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Gadgets: The Internet of Things

The future will be a smart one, with phones, head-mounted displays and fitness wristbands cross-linking online; a growing number of gadgets with online connectivity look set to make our lives easier.

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We humans are not alone on the Internet. Machines and sensors are now also logging on. The breakthrough for the "Internet of Things” was provided by the smartphone. Now, countless gadgets are following in its wake, from flowerpots alerting their human owners when they need watering to a smart fork that computes how many calories you’re consuming. The innovations range from the weird to the wonderful.