The world is getting ‘smarter’ as the size of electronics shrinks. A key evidence in that would be Intel’s introduction of the Intel Edison, a x86 PC running on linux. As seen below, It is the size of a SD Card. This powerful, yet tiny PC opens up a world of possibilities, allowing previously impossible devices to be developed.
An example of such use, would be the Mimo Baby Monitor, which monitor’s the baby heart rate, breathing and sleep quality. Being powered by Edison, It is feasible to be attached onto the a baby’s clothing, and also communicate with other Edison-powered devices, such as a milk bottle heater.
This brings a long chain of potential products which can be developed, from performance-monitoring tracksuits to intelligent wallets keeping records of expenses.
However, in order for any product to hit the market, there is a long process of development and testing before being certified ready. For example. the developed product is required to be tested and proven capable of working to derived threshold set depending on being mounted on a space shuttle or household items for day to day use. A heart rate monitor would need to be tested that it can work properly up to a certain temperature and humidity. The packaging of the product would also need to be tested to ensure that it could survive the transportation, less it could mean huge financial loss for any company.