Technological innovations consistently deliver what seemed practically impossible just years earlier. Significant changes are set to arrive in the coming months to facilitate greater engagement and interaction for end-users while enhancing safety and productivity.
The following tech innovations have the potential to upend and overhaul the way organisations conduct business and interact with clients and consumers.
Mixed reality glasses
Mixed reality blends the real world with the infinite possibilities of virtual reality. Mixed reality glasses overlay the real world with virtual content. Some apps overlay the real world with useful features, such as grocery lists on refrigerator doors and TVs on bedroom walls. Other glasses change the appearance of key environmental elements.
Vyking allows users to “try on” shoes with their smartphone, overlaying feet with shoe graphics. It’s also a convenient feature in home design, giving consumers a way to envision new furniture in their home. Companies are striving towards lighter, less intrusive headsets that look akin to a standard pair of glasses.
Robotics play a crucial role in technological advancement. Dactyl, a robot created by OpenAI, has advanced manual dexterity and learns by reinforcement through neural network software. As a result, it can hold and manipulate objects.
This technology could potentially lead to robotics carrying out routine tasks for people with physical limitations such as putting dishes away, loading the washing machine, and folding clothes.
A part of Amazon Web Services, Greengrass works with edge devices while maintaining cloud functionality. Users can message other connected devices without an Internet connection. This system also accommodates data caching and keeps device data in-sync with the entire network. AWS IoT Greengrass is highly customisable—users can decide which data they want to send to the cloud and which data remains on devices.
IBM Food Trust
Utilising the IBM World Wire platform, which is enhancing supply chain transparency in global trade networks, Food Trust minimises waste and supports people on the ground at every stage of the process. It tracks food weight, sales, disposal, hygiene, and safety.
This technology has the potential to ensure businesses at each step of the food supply chain meet safety standards and comply with regulations. The IBM Food Trust traces food from source to consumer, helping producers to identify peak freshness and other critical factors.
People were anticipating 5G even before adapting to 4G speeds, so its arrival in large urban markets is highly anticipated this year. Experts anticipate average download speeds of 10Gbps: a significant increase from the maximum download speed of 150Mbps for 4G networks.
Now, major mobile providers are developing their 5G networks and device manufacturers are creating tablets and phones to support the lightning-fast technology.
Galaxy S10 with built-in cryptoassets wallet
Blockchain distributed ledger technology (DLT) continues to permeate industries and sectors with increased adoption and widespread uptake just around the corner. The Samsung Galaxy S10 is one of the latest steps in this direction, incorporating cryptoasset usage and storage directly into its architecture.
The S10 includes the Samsung Blockchain Wallet, which currently supports Ethereum and Ethereum-derived tokens. It also supports the altcoins Enjin Coin and Cosmee. The wallet works with certain applications to streamline blockchain payments and usage as well as having secure private key storage.
LG OLED TV
The OLED TV may be the first of its kind to revolutionise the way we watch our favourite programmes and films. The LG OLED TV R9 is essentially a rolling TV. It has a width of 65 inches and rolls up for convenient storage, so users can customise their home decor rather than the TV being the default focal point in the room.
It can roll away to reveal paintings and other types of decor while not in use and this feature protects it from direct sunlight, spills, etc. The OLED R9 supports ai assistants as well.
Google Sound Amplifier
As the Internet and its capabilities have expanded, certain features have remained unavailable to those with physical limitations, including blind users and people with hearing loss. Enter Google Sound Amplifier: it equalises acoustics by augmenting and amplifying sounds in the environment while filtering out white noise. Users can customise settings to enhance specific audio channels and acoustic wavelengths.
Another new development for the hard of hearing is Live Transcribe. This accessibility service utilities automatic speech recognition and technology for real-time transcription, allowing those with hearing limitations to participate more fully in the conversations around them.
Smart clocks have persistently striven to make getting up a more peaceful and positive experience, waking us up gently while slowly increasing light levels: something that makes waking up far less jarring in the early morning.
These clocks streamline typical bedtime tasks. They charge devices, track your sleep habits, and improve sleep hygiene. They stand to change how brands interact with users as they choose to include tech devices in personal aspects of their lives.
An upgrade to the current Wifi protocol in the near future will make data transfer near instantaneous while improving overall coverage. One key benefit of Wifi 6 is its improved performance in areas where there are multiple connected devices. As households accumulate more phones, tablets, and computers, faster Wifi will support additional devices without compromising speed and reliability.
Wifi 6 routers can connect with more devices simultaneously and send data to more users in a single broadcast. Overall speed will see a big boost as well: Wifi 5 achieves 3.5Gbps whereas Wifi 6 tops out at 9.6Gbps.
New technological developments vary greatly in purpose and scope, but they share the same aim of improving usability and accessibility while enhancing performance. Some are bringing niche technology to mainstream users, whereas others are opening up accessibility to wider audiences.
Furthermore, they serve as a foundation for new products and innovations yet to come.
Published 12 April 2019
Updated 24 April 2019