AI in Lifestyle Management
Apple introduced artificial intelligence (AI) voice technology in the form of its personal assistant, Siri, over five years ago. Apple has since incorporated Siri in all its devices including iPhones, smart watches and Mac devices.
Since then competition has got hotter, with other providers upping their game to provide serious rivalry to Apple. Whereas design innovation has had mostly a mobile-first approach, indications are that this is fast moving to an AI-first approach for smart devices.
Of the major players in this arena, Amazon and Google have developed devices with intelligent assistants based on AI technology.
These devices are designed to assist with home automation. But their potential can extend much farther to where industrial applications for AI technology look incredibly exciting.
Amazon’s Echo Set the Standard
Amazon launched its Echo device to the public in June 2015. It is already an industry standard. Among other things, this smart AI device enables home automation.
Amazon Echo is connected to its intelligent voice-controlled personal assistant called Alexa. It needs a wireless internet connection to function and can be manually disabled or muted. Read the full article →
The Internet of Things (IoT) is experiencing exponential growth, a trend that will continue in 2017. The main stars of the show will undoubtedly be IoT gateways. They act as traffic controllers, directing the data flowing from connected automated devices to computing facilities.
A fundamental requirement for IoT growth therefore is the necessity for reliable IoT gateways. Without this the vital link between devices and computers cannot be guaranteed.
Industries Where IoT Gateways Will Play a Major Role in 2017
IoT growth in 2017 is likely to be most evident in the industries listed below. Robust and reliable IoT gateways will be of critical importance.
- Manufacturing. The availability of more affordable control systems is driving the automation of more and more factories. IoT technology can be used to monitor and control machinery and processes in remote locations or that are difficult to access.
- Building management. Property managers are poised to make more use of the IoT for everything, like building access control, security, and managing and controlling utilities. Smart buildings will have the ability to control the climate within offices by regulating centralized HVAC systems.
- Government. Smart cities will be able to use IoT gateways to collect revenue and then monitor the supply of services and utilities to their residents. This technology will be invaluable in monitoring traffic flow and controlling traffic lights at intersections and pedestrian crosswalks.
- Residential management. Smartphones have opened up IoT technology to enable homeowners to monitor and control appliances and HVAC systems remotely.
- Healthcare. Telehealth will provide enormous benefits for patients and healthcare professionals alike. Remote monitoring through IoT-enabled devices will cut down on checkup visits and enable patients to be discharged from hospitals earlier. Eliminating routine on-site checkups will provide healthcare professionals more time to devote to new patients and emergencies.
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Potential is no longer limited to the reality we live in. Virtual reality is the way ahead for so many industries and businesses. What started as a concept that many thought was clunky and gimmicky, or was limited to the realm of sci-fi, now stands side-by-side with the IoT as the most exciting modern advancement in computing technology.
Interacting with a computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment is going to revolutionize so much of our lives. Helmets, goggles, gloves and other VR possibilities Read the full article →