Trends in Technology have always been changing depending on the business needs and end-user ease of usage. If we observe closely, early 80s was the rise of Personal Computing where we had strong foundation companies like Apple and Microsoft being the first movers who had caught the peoples mind. 90s was the peak of Personal Computing and the beginning of the Web Computing. In mid 90s, there were so many companies that got established in the Web Space. Early 2000s was still the peak of Personal computing with Web computing taking the lead. Mid 2000s to date has been the rise of Cloud computing and smartphone & tablet era. The task which we used to do via PC is now possible via a SmartPhone or a Tablet. So the necessity of having PC has been reduced over the period of time.
What I want to convey is, Technology keeps evolving and keeps changing over period of time, but this current decade which has begun since 2011 would be the fastest one, in which technology will take different forms very quickly.
What Next ???
With the growth of the business demands day by day, more smart devices are required to do the job in a smarter way. Today, normally, a person goes to office, opens up the desktop and opens MailBox, Office applications, and some specific corporate applications which help him to accomplish his task.
This is good, but it has its own disadvantage of having PC being stationed in office, needing people who actually know to use those tools and overall its interactive to a limit, i.e., interaction is limited to mouse clicks.
The future would be a person working from anywhere and in a more interactive way, where he should be concentrating on what he needs and not on how it could be done. In coming days, Gestures, Natural language processing would reach a different level where people would work in more and more interactive way. Overall, I want to convey that devices would present to you exactly what information you need rather than you actually searching for them in PC or Web.
I would call this era, as Era of Smart Computing, where more and more smart devices will interact with people doing most of the job people do today and people concentrating more and more only on what needs to be done. This would give a great boom to businesses and personal computing.
Let's take some examples of how the future will be reshaped with these technologies:
Smart Glass: This is going to be one of the biggest things in the near future, Smart glass would be an intelligent glass which could load 3D Maps for you, project your phones data onto it, load your profile from web and do almost everything which you do today with PC and more than that since it would be more interactive.
To give an example of its use case, let's say four of your team members are traveling in a car. Every car in the future will have this smart glass integrated in it, on which you can actually project your presentation or anything else, so there is no need to open a PC or Tablet, you can project this data from your phone or directly load the data from the cloud. In the future, you would find it almost everywhere, like in cars, shopping mall, home, office, bus, etc. Like today people do ask for Wi-Fi station when they enter any of this places, tomorrow they will be asking for a Smart Glass.
The next big thing would be, Smart Sport products. Today we play BasketBall, Cricket, etc, and then to analyze how we played the game we take the opinion of our colleagues or seniors, etc., or if you have a system which captures all this, then you go to the control room and check in the PC how you played it.
The future won't be like this, you will get Smart products like Smart Basketball, which would be fully integrated with technology, you just keep playing your game and the data would be transferred to your smartphone, which you can analyze later. So people would be asking in future, whether it's a normal BasketBall or Smart BasketBall. And don't be surprised - this is already available in the market, Apple has already developed this.
So this is what I want to say, we will be surrounded by more & more smart and interconnected devices.
Overall, if I create a list of existing and upcoming devices, it will be:
- Smart Phone
- Smart TV
- Smart Watch
- Smart Meters
- Smart Grid
- Smart Fridge
- Smart BasketBall
- Smart Cities
- Smart Car
- Smart Glass
and the list goes on.....
Another field which will grow in parallel is the Big Data Analytics. Since so much of data will be generated by these devices, this data needs to be analyzed and generate reports which will help in future decision making.
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These changes in technology open up new doors, overall there will be:
- Companies which will develop devices
- Companies which will develop embedded software & OS
- Companies doing Big Data Analytics
- Companies providing services & solutions based on these technologies
Glimpse of what I want to explainOverall, I see that it's a great opportunity for Embedded Developers And Developers & Analyzers of Big Data.