Technology has been improving drastically for a while now. It seems like there is always something new on the horizon that draws buzz and attention in this emerging tech world. Even if you are in a leadership position or have an entrepreneurial mindset, think about how you can leverage these technologies to improve your business or personal life.
Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality
We have seen the advancement of both AR and VR, especially over the past few years. Augmented reality is when a computer generated image is placed in the user’s view of the real world. For example, augmented reality made a colossal step when Pokémon Go released in the AppStore and Google Play Store, generating over 100 million downloads. The market has been preparing and developing for these applications, once they start taking off, be ready for an AR and VR version of pretty much anything you can think of.
Samsung has introduced their Samsung Gear VR, which supports over 700 different applications. Virtual reality is a computer-generated, three-dimensional image that can interact within a real or physical way using special equipment. Samsung’s gadget allows you to completely change how you view and interact with the world.
Internet of Things
IoT revolves around the communication of machine-to-machine. It’s built on cloud computing networks and networks of data gathering sensors. Everyone says the overall goal of IoT is to make everything in our lives “smart”. Cloud-based applications are the biggest part of this movement. These applications transmit and transfer the data coming from the sensors, where the cloud enables the apps to work for you anywhere.
As of right now, this includes applications such as Google Home and IFTTT. This application is one of a kind, IFTTT allows you to synchronize two applications. It triggers one of the applications to take action when something occurs within the other. For example, when you pass a certain geographical location near your house, IFTTT will send a signal from your mapping device on your phone to your automated garage door application and open your garage. This is just one example of how you can utilize cloud-based applications to make your life easier.
If you’re not an early adopter or even part of the early majority, it’s ok. These technology trends are in the latter stages of growth and are getting cheaper and more sophisticated. Once these go completely mainstream, it will not only change how you consume entertainment, it will also change how you live your everyday life.