Everything Turns “Smart” in 2015

We’ve hit the year 2015 and, from the looks of it, the film Back to the Future II made some pretty accurate predictions about today’s technology. The movie’s famous hoverboard became a reality when Tony Hawk rode the world’s first hoverboard nearing the end of 2014. But what’s really fascinating is the number of ordinary objects that turned “smart” in the film are now becoming a reality this year.

When Marty McFly and Doc travelled to 2015, they encountered many advancements in technologies such as flat screen TV’s, head mounted displays, controller-less video games, video chat, automatic shoe-laces, and even flying cars.

Today we have most everything that the film showed a little over 26 years ago. We have flat screen TV’s ranging up to Samsung’s 110-inch Ultra HDTV, Google Glass is entering the market, video games such Wii and Xbox’s Microsoft Kinect, Skype’s video chat, Nike has patented and is said to release McFly’s self-tying “power laces” this year, and there are even prototypes of flying cars being produced around the world.

We have been and are continuing to convert our ordinary objects into smart objects. It seems as if everything will have the word “smart” in front of it or at least be revamped to have a smart (aka computerized) spin to it. We no longer just have smartphones. There are now smart TV’s, smart watches, smart cars, smart coffee makers, and even smart plant potters. If it’s not smart now, it will be soon at this rate.

Most of these smart objects are thanks to the smartphone. According to readwrite, the smartphone was likely the most difficult device to produce. The smartphone condensed the computer hardware into a design that fits in our pockets.

“We are designing for one of the hardest devices” to get right,” Qualcomm VP Tim McDonough told readwrite. “The challenges of the smartphone translate really well” to devices that can be used in a variety of other ways, he added. “If you can make this work in a smartphone, you can make it work in everything.”

The capabilities of the smartphone are being transformed into everything we own. From our cars to our watches, smart is here to stay. This year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is proof of that.

Mashable broke down the 2015 CES with their ten best picks. The list included the following smart products:

  • Gogoro smart scooter created a system to quickly swap electric batteries for electric vehicles.
  • Belty smart belt automatically adjusts after eating a little too much.
  • IO Hawk is a personal transporter without handlebars.
  • Sony Life Space UX is an entire smart home concept including LED-bulb speakers and an interactive tabletop.
  • Keen Home smart vent allows a home’s thermostat to control each room individually.
  • Parrot Pot is a Bluetooth flower pot that can tell when your plant is thirsty and waters it for you.

Follow this link to see Mashable’s entire Best of CES 2015.

Technology has definitely been pushing into each aspect of our day-to-day lives…in order to make things smarter. Who knows what the next 30 years will hold for us? As for my prediction, I don’t believe it will be too long before entire smart houses become just as common as smartphones. Just a matter of time now.

Andrea LaBudie
Marketing & Communications Intern
Macomb-OU INCubator

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