Apple iPhone 7 sales may soar to 100 million this year due to the recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, IBK Investment & Securities analyst Lee Seung-woo projected. One of the noteworthy features of the new phone series is the high-tech camera that comes with the iPhone 7 Plus, which Apple has touted as its most advanced camera yet, featuring better zoom capability, wide color capture and dual camera capability. Today, cameras on smartphones seem like a necessity, but just a decade ago camcorders still dominated the portable camera market. Here are some other ways advances in technology have improved some simple, non-digital aspects of everyday life.
Technology is making it easier to drive. GPS systems have made driving more convenient and safer by making it easier to know where you’re going and eliminating the need to fumble about with maps. Most GPS guides are now in the form of smartphone apps or built directly into vehicles.
GPS is just one example of the innovative features that technology has introduced to enhance the driving experience, Buick says. Collision avoidance systems can now let drivers know when other vehicles are approaching too closely. Some cars now come with advanced safety features such as automatically applied brakes and pre-tensioned seatbelts. Blind zone alerts and lane departure systems let you know about dangers outside your vision. Reverse cameras help you avoid accidents when backing up. Other innovations help you park and let you control your car’s systems with the sound of your voice.
Eight-eight percent of consumer credit cards now come with chip readers to prevent fraud, reports MasterCard. Chip cards illustrate one of the ways technology has transformed the shopping experience. Self-service checkout is another example. This year Wendy’s announced plans to add self-service kiosks at 6,000 of its locations, a trend McDonald’s is also considering embracing.
Consumers are already familiar with self-service checkout from gas stations, where they have been notably successful, and Walmart, where reception has been mixed. Self-service is also emerging as consumers’ preferred paradigm for online shopping, with web and mobile self-service now leading other online customer service channels, according to Forrester research.
Technology is also transforming the way we dress. While smartwatches are currently the most popular form of wearables, smart clothes are the real future of wearables, predicts Digital Trends mobile editor Malarie Gokey. For instance, OMSignal has introduced smart sports bras that track the wearer’s fitness data while they’re working out. Samsung has introduced belts that can let you know if you’re gaining weight and suits with contactless payment cards built into the buttons.
Smart clothes aren’t the only innovation in clothing technology. Ray-Ban polarized sunglasses make it easier and safer to enjoy being outdoors. Shoe companies such as Nike now use computerized production technology to let you choose customized footwear designs.
The Jetsons, who lived in the mid-21st century, had an electronic maid. Today robots that do domestic chores are already a reality. Domestic robots will now do everything from vacuuming your carpet to washing your floor to changing your cat’s litter.
You can even get robots that will water your plants, mow your lawn and clean your barbecue grill.