Hi-tech experts anticipate the trend in connective technology to spread into our homes and daily lives via various applications.
According to tech research firm Gartner, 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016, an it’s expected to reach nearly 30 billion by 2020.
Andrew Parker, project marketing director for the GSMA Connected Living programme: “We are moving from the machine to machine market into the internet of things. That is beginning to really take root. So we are seeing the market scale. And we are seeing many more types of things being connected. So we are seeing a lot more connected cars, a lot more connected consumables and a whole range of industrial devices.”
The recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona showcased devices which collect and send data in order to be processed.
Examples were vineyards that measure soil quality, a toothbrush that analyzes and reports on brushing techniques and a smartphone and tablet, by Akuymen, that work as a projector with a 100-inch quality picture.
It’s possible that each aspect of our life will soon be related to an e-device, from a talking dog collar to a smartphone video application called Ring that enables you to answer your door from anywhere.
Nirave Gondhia, tech website editor: “IOT (Internet of Things), it’s a buzz word, but what it really means is your smartphone becomes the centre of not only your mobile life on the go, but of everything within your home.”
The sports sector is a field big on technology and Irish company See.Sense has invented a bike lamp that connects to a smartphone via bluetooth technology, enabling it to keep track of where the bike travels, including if it gets stolen.