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.