Billions of interconnected IoT devices with sensors allow remote data gathering and interaction at unprecedented scales, communities can benefit from the implementation of these technologies in many ways. In this article, we cover the main IoT trends that make an impact on 2020.
IoT allows assistants to become a part of all connected devices, allowing them to travel from room to room. Whether its Siri, Cortana or Alexa, every major tech company currently develops voice recognition software and voice assistants to make IoT devices capable of keeping a house connected. From authors making use of voice-to-text features as they write books from dictation to housewives googling an ingredient from their kitchens for a recipe.
Wearable devices such as fitness trackers come with sensors equipped to give doctors and healthcare professionals access to life-saving statistics about their patient’s health and fitness. From Garmin’s next-generation smartwatches to Apple’s Watch, to Fitbit’s Versa 3, the wearable market is booming as more and more alternatives pop up that allow for synchronization with computers, tablets, phones, and other devices. Your wearable device can allow you to pay in the cashier without taking your wallet or your phone out, let alone touch another surface. Current trends in IoT are more voice and gesture-oriented to minimize touching surfaces, a key factor for coronavirus spread.
Imagine getting up from bed, going to the bathroom to brush your teeth, and being able to watch real-time information like stock quotes, weather, to-do list, emails, and other stuff in a futuristic screen. A smart mirror can show calendars, news, and other content in something out of a sci-fi movie.
IoT smart home devices, like Wi-Fi, enabled buttons that order groceries from the store and charge them to your account are services that nowadays seem like an everyday thing. Not so long ago, that sort of capacity was something out of comic books focused of futurism traits. With the help of IoT smart home devices, it becomes extremely easy to reduce energy and costs while saving at the same time.
Self-driving cars are a shared ambition for automotive manufacturers, technological companies and ridesharing companies. These artificial intelligence vehicles work in a complex node of networks and servers that have proven to reduce traffic, carbon emissions and generally improve the life of citizens in crowded cities as transportation hours get reduced, workers have better mobility.
Futuristic as it may sound, IoT allows for the emergence of new forms of air travel, from flying drones that deliver pizza or less than fifteen pounds parcels, as Amazon’s drone implementation program in California and other parts of the American Northwest.
Data Processing with Edge Computing
Edge computing brings computation and data storage closer to the location where its needed, therefore improving consistently response times as it saves bandwidth, allowing for better network allocation and resources in an environment where most data created is analyzed faster by computers than by humans.
Flexible displays could be one of the most significant technological breakthroughs of the decade. More and more companies are experimenting with different materials, like Motorola, who will launch a remake of their iconic Motorola Razr this week at IFA Berlin 2020. The sheer amount of data created by the sensors of IoT will require a giant amount of bandwidth, that’s when 5G technology comes in, as it is the first generation of cellular network technologies designed with IoT application in mind.