Before the Covid-19 pandemic has influenced our lives in all aspects, the innovative techs which are often mentioned are smartphones, TV, smart speakers, etc. It can be denied that thanks to this pandemic, we realize some useful technology that was often overlooked.
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According to NYTimes, there are 4 tech trends that are set to invade our lives this year.
1- The tech that replaces our stores
Maybe you do not feel apparent but shopping online has had positive changes. It does not simply visit an online shopping website, select the products you want to purchase, and then pay cash.
Chatting with a bot will help customers find products quicker and more effectively. For example, Facebook has offered tools for merchants to make bots that engage with customers. Retailers like Amazon have used chatbots to answer customers’ questions, and when the bots cannot help, a person can hop in to take over.
Chatting with a bot will help customers find products quicker and more effectively
Text or voice support can be developed in the future. There are already plenty of examples. Recently, when shopping for a pair of shoes at Beckett Simonon, an online fashion brand, you can ask an employee via a chat box about the correct shoe size for your feet.
When buying prescription glasses in Jins Eyewear, you are able to take a photo of your face to virtually try on glasses before deciding whether to buy them. Or Snap, the parent company for Snapchat, has combined with luxury brands like Gucci and Dior to offer virtual try-on.
Augmented reality is poised to become especially popular this year because the technology keeps improving.
2- Wi-Fi is getting smarter
When the pandemic exploded, the stay-at-home order was released, it underscored was our sluggish, unreliable internet connections. Many claims are reported to be a slow connection, in part because broadband providers were crushed by the heavy traffic.
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As a consequence, 2021 will experience the breakthrough of new internet routers. It will be Wi-Fi 6, a new networking standard. Instead of focusing on speed as in the past, Wi-Fi 6 will concentrate on efficiency. It enables to share bandwidth across a large number of devices.
To illustrate, if your family is using smartphones, computers as well as a game console at the same time, Wifi 6 can provide bandwidth to all the devices simultaneously. This the previous wifi can not do that.
As a consequence, 2021 will experience the breakthrough of new internet routers
Wi-Fi 6 is so great! Its efficiency means that more of our stuff connects to the internet, from watches to television sets to bathroom scales to thermostats still operate well at once time.
3- The tech that lets us keep our hands to ourselves
Coronavirus encourages us not to touch together as well as promote mobile payments. Overall, there are 67% of American retailers accepting touchless payments, which increased by 20% compared that in 2019, according to a survey by Forrester. Among those surveyed, 19% said they made the first digital payment in a store the last May.
This year, Ultra-Wide Band, a relatively new radio technology, may also find its important innovations. How great is it?
This year, Ultra-Wide Band, a relatively new radio technology, may also find its important innovations
For example, you go to a coffee shop and buy a cup of hot coffee. That shop will need to have a tablet which is equipped with radio technology and your phone does too. If you are standing in front of the tablet, it can sense your phone and just accept payment from you (and not the person behind you in line). Moreover, with this technology, employees can come into buildings and start-up cars without physical keys.
4- The tech that virtualizes work and self-care
From the social- distance order, it can be clearly seen that virtualized experiences, like video meetings and Zoom yoga, are viable alternatives for the real thing. In 2021, these technologies are predicted to develop massively.
Microsoft’s AltspaceVR, for example, enables you and your colleagues to wear headsets and have meetings in hologram form. Facebook’s Oculus, the virtual reality division of the social network, said it was hastening its plan to bring virtual reality to offices. It plans to bundle its latest headset, the Oculus Quest 2, with business-ready software that helps companies train employees and collaborate, for about $800.
Microsoft’s AltspaceVR, for example, enables you and your colleagues to wear headsets and have meetings in hologram form
Technologies observing our health daily are also researched. Last year, Amazon launched its first wearable for fitness tracking, which integrates software that scans your body fat. Besides, Apple recently introduced Fitness+, a copycat of Peloton, the app provides instruction videos for at-home workouts.
To sum up, these new techs are predicted to invade our lives in 2021.
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