The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECH WORLD -

E all have an ideal of what the fu­ture is go­ing to be like. It is quite cer­tain that we will be liv­ing with tech­nol­ogy that is an ex­ten­sion of our­selves.

Our re­liance on tech­nol­ogy has dra­mat­i­cally im­proved the qual­ity of life, with rapid ad­vance­ments in medicine, man­u­fac­tur­ing, education, de­sign and com­mu­ni­ca­tion push­ing sci­en­tific and so­ci­etal de­vel­op­ment for­ward.

Sim­ple tasks can now be com­pleted with just a touch or a swipe of a screen.

As we en­ter the age of dis­rup­tive tech­nol­ogy, tech de­vel­op­ers chal­lenge con­ven­tions and tra­di­tional forms of how we per­form ev­ery­day ac­tions.

Here are some game- chang­ing tech­nolo­gies that have ex­cited ex­perts and en­thu­si­asts and can de­fine our lives in the near fu­ture.

There is def­i­nitely a grow­ing in­ter­est in the health and fit­ness scene glob­ally.

From gym rats and yoga gu­rus to health­care pro­fes­sion­als, peo­ple not only want to mon­i­tor and doc­u­ment their progress, they are also look­ing for ways they can make their health and fit­ness regime more per­son­alised.

Ex­perts are start­ing to re­alise that con­ven­tional cookie- cut­ter meth­ods used in health and fit­ness are not pro­duc­ing re­sults for in­di­vid­u­als sim­ply be­cause peo­ple are all dif­fer­ent.

Smart­watches and fit­ness bands have paved the way for per­sonal smart devices that cater to health and fit­ness en­thu­si­asts by of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of so­cial and in­ter­ac­tive fit­ness- based func­tions.

In ad­di­tion to stylish de­signs, fit­ness bands of­fer a more prac­ti­cal ap­proach to fit­ness and health mon­i­tor­ing.

Fit­ness band brands such as Fit­bit and Jaw­bone are tar­geted specif­i­cally at the niche fit­ness com­mu­nity.

Th­ese devices guar­an­tee ac­cu­rate bio­met­ric read­ings for ba­sic health vitals, such as the num­ber of steps taken in a day, calo­ries burnt, pulse rate and sleep pat­tern, which can be mon­i­tored in real time through your mo­bile devices.

Health- based wear­able devices have now evolved be­yond fancy wrist gad­gets into smart ap­parel that can help you keep track of your fit­ness per­for­mance.

Biosen­sors wo­ven into fab­ric can not only trans­mit bio­met­ric data to your smart devices but also pro­vide in­for­ma­tion such as pos­ture and mus­cle stress when ex­er­cis­ing.

The biosen­sors in Athos smart train­ing ap­parel de­tects elec­tri­cal ac­tiv­ity when mus­cles ac­ti­vate in real time and trans­mit this data to its own smart­phone app via Blue­tooth.

Hence, you will be able to mon­i­tor your mus­cle per­for­mance and bal­ance while you are work­ing out.

In the long run, health- based apps, gad­gets and wear­able devices are mov­ing into the ad­vance­ment of re­mote and per­son­alised medicine that is not only mo­bile but can per­form func­tions such as give emer­gency alerts and pro­vide treat­ment and ther­apy for the per­son us­ing the de­vice.

Re­frig­er­a­tors or wash­ing ma­chines equipped with touch dis­play set­tings and ro­bot vac­uum clean­ers have be­come com­mon house­hold ad­di­tions.

A great deal of ad­vance­ment in ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence is now be­ing in­te­grated into seem­ingly reg­u­lar home ap­pli­ances, al­low­ing them to make ac­tion­able de­ci­sions in sav­ing en­ergy.

Nest, for ex­am­ple, is a new smart home ther­mo­stat that is not only de­signed to record your home en­ergy use but mod­u­late ac­cord­ingly to save en­ergy.

Its ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence fea­ture will “learn” your daily en­ergy us­age in six days and will pro­gramme its func­tion based on that. It will also mon­i­tor en­ergy us­age from time- to- time to make mod­i­fi­ca­tions if nec­es­sary.

The in­te­gra­tion of smart tech­nol­ogy in house­hold ap­pli­ances also of­fers con­sumers the abil­ity to per­son­alise them.

The new smart light­ing prod­uct from Philips known as Hue is able to change the colour of your light­ing from red to blue to white via an app in­stalled on your smart­phone.

Dif­fer­ent colours of light have bi­o­log­i­cal ben­e­fits that al­low you to be more en­er­getic in the morn­ing and calmer be­fore bed.

With 3D print­ing, dé­cor en­thu­si­asts have the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate per­son­alised dec­o­ra­tive items and fur­ni­ture based on their own de­sign and ma­te­rial.

Your dream en­vi­ron­ment­friendly coffee ta­ble could be a re­al­ity with just some cod­ing and a push of a but­ton.

Tech­nol­ogy ap­pli­ca­tions in se­cu­rity and sur­veil­lance have also im­proved with the in­tro­duc­tion of smart se­cu­rity sys­tems.

Many high- end prop­er­ties in Malaysia al­ready come equipped with bio­met­ric scan­ning on door knobs and touch dis­play com­bi­na­tion locks, elim­i­nat­ing the need for keys. Peo­ple now want se­cu­rity alerts and sur­veil­lance in real time through re­mote ser­vices. To cater to this need, smart se­cu­rity and sur­veil­lance com­pany Ca­nary has come up with a dis­crete se­cu­rity cam­era and mo­tion sen­sor de­tec­tors that are not only linked to your phone but also no­tify you im­me­di­ately if there is a break- in when your de­vice is armed. You can choose to view live, sound the alarm or con­tact the au­thor­i­ties.

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