Technology has moved at an astounding pace over the last 50 years hasn’t it? It is mind boggling to think that the internet only opened to the public in 1991. It isn’t even so long ago that the world didn’t have mobile phones and social media. What did our thumbs even do before then?!
There’s no doubt, the world of technology is transforming life as we know it.
Here are five incredibly cool technologies that are radically changing how we live today:
Remote Home Locking Systems
Home security used to mean lock and key on a door or a window, built-in or in addition to the physical locks that are present. These days, home security is much more advanced. For example: you can now buy smart bluetooth door locks which enable you to operate your home security remotely from your mobile phone. Home security technology is truly moving into the spotlight at the moment, as homeowners embrace the latest devices to help them keep their property safe.
Robot Vacuum Cleaners
Did you know, Americans spend nearly 6 hours a week cleaning? Robot vacuum cleaners are now taking away some of the strain. Within the last few years, these smart devices have gone from the exclusive domain of the wealthy, to being readily available and within budget for many. Even better, the 49+ million Americans living with disabilities are able to benefit from these and other smart domestic devices, improving overall quality of life day to day.
Fitness Trackers & Smart Watches
Over 800 million people will own fitness trackers by 2020, a key device in the worldwide health trend. The future of smart fitness accessories could have even more of an impact on our lives, with more precise readers and monitors. Currently, patients can identify that they may have a heart problem thanks to developments like the Apple Watch Series 4 with FDA-approved ECG technology. Devices such as this can help millions gain more control over their health and wellbeing.
Virtual reality masks were actually invented in the late 60’s, but only recently have they really come into their own. Virtual reality is set to become more realistic and available everywhere. Now, you can use it at home or in special arcades. However, with the addition of 5G, there will be more ability to utilise the cloud in conjunction with portable headsets. At the moment, The technology is mostly limited to VR compatible games, as well as a small number of immersive events and social VR groups. In the future, however, there’s every reason to expect that there could be an entire VR universe like that of film Ready Player One, enabling users to have VR romances, friends and even careers.
There’s already a foretaste of human-free retail in developed countries via self-serve checkouts. Of course, the fact that 95% of purchases will be online by 2040 tells us that brick and mortar retail is becoming far less relevant in our society. However, true human-free retail promises to be a total game-changer. Standard Cognition, Amazon and Zippin are all putting out completely human-free stores you use via a compatible app. You’re monitored via cameras, select the items you want and leave having paid via the app, which also sends you a receipt straight to your inbox.
It is hard to imagine what the world is going to be like in 10 years, 20 years and beyond. In the meantime, we can all enjoy the new conveniences, insights and ease the latest devices provide, which is if anything, a lot of fun, something we could all definitely do with more of.