Towards A Digital Future: Smart Technologies Redefined

Digital Future

Time is moving fast and we are moving ahead towards a fast-paced digital future economy with new technologies being emerged each day. Gone are days where we witnessed only one smartphone launch per month. We now have more than 5 to 10 smartphones being launched each day both in India and other countries such as the US and China. We are currently living in a digital era with access to several smartphones, tablets, wearables, smart speakers and other devices. In this article, we will explore the various possibilities of a glorious digital future.

The future of Televisions

Going forward, we will witness the huge decline in the use of conventional LED TVs since they will be replaced with Smart TVs. The recent release of high-end budget-friendly Smart TVs by Xiaomi and VU is a testimony to this fact. There are reports that mainstream companies such as Panasonic, LG and Sony are also tightening their screws to launch a new range of budget smart TVs. The AI-enabled smart recommendations system will empower the future Televisions including the possible availability of the wireless set-top boxes. We can also see a drastic increase in the use of mobile TV services, which will help you to enjoy the visual media on the go.

Bezel-less displays to rule the world

Talking about smartphones, the integration of bezel-less displays with 18:9 aspect ratio will be a reality in all smartphones. Xiaomi already started to release new budget-friendly smartphones with this trending display. The main intention is to not only enable users to experience stunning visuals but also to provide a premium look. Moreover, we can also expect foldable displays in premium handsets such as Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the upcoming Galaxy S10 series.

Wearables Era

Based on the latest trends, the smartwatches will surely replace nearly 70% of standard watches. The advantage of a smartwatch is its ability to track health parameters including sleeping, which will go a long way to improve your fitness and health. moreover, you can regularly monitor the arrival of new notifications, messages, and emails. the required action can be taken without any delay.

Mobile Payments

The word digital coincides with the payment systems effectively. We have witnessed tremendous growth of mobile payment services such as Paytm, PhonePe, MobiKwik, Google Tez including the Government of India’s own Bhim app post demonetization. Even small shop owners have also started to accept mobile payments, which will simplify their accounting tasks to a large extent. The use of mobile payment will ensure transparency and corruption-free environment. The use of electronic clearing services and online payment gateways by Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and Kerala Water Authority (KWA) is also a real proof of the success of digital payments.

Safety Concerns

The adoption of Aadhaar Pay, Apple Pay, and Samsung Pay will also increase within the next few years. We can expect this trend to grow further and more people will start using digital mode for performing their transactions. The real challenge before the authorities is to tackle the safety and security of digital payments.

Smart Devices

The way people interact with other devices and home appliances has tremendously changed. The arrival of Amazon Echo series speakers and smart lighting appliances have changed the lifestyle. You can now request a song to play via voice without using a smartphone or PC. Furthermore, the rapid growth of social media platforms has also changed we communicate with outside world.

Digital @ Medical

Even books and magazines are not spared from going digital because of the aggressive use of Kindle devices/apps, books, and magazines. It saves huge quantities of paper waste and also promotes an eco-friendly environment. The implementation of IoT in medical field and digitization of hospital/medical records will go along to ensure fast and speedy treatment.

Easy Accessibility

The word digital has found a spot in every household with the facility to book LPG cylinders only via SMS or online portal of respective providers. The Government of India recently launched a separate app named UMANG, which brings all digital services including LPG under one single umbrella. We have been using the app for the last few months and found it very useful.

We can also expect the rollout of driverless electric cars and 5G services before 2020 in India. However, the adoption of electric cars in Kerala looks slim because of the condition of the roads. however, nothing is impossible if all stakeholders work together.

Conclusion

We are surely moving ahead towards a digital future in all spheres of our life. However, it should be easy, reliable, accessible and secured. The learning curve should be simplified to enable senior citizens to use the various forms of digital properties. The Government should create short tutorials to explain the usage of various platforms under the Digital India initiative. That being said, we can positively look forward towards a prosperous digital era in the upcoming days.

Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and currently part of MVP Reconnect program. He is also part of the prestigious ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at admin@netans.com

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