If you’ve been hiding under a rock this summer, you might have missed the current tech trends grabbing everyone’s attention. From interconnected devices using the Internet of Things, to medical diagnoses happening via wearables, to interior design done through augmented reality on your smartphone, there is seemingly no end to the advances we’re seeing across several tech sectors.
We’ve done the research, and below we’ve put together a list of the mobile and wearable tech trends that are turning our heads this summer.
The Internet of Things is not new — and the earliest versions of this technology have been around since the aughts. From smart speakers to wearable devices, from connected cars to the thermostats in our homes, devices connected to the IOT are everywhere, and Millennials and especially Gen Z users are as comfortable with an interconnected galaxy of devices as your parents were with adjusting their car radio dial.
There are 3.6 billion devices connected worldwide, and that number is increasing by leaps and bounds each year. Of course, nobody expected something as ubiquitous as the Internet of Things to slow down anytime soon, but the rapid adoption rate is staggering. This is why any entrepreneur or mobile app developer worth their salt is looking at this technology and how to harness it for their business goals.
While connected devices such as the Apple Watch (which just launched a dazzling new display) will probably never match the mainstream use of the smart phone, growing adoption among users is definitely making these devices a more and more compelling target for app developers. The Apple Watch saw sales that surged by 50% in the fourth quarter of 2018, while their closest competitor (FitBit) lagged behind by a considerable degree.
However, it is wearable health that seems to be one of the most popular niches in the wearable sector, likely because the devices you use could save your life. To give just one example, continuous glucose monitors, otherwise known as CGMs, allow diabetic users to make real-time decisions about physical activity, food, and medication, helping them reduce the need for finger prick tests — which can be painful as well as a nuisance.
Or consider cardiac health monitors that continue to be a vital device for any users who suffer from a heart condition. And as these devices become sleeker and more streamlined, more and more people will begin using them to track their heart health.
If you have a vision for the next great mHealth app, make sure you find a developer such as Guarana Technologies, one that brings a lean development process to the table, including you, the business owner, at every iterative step of the decision-making process. If you want to capitalize on this sector, see what Guarana Technologies can do for you and your business.
In the realms of augmented reality, AI has been growing by leaps and bounds allowing more practical applications for both augmented reality and mixed reality. Consider Google’s AR microscope, that allows doctors to spot and treat tumors faster than ever before.
Or look at the use of MR technology in big box stores, where Walmart is using the Oculus Go to help train employees in everything from customer service to compliance — standing on the forefront of what this type of technology can do for retail productivity and efficiency.
Meanwhile the American army is adapting Microsoft’s HoloLens to improve soldier training and reflex time, while minimizing the need for in-field training.
Thanks to recent developments in AR mobile apps, consumers can now walk into a fast-paced mall they’ve never visited before, and without even understanding the language used in the signage, they can guide themselves from store to store and floor to floor thanks to helpful insights accessible on their mobile phone. With the inMapz app for example, users can navigate through any crowded space such as airports or shopping centres without relying on signage or kiosk aid. If you have the next big vision for a mobile app in the IoT, mHealth or retail space, make sure you find the right developer who can help you get your idea off the ground. You’ll be glad you did.