Here at The Grommet, our Discovery Team is always on the look-out for new trends and corresponding products that have the potential to make it big. Our Co-Founder and Chief Discovery Officer, Joanne Domeniconi, says that when she and Jules first founded The Grommet, she wasn’t sure how easy it would be to continually find new, innovative products every day. She doesn’t worry about that anymore, she now jokes. With the lower barriers to entry for creating consumer products, there are more products out there than we can sometimes handle. And while there are many “trends” that come and go, there is one that’s here to stay; The “Internet of Things.” The Internet of Things means that hardware products are getting smarter. So smart, they can remind us of things we risk forgetting like when to take medicine or that our milk in the fridge is going sour.
This may sound like a far-off future to some, but the truth is that it’s already here. We spotted the enthusiasm for these types of products back in 2011 when we launched the now mainstream wearable tech, FitBit. The company was brand new at the time and needed market feedback. The Grommet’s community showed just how high the demand would be for these wearables. The category of tech-enabled fitness products has grown exponentially, but there are also now products you place all over your home and car (and play with too).
Here are just a few Grommets that are “smarter” than we are.
Stay tuned for even more coming down the pipeline in the next few months.
This little device attaches to your bike helmet and can sense a significant impact (a crash) and automatically send a notification to a loved one who can call for help. It’s an added layer of safety if you're biking alone. Shop Now
A modern day tech toy that’s a stuffed animal who can talk, teach and interact. This is a far cry from Tickle Me Elmo. Shop Now
A programmable robot ball that can be controlled with your smart phone. You can tell it to do all sorts of fun things and play games with it, creating hours of enjoyment. Shop Now
A portable bluetooth speaker that you can use at home or in the car. It’s a hands-free way to play music, talk on the phone or ask Siri a question. Shop Now
Do you have a favorite smart gadget or want to see one made? Tell us about it in the comments.