As technology continues to evolve, we are constantly hearing about a buzzword. Smart. “Smart” is used to describe technology that does more than it should. Through recent years, we have seen this word describe a whole range of different tech. There is the smartphone.
Phones weren’t first released with smart technology. Instead, they grew to become something more than a device for making calls and sending messages. Now, you expect a phone to be connected to the internet and also be available to run all of the latest apps. In fact, many people would now not look twice at a phone if it didn’t have an HD or Retina screen. This is what we have come to expect from the phones that we buy. We want one that allows us to watch television or films while we’re on the go. In the past, that was a job for portable TVs. But now it could occur through the smartphone.
Next, we saw the introduction of the smart home. The smart home was an incredible idea, was held the realms of science fiction. Who would have thought that today you could buy a home where everything could be set to personal preferences. We do mean everything, including lighting and music in a room. For instance, a smart home can be set up to play your favourite song as soon as you enter the house. If you’re planning to install a smart home system in your property, you may need the services of a residential electrical contractors. Smart homes have been on the market for quite some time but the tech still isn’t as popular as it should be. Perhaps because people do not realise the full extent of the potential of the technology.
One of the most recent developments is the idea of the smart car. This tech is not yet on the market, but experts believe it soon will be. Smart cars are designed to be self-driving. Essentially, once everyone is driving a smart car human error will be taken out of the equation. We can only imagine what this would mean for the number of accidents on the roads. Again, this was an idea that once existed in the realms of science fictions. Now, it could be a reality in just a few years. Google and other companies are already working on this possibility.
That brings us to one of the biggest developments that is in planning stages right now. The smart city. For most countries, this is still a hypothetical concept. Smart cities in India are already being built. So what exactly is a smart city? A smart city is an entire urban environment built by experts. Anyone could buy a home in a smart city but the services and utilities are all designed to be as modern as possible. State of the art technology is used in the conception of the city.
As incredible as smart cities and cars are, we have to wonder what’s next. But we think advances in science and technology are already providing the answer. Before the end of our lifetime it’s quite possible that we will see the infusion of tech and the human body. This of course is just speculation. But one thing is clear. We can look forward to some incredible developments in smart technology in the next few years.