Impact of technology on our lives in 2020
The 2010s made one thing clear: Technology is everywhere in life.
Technology is in our home with thermostats that heat up our residence before we walk through the door. It is available in cars with safety features that warns us about vehicles in adjacent lanes. We can also see technology in our Television sets, where many of us are streaming shows and movies through apps. We even wear it on ourselves in the form of wrist watches that keeps a check on our health.
In 2020 these trends are likely to get their momentum. We are also likely to see the revolution of smart homes, with internet – connected appliances such as refrigerators, televisions and vacuum cleaners working more seamlessly together and with less human interaction required.
“Anything in the home-we’ll have more cameras, more mics and more sensors.”
If some of this sounds the same as last year, it is- but that’s because new technologies often take time to mature.
Here’s what to watch in Tech this year.
The Smarter Home: True Automation
The rise in wireless technology and connectivity means that there are now opportunities that ever create a home automation system, controlling everything from lighting, heating to entertainment centers. Using nothing more than voice commands, a visual interface or a mobile app, you can use automation to create a truly smart home.
At the heart of every smart home is the what is known as the ‘hub’. This is a centralized device that controls all of your smart home products, using your home network broadband, Bluetooth, ZigBee, Z-wave and other protocols. The modern home is increasingly becoming an automated one. The modern home is becoming smart with Amazon, Apple and Google. They have battled to become the center of our home.
Their virtual assistants -Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri respond to voice commands to play music from speaker, control lighting and activate robot vacuums. In other words -when you buy an internet-connected light bulb down the line that works with Alexa, it should also work with Siri and Google Assistant. This will help reduce confusion when shopping for home products and improve the ease with which connected gadgets work with one another. If and when that happens, your home will truly- and finally be smart.
2. The Slow, Steady rise of 5G
There is no doubt that 5G will dramatically expand throughout 2020. New networks will continue to light up across the world, devices will become more widely available (including ones with break through cameras that make use of 5G band width), and businesses will continue to prove out new industrial, automatic, medical and educational use cases; That said 5G performance will remain a moving target throughout 2020 in equal parts to uneven network build-outs and changes in the number of people using 5G towers. It is clear that 5G is capable of delivering nearly 100 times faster speeds than what U.S. 4
4G smartphone users are accustomed to seeing today, but depending on where you are and the device you choose, the performance difference might be much smaller. As 5G towers continue to speed and underlying radio tech advances continue to make their way from labs into consumer devices, the 5G experience will improve. At some point over the next few years, 5G powered smartphones, tablets, laptops, wearables and XR will be common, while 5G automatic, agricultural, and city-scale infrastructure initiatives will be well underway. It is going to be a very exciting time for wireless devices and the people who increasingly depend on them.
3. The Wearable Market Heats Up
It is a time of intense competition in wearables computers, which is set to lead to more creativity and innovation. For a long while, Apple has dominated Wearables, since then many others have jumped in including Samsung and Huawei, Google recently acquired Fit-Bit, the fitness gadget maker, for $2.1 billion, in the hope of playing catch-up with Apple.
Computer Chips are making their way into other electronic products like earphones, which means that companies are likely to introduce innovations in wearables accessories, said Frank Gillet, technology analyst for Forrester.
Two possibilities: earphone that monitor your health by pulling pulses from your ears, or earbuds that double as inexpensive hearing aids.
“That whole area of improving our hearing the way other people hear us is really interesting, he said.
4. The Streaming Revolution
2020 looks set to be the year of the OTT, with a number of new services coming to US and Europe from some of the biggest content providers in the world.
In 2019. Netflix was the most popular watched video service in the United States, with people spending an average of 23 minutes a day streaming it’s content. Digital video made up to a quarter of the daily time spent on the digital devices last year, which included in spending time on apps and web browsers.
In 2020, Netflix’s share of the overall time we spend watching video on devices will probably decline because of the coming of the competing streaming services like Plus, HBO Max, and Apple TV Plus. Ross Benes, an analyst at e-Marketer, said in a blog post that we see that though Americans are spending more and more time watching Netflix, people’s attention will soon be shifted and divided as new streamers emerge.
So if you don’t like “The Morning Show” or “Watchmen” you, won’t change the channel, you will just have to switch to a different app.