At OpenXcell, our developers and designers keep an eye on emerging technologies so that we can better serve our partners when it comes to creating new software. For example, we are seeing growing connections with cloud computing, embedded sensors, ubiquitous 3D printing services and low-energy Bluetooth that will transform jewellery and fashion into intelligent extensions of ourselves.
From smart home appliances to 3D printers, the ascendancy of Big Data, the growing use of personal drones and the Internet of Things, there are a number of new opportunities for enterprise businesses to develop useful, exciting apps that will take advantage of these new devices and systems.
With that in mind, here are the top six technologies that are set to emerge in the coming year.
1. Emergence of Smart Home Appliances
Expect more household equipment to be connected to the Internet in the near future. For example, Whirlpool, a major home appliance manufacturer, has announced that it will make all of its electronic equipment compatible with the Smart Grid by 2015. Doing so will let consumers make better decisions about when to use electricity, such as at night when peak demand is less. They can also control their devices from remote via the Internet.
2. 3D printers to get better with Helios One, by Orange Maker
The latest entrant in the bustling 3D printer industry is Orange Maker, which plans to release its Helios One printer in 2015. This desktop 3D printer uses heliolithography for improved accuracy and faster printer time.
Orange Maker accomplishes this in part by having the printer platform rotate as the feedstock resin reaches the surface. Printing objects using a spiral motion like this is more efficient than pausing in between depositing layers in conventional 3D printers.
3. High-precision Location Sensing with Apple iBeacons
Wouldn’t you like to know when your customers are approaching your brick and mortar facilities? How about presenting crucial information to conference attendees quickly and efficiently? Apple’s iBeacons technology uses Bluetooth low energy or BLE to transmit signals between smart devices. Users receive the data on their tablet or mobile phone as long as they stay with about 100 meters of the device sending out signals.
You can use an iBeacons network to get the most precise location data about customers and objects that are of interest to your organization. Schools and museums can use this technology to provide in-context information right when people need it.
4. Big Data gets Mightier in 2015
We are generating an enormous amount of data every year, and enterprise companies seeking to cash in on all the gold awaiting them in this mountain of information are turning to Big Data.
We expect Big Data will grow even mightier in 2015, with companies determining that they need to move beyond their limited, conventional technology infrastructure and start using new software to store, search and mine this information, with robust analytics.
Entrepreneurs in particular will find that using Big Data for such tasks as predictive analysis will be able to capture greater market share because they will have better insight into what their customers want.
5. Personal Drones, the next Potential Technology in the Enterprise
Eyes in the sky will become much more prevalent in 2015 and beyond, as enterprise companies start to see the benefits of using personal drone technology. We anticipate that advances will be made in using drones for delivery services as well as for such tasks as patrolling facilities for security and doing reconnaissance of nearby locations when companies prepare to expand their service area. Even real estate firms are using drones to document properties for sale.
6. The Scope of IoT and its Aftermath
The Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to revolutionize how people do business and enjoy themselves in an increasingly connected world. As more devices in our businesses and homes are coming with built-in low-power microprocessors and can connect to the Internet, a treasure trove of useful information is being generated. This will enable more processes to be automated as well as letting human operators act directly on data coming from devices hooked up to the IoT. From home lighting to heating and ventilation systems, you can control devices from remove with mobile apps.
Cities will become more intelligent, such as being better able to manage their traffic congestion and help commuters plan smarter routes in real time based on data from sensors.
Retailers can use the IoT to monitor their property and track who buys what in their facilities. Emergency services crews and security agencies will come to rely on the Internet of Things to help them detect pollution and radiation. Enterprises will use the IoT to get better control over their supply chains.
The healthcare industry will make great use of the IoT, with wearable devices helping medical professionals keep better tabs on patients without forcing them to come into the office to monitor chronic conditions.
We anticipate that there will be approximately 212 billion devices interconnected in the IoT by 2020. If you expect to maximize your reach into this emerging world of technology, you’ll want to partner with a software development firm that has plenty of experience in the space.
At OpenXcell, our talented and creative team can help your enterprise make the most of these emerging technologies. We will be happy to consult with you on developing new, customized software that will help your organization get to market first and get a better return on investment. For details or to get started on a new project, please contact OpenXcell today.