‘How many connected devices you own today?’ About a decade ago, you probably would have said ‘one’ or ‘two’ at best if you were one of the earlier adopters of the smartphone technology. But that era is well and truly being challenged.
It’s estimated that by 2020 there will be 50 billion connected devices on the planet for an estimated population of 7.6 billion—roughly over 6 devices per user on average. That points to something like a blanket of billions of sensors picking up information from the physical world and using it to further bridge the fast narrowing boundaries of virtual and augmented reality.
With technology breaking new grounds every day, a surge of embedded products is being ushered in, pushing the limits on personal comfort, vital services, and industrial productivity to a whole new level. Driverless cars, smart TVs, multifunctional devices, revolutionary age medical advancements, smart computing have clearly announced the era of embedded apps/systems is here.
Coming from the inception of microcontrollers, embedded apps open into a new world of possibilities transcending every conceivable realm of imagination to bring sophisticated control across connected devices: The result: a chain of connected devices linking media systems, smartphones, laptops, portable appliances, medical devices, driverless cars, and so on. .
Embedded apps are already redefining niche sectors like healthcare with abilities to deliver health and fitness proactively. Sophisticated iPhone apps like FitBit have kicked off an era which is set to change the whole dynamics of the game. The app digitizes ingestion output coming from specially designed event markers, thereby pushing the boundaries on cutting edge diagnostics to a different level altogether.
Embedded diagnostic systems are also going a long way into delivering high tech point-of-care diagnostics. Now medical records can be maintained and updated at the point of care itself. For example, treadmill feeds can deliver conclusive metrics directly on an iPhone/iPad or any other connected device. It could be graphed against vital signs or recorded digitally to produce veritable, detailed reports.
Embedded apps reinforce a fundamental shift from the virtual reality world to a more humanized augmented reality putting into perspective the creation smart, intelligent, and efficient systems of embedded apps.
At SDI, our apps developers are constantly exploring the forefront of embedded apps from an Internet of Things perspective. We envision a future of embedded apps shape out whole new perspectives on how smart devices are used to connect and control our physical world.
This was a guest article from Raj Srivastav.
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