A wireless network isn't just for phones anymore. It's possible to buy a wireless dog collar or a pill bottle with a Wi-Fi connection.
Wireless network providers have created some new gadgets that use their networks. In the second quarter, AT&T added 900,000 devices to its network, which is connected to about 6.7 million devices.
Among AT&T's new offerings is an intelligent pill caps designed to help patients take their medicine regularly. The Vitality GlowCap, which fits on a standard pill bottle, has a tiny light that changes color when the bottle is opened to remove a pill.
If a patient misses a dose, the cap's connection to the wireless network allows it to send a text message or phone call as a reminder. The cap also can send confirmations to relatives or medical personnel, and can provide reminders to refill a prescription.
A location-smart dog collar connects to AT&T's network to track a pet that has roamed beyond a virtual fence created by the pet owner. Like the pill bottle cap, the collar can send text, e-mail or other alerts to be distributed as often as the owner would like.
A digital photo display allows family members or friends to e-mail images to the device through a wireless network, and the photos are displayed on the gadget.