.
LG’s HomeChat extends to ovens and washing machines too. Looks like we’ll all be a little cleaner and more organized in the near future.