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The road to smart technology

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The Sixties witnessed the world’s first major technology wave with the rise of the mainframe, which had a dramatic impact on business processes and continues to do so even now. The second wave was the rise of the mini-computer, which had ease of use and was affordable. The third has been the PC, which needs no introduction, and the Internet is the fourth.

The Internet has changed the way business is conducted across the world and has had an impact on how we work, shop, socialise and interact. And now smart mobile technology really does look set to be the fifth major technology wave. What is of even greater interest is that we may be looking at a technology growing faster than any other in history. It took landlines nearly 100 years to reach saturation. Mobile technology reached saturation within 20 years and smartphones are set to do so in less than 10.

Today, technology has moved much ahead, with a requirement to be much smarter than its predecessor. Smart technology is targeted at understanding our smallest of needs, to make products and devices more user-friendly and one that could adapt to human needs.

Smart technology adapts to human behaviour, moulds itself to provide a more personalized environment and automates some tasks to ease our lives. Newer, more evolved features such as gesture recognition, enhanced connectivity, data synchronization through cloud, near field communication, wireless and solar charging facilities are redefining smartphones. Sleek designs are making devices even more attractive.

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