So here’s the thing with wearables in general. When a new one is introduced, it comes with the prospects of new applications and improved use cases. In the consumer oriented space, things might seem to get boring after a while – a smart watch as a notifier might not really be worth it. In the health monitoring space however, things do seem to be a little more promising. But then, where do wearable cameras fit into the picture?
For a lot of time, voice has been the go to medium for enabling digital assistants to work for us. Right from the basic Google voice powered searches that caused quite a stir some years back, to devices that are always listening for a keyword to deliver to your commands – voice enabled user interaction has definitely come a long way. Which brings about an important question: Given that Artificial Intelligence and Context are evolving at gargantuan rates, what will be the next big things in voice enabled user interaction? Add to the table the heavy investments that Google and Apple are making in this area, and we’ve got ourselves a booming space for connected devices.
As the year draws to an end, one can’t help but be in awe of all that’s been achieved in the world of technology this year. While all sectors have undergone a plethora of improvements, we’re seeing a diminishing of the boundaries between the physical and digital realms. The Quantified Self movement, lifelogging, wearable technology and smartphones – all these spheres have one major thing in common – a sensor. Sensor sizes have reduced, they have become more power efficient and can sense a wide gamut of parameters – 2015 has undoubtedly, been the year of the sensor.
Smart connectivity though the IoTs, Big Data crunching and the whole concept of Lifelogging have been around for quite some time now. While the Internet of Things was mainly involved in making devices more connected to each other, it can actually be applied to the Quantified Self movement too.
Wearables are truly up and coming, and the inclination of big tech manufacturers to set up separate and specialised divisions just for smartwatches and wearable devices proves the growing markets. Fuelled by movements such as the Quantified Self movement and other fitness/tracking revolutions, wearables are getting a momentum like never before.
One sector which has seen a massive amount of developments has been the infotainment sector. While I’ve touched upon a few aspects in my article on Connected Cars, it is quite interesting to note that the biggest progress has happened to the good ol’ television set. 2015 is going to be an interesting year for the Smart TV.
The underlying aim of all tech giants, and the basic fundamental of technology as a whole, is to make things convenient for the end user. Earlier, this aim used to be limited to basic everyday functionalities and communication, but with the rapid progress of technology in recent times, the aim has been modified to cater to more requirements.
One of the most fundamental traits that humans have is the process of monitoring past records. Something as simple as keeping track of old grades as a milestone, and then aiming to score better. Old performance records, and aiming to improve upon them. Sales records, number of apps sold per quarter, you get the picture.