Here at Echo, we like to think we have a good handle on what’s trending. So we asked our own Senior Vice President, Amy Jantzer, what are her 2015 predictions.
“I think you’ll see a lot more hardware integration with mobile applications,” said Jantzer. This includes the greater integration of Bluetooth technology with mobile devices and apps.
Bluetooth allows devices to communicate with each other cheaply over short distances. And like most other areas of tech, Bluetooth is getting smarter and more uses are being found all the time. For example, an article by the BBC referenced a Silicon Valley start up—Scanadu—that is developing a device that is placed on the forehead for ten seconds. The device measures “your heart rate, blood pressure, core body and skin temperature, respiratory rate, blood oxygen levels, blood pressure and emotional stress levels.” The information is then transferred via Bluetooth to the users mobile phone, tablet or smart watch and it can then be uploaded to a cloud for storage, or sent to a doctor for analysis.
Bluetooth is also being used in developing agricultural sensors. The sensors detect when water levels in plants or crops is too low and then send a signal—via Bluetooth—to a sprinkler system which can provide water to the crops. The sensors then alert the sprinklers when a sufficient amount of water is received. And this just scratches the surface of this technology’s uses and capabilities.
Jantzer thinks the Apple Watch will help to jumpstart the integrating of mobile apps with hardware—such as the Apple Watch itself. Jantzer even points out that we here at Echo have been working with clients that are increasingly putting mobile devices in the hands of their technicians and employees to better serve their clients.
With smart watches on the rise, fitness monitoring growing and more and more interest in Wearable technology, it stands to reason our devices are going to have to communicate with each other more frequently.
What are your predictions? How do you think mobile apps, Bluetooth and other technologies are going to improve our lives this year? Tweet at us @echointeraction and join us at our Meetups to discuss in person.