A Rest for Rudolph
They can eat all the carrots they like, but Santa’s reindeer will almost certainly start flagging during their round-the-world trip. An autonomous sleigh, using connected cloud technology, satellite navigation and sensors that communicate with smart cities, will allow Rudolph and friends to have a well-earned rest without slowing Santa’s important journey.
Nothing hampers progress like inefficiency. But the IoT can help reduce this at Santa’s workshop by predicting how many units can be produced and notifying elven engineers when machinery might need a spot of maintenance.
Have a Green Xmas
Santa tends to leave home in a bit of a hurry on Christmas Eve, so it’s no surprise if he forgets to switch a few things off. Whether it’s his central heating, the oven or the Christmas tree lights, it’s bad for the environment and drives his energy bills up. Thankfully, Santa can us smart home technology and connected apps to control his north pole pad whether he’s in Slough or San Diego.
Xmas Lists of the Future
Keeping up to date with new gift ideas for kids each year can be tricky, so using dig data analytics to predict future trends, buying habits and consumer tastes can help make Santa’s life a little easier while ensuring little Johnny gets the present he always dreamed of.
Wearable technology will help keep Santa safe on his lengthy shift. With him being so busy, Santa might not realise how cold it is as he rushes around, but a smart watch will help monitor the outside temperature and Santa’s help and nudging him to wrap up warm when it thinks he needs to. Similarly, it might stop Santa running the risk of driving under the influence of alcohol, by keeping track of how many brandies he’s had.
We’ve all seen the film (right?), but the idea of toys communicating with each other – or T2T (Toy2Toy) communication – isn’t as far-fetched as it might sound thanks to the IoT. Embedded sensors could help toys interact with each other and transmit data on things like maintenance, missing parts or even how often toys are played with. All adding up to help Santa improve his customer service in time for Christmas 2017.