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Technology Trends To Watch For In 2019…

I think it is safe to say that the past couple of years have outputted amazing technologies, with the internet of things (IoT) becoming more of a must than siloed devices, I think it is safe to predict that 2019 will be the year of autonomy.

Companies with conversational interface devices such as, Amazon, Google and Apple are at the forefront. I have the Amazon Echo Spot and it is amazing and I’m not even using it to its full potential. The fact that you have the ability to control your whole house with your voice is simply incredible, not only for an average user but it has the potential to change disabled people’s lives by giving them greater independence by being able to control their homes simply by speaking commands. I can turn on my TV and navigate my Amazon Fire Stick through my Echo Spot, get a morning news briefing and play music really well through it, via the Spotify app. When I am able to get a house, I will be purchasing the Ring, which is a doorbell with a camera, connected to the Echo.

I think this is why it can be said that Apple is struggling to compete with Amazon, Google and other companies who are more collaborative. Apple’s business strategy with the iPhone was brilliant when it first came out, shutting down the competition by making everything exclusive. However, this is now back firing on them and frustrating customers. Personally, I think the iPhones are great but overpriced for what they are, I want the new Google Pixel 3, but I have an Apple Watch which will only connect to Apple devices… so I’m stuck in the Apple void. Amazon with the echo device line, has provided so many devices that are compatible with any IoT product e.g. WiFi controlled light bulbs, heating companies who have wireless heating controls like Nest etc. This has meant that it profits but also doesn’t mean that you have to buy only Amazon recommended products to be able to use it.

Autonomy isn’t only in the home, cars are now becoming more autonomous, Tesla is far advanced in this area with Google close behind. The research going into this is incredible, but it still isn’t commercially viable for a fully automated car. Likelihood is this won’t be coming out in 2019, but developments I believe will leap this year in this area.

Autonomy is also closely paired with AI, Big Data and Machine Learning, our goal in business is not only to automate simple tasks to increase profits, but is now to learn from what is automated, what data can we collect to then put in processes to make us more efficient.

Do you agree that 2019 will be the year of autonomy? Comment below!

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What’s The Point Of Wearable Technology?

Originating as pedometers, wearable technologies have advanced to the point where the Apple Watch Series 3 can remove the need for a mobile phone!

My Apple Watch enables me to track my daily exercise and since I’ve had it, I’ve definitely noticed how I can do more each day, even little improvements like making sure I move around a minimum of 12 hours a day and exercise enough to meet the goals that I’ve set on it. It reminds me to keep pushing myself during my daily routine.

Even better is the example of how a FitBit has helped my Nan to improve her health in the last 6 months by being able to track steps, sleep and for her to be able to track that on her phone. If she has not done 5,000 steps in a day, she takes the dog out for an extra walk and it’s great to witness how technology has aided her to do this.

There are many HCI research papers studying how wearable technologies can improve the lives by being a motivation to do more.

Wearable tech is also used in other ways… When my boyfriend ran the Berlin Marathon in September 2017, we were able to track his location on the route through a clip on his shoe laces, through an app that we could download. This made the whole day even better because we were able to know where he would be so we could go there and see him and his brother, and track their times.

The reason I love technology is because of the endless opportunities it presents and how it can help people, the better tech gets the more people it can make an impact to in little to big ways.