Tech Transformers

Internet of Everything: Now hairbrushes, denim jeans and cutlery are connected to the web


French cosmetics giant L'Oréal launched a smart hairbrush at this January's CES, a consumer electronics show in Las Vegas. Known as the Kérastase Hair Coach Powered by Withings, the device vibrates if users are brushing too hard and uses a microphone to detect breaking hair. Data is logged on an app which suggests haircare tips and recommends L'Oréal's Kérastase hair products.

CNBC takes a look at other the everyday items that have gotten themselves connected to the Internet of Things.



Also debuting at CES is the HiMirror, a device which provides users with more than just their reflection. The HiMirror points out skin problems such as dark spots and lack of firmness, meanwhile connecting this data to an app which records skin changes and recommends products. HiMirror is owned by Taiwanese consumer electronics brand New Kinpo Group.


Thomas Frey | Spinali

Spinali, the French maker of "essential vibrating connected jeans" aims to make navigation easier for users of its technology. Spinali's jeans employ two vibrating sensors – signifying left and right – connected to a user's smartphone, which indicate which way they should turn. The jeans can also inform wearers if they are running late.

Yoga pants

Wearable X

Wearable technology need not stop at casual clothing. Nadi X is a range of yoga pants from Sydney-based brand Wearable X, which vibrate to guide wearers into correct yoga postures. Wearable X will launch the yoga pants for pre-sales in the second quarter of this year.

Vacuum cleaners


Today, hoovers do more than merely clean floors. In September 2016, Chinese firm ECOVACS launched the UNIBOT, a vacuum cleaner boasting myriad sensors which enable the device to help with home security – among other things – by warning users of potential break-ins.



Scoffing food need not be a problem with the HAPIfork, first introduced at CES in 2013. The device lights up and vibrates when users are eating too fast. Data is logged on an app for more information about the user's eating habits.



French company 10-Vins has launched D-Vine at this year's CES, a smart wine dispenser which aims to pour the perfect glass, taking everything from temperature to speed of pouring into consideration.



FlipFlic, a San Francisco-based crowdfunded company, aims to make ordinary blinds smarter with its device – which senses and automatically responds to changing light and temperature. Slotting into the growing Internet of Things marketplace, the device can be added to some existing smart home hubs. To date, more than 1200 units have been pre-ordered and the company expects to ship them this March.


Opus One

Looking up at the sky to determine the weather is a thing of the past. The Korean Opus One umbrella – a product coming from the engineers at Samsung – warns users when it might rain, as well as vibrating when a text or call is coming though.

Walking sticks


The smart walking stick by French company Dring is designed for a cause more noble than mere efficiency or novelty. Dring's cane is embedded with multiple sensors that detect any unusual activity from the device's intended elderly users – subsequently notifying caregivers if they may have, for example, had a fall.