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The bride’s guide to wedding survival: with help from the IoT

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It’s wedding season! If that makes you leap for joy, good for you. If it makes you want to gouge out your own eyeballs and hide in a cave, that’s also fine. The IoT is here to help. It hasn’t caught up with every aspect of this most traditional of ceremonies, but can still help you survive the day, whether that’s locating a hard-to-find reception venue, planning your journey to the ceremony or pulling off a spot of crisis aversion on drunk uncle Bob.

Connected alarm clock, or: get me to the church on time

If they like you enough, your nearest and dearest will be traipsing the length of the country to be present for your all-important nuptials. The further they have to travel, the more likely it is that an unexpected delay, closed motorway or heavy traffic could make them late. Enter the connected alarm clock: it’s programmed to adjust your wake-up time depending on live data such as train departures, traffic updates, road closures and even weather data. M25 moving slowly due to congestion? No problem. Your alarm clock will build in the extra travel time and automatically wake you early enough to get there.

Location tracking for the hard-to-find venue

Wedding reception in a field? Good for you. Tons of space and no corkage to pay. However, a location off-the-beaten track can be a pain to find, especially for non-locals. A simple location tracker and app combo like Glympse could help you here. Glympse lets you broadcast your GPS location for a certain window of time, to share your location with friends and family. You can choose who can see your whereabouts, so it’s easy to limit to guests.

Don’t miss a thing: robots that live stream

‘Hire a videographer’, chirrup the wedding magazines, and to be fair, it’s easy to see the attraction of a film to look back on, especially if you have friends and family who can’t make it. Some couples are opting to take things a step further – using robots to livestream their wedding so that absent friends can also take part.

Connected wedding wearables

You can even curate video from the bride’s unique perspective, thanks to this collection of technology wearable veils from Sony and fashion designer Rosie Olivia. The veil is mounted with a camera to capture footage from the bride’s eyeline. Not strictly necessary, I might venture, but you’ll probably be the only one doing it.

If pictures and videos don’t quite cut it, you may be in the market for a different type of wedding wearable – one that will let you look back on the spike in your heart rate at key moments – walking down the aisle, spotting your other half in their marital finery for the first time, or during the speeches, for example. A FitBit bracelet will do the job just fine.

Managing the unmanageable guest

I suspect most families count one antisocial, drunken uncle (or aunt) among their members; the type that drops their trousers on the dance floor before vomiting spectacularly over the cake. If uncle Bob’s boozing is likely to be a genuine problem, you might want to make his glass a connected receptacle (like this one), which measures the volume of drink consumed and alerts a designated person via app when he’s nearing his limit. The lucky nominee can swoop in, swap the liquor for lemonade, and hopefully avert a scene.

So there you have it – a swift collection of IoT wedding trends for the technologically curious. We wish you luck, fair weather, and a good hair day.

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