I’m sorry for the sudden personal affair, but I still remember the first time I lost my way when I moved to San Francisco. I am at this timeI couldn’t find a bus to my destination at all and was stuck at the bus stop for almost 30 minutes.
So the next day, when my classmates complained about the incomprehensible public transport system in San Francisco, they said, “There’s an app that lets you search for bus routes in San Francisco.” You can imagine my feelings.
Well, the day after I downloaded the app according to my friend’s advice, I got lost again as expected, but at that time I used the app to display the route closest to my current location on the bus route to the destination, and it took 4 minutes. I was able to get on the correct bus from the nearest bus stop without taking it.
Six months after that, I now have a general idea of the bus route, and if I’m in the neighborhood, I can go out without hesitation without relying on Google Maps. Thanks to this navigation app, we are completely accustomed to the public transportation system and can easily and comfortably move to offices, supermarkets, parks, etc. It’s so convenient that I even wonder, “How did San Francisco citizens live in the days when there were no smartphones?” It seems impossible to grasp this complex road network in San Francisco unless you’re a wizard.
It’s not limited to transportation, but when many things in our daily lives become mobile devices, it’s easy to forget what it was like before technology wasn’t available.
The problem with this is the fact that technology can become so pervasive in our daily lives as part of our lives that it can dominate our lives.
On the other hand, it’s attractive to be able to do things faster and more reliably in parallel with other tasks than you could have imagined 10 years ago. Therefore, it is not surprising that large cities will adopt new technologies ahead of other regions.
New technologies such as the “Internet of Things” are rapidly permeating our busy lives, and the time has come when we can witness unprecedented technological advances in history. There is. In other words, regardless of whether we like it or not, the technology-centered society is steadily developing, and in fact, not only major companies such as Amazon but also emerging companies such as Withings have various slogans of “making life more convenient”. We are developing Internet of Things technology.
In the future, as many as 19 billion items will be connected to the Internet by 2016, and apps that are useful in everyday life such as searching for the bus route I mentioned earlier will permeate, and radio waves are currently difficult to reach. It won’t be long before an app that can receive weather and traffic information on the spot even in the back alleys will appear.
Therefore, here we will list and introduce both the technologies that have already appeared and the technologies that are expected to be put into practical use in the future.
<Technology already in practical use>
1. A body-worn device that can analyze and manage body movements, heart rate, etc.
2. Smartphone technology that responds appropriately to user behavioral tendencies
3. Fully automatic service system by machine in the cafeteria in the company
4. Bluetooth compatible remote health management system
5. An app that analyzes the degree of obesity and indoor air conditions
6. A 3D printer that can print using any substance, from chocolate to magnets
<Technology expected to be put into practical use in the future>
1. A smart refrigerator that allows you to view food expiration dates, shopping lists, and even manage your diet.
2. Smart car capable of autonomous driving and parking (although there is no technical problem already, legal approval is required)
3. Basically, a smart city where “everything” is connected to the Internet
From now on, “connection” will be the keyword, and we will be in an era where we can connect to home appliances, parts of our body, and even the town where we live via the Internet.
The Internet of Things is by no means just “one of the impractical inventions.” We would like to recognize that it is a pocket-sized future technology that enriches our lives and makes it easier to live, and we want to get along well.