According to Winston Churchill “There is nothing wrong with change if it is in the right direction.”
The same applies to technology too. Technology is something which has changed our lives for the better. May it be smartphones, cloud computing or multi-touch tablets, all these innovations revolutionized our life. However, this is just the beginning.
Here, we present 10 upcoming technologies which will definitely change the world.
1) Form 1
Form 1 is an affordable, high-resolution 3D printer. This Form 1 printer is engineered in such a way that with just a touch of a button, high-resolution parts can be printed. With this, one can spend more time in designing and less time in setting up prints. The Form 1 post-processing kit helps keep your desktop organized so that you can easily put the finishing touches on your masterwork.
This product can be yours at just $2,799.
2) Oculus Rift
Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset developed and manufactured by Oculus VR, a division of Facebook. This 3D headset lets you feel that you are actually in a video game. It has integrated headphones which provide a 3D audio effect, rotational and positional tracking. There will also be a 3D space which will allow the user to use the Rift when sitting, standing or walking in the same room.
You can experience this Rift at just $300.
3) Google Glass
Google Glass is an optical head-mounted display designed in the shape of a pair of eyeglasses. It was developed by Google X with the mission of producing a ubiquitous computer. Google Glass is quite smaller and slimmer than previous head-mounted designs. With the help of Google Glass, one can get updates about social media feeds, Google Maps as well as navigate with GPS and take photos too.
This optical head-mounted display is priced at $1,500.
4) Eye Tribe
Eye Tribe is a Danish startup company that produces eye tracking technology.
This Eye Tribe software allows its users to direct a smartphone, tablet or a computer with just a look of an eye. The game Fruit Ninja usually needs a touch to slice a fruit, but with this Eye Tribe Technology, one can cut the fruit with the movement of their eyes. Currently, this company is still seeking partnership so that they can launch into the consumer market.
5) Project Fiona
Razer’s Project Fiona is a gaming tablet built for hardcore gaming. Razer very well knows how to build user experience straight into the tablet. The features include 3-axis gyro, magnetometer, accelerometer and full-screen user interface supporting multi-touch.
6) Firefox OS
Parallella is a kind of a supercomputer. It is an energy efficient computer built for processing complex software simultaneously and effectively. Real-time object tracking, holographic heads-up display and also speech recognition can go way ahead with the help of Parellella.
It can be magically yours at just $99.
However, it is not recommended for non-Linux users.
8) Google Driverless Car
The Google Driverless car is powered by Artificial Intelligence that utilizes the input from the video cameras inside the car and also a sensor attached on the vehicle’s top. Some radars and position sensors are also attached on various parts of the car. But the manufacturer is currently facing a challenge to forge the system for affordable cars that every worker can afford with an average salary.
9) Leap Motion
Leap Motion is technology which lets you control the desktop with fingers but without touching the screen. This will allow you to scroll the web page, zoom in the map and the photos and even sign documents.
You can own this future tech with just $70.
SmartThings is that technology upgrade which makes every device, may it be digital or nondigital connect together to benefit you. With this technology, one can detect smoke alarms and also have humidity, pressure and vibration sensors to detect changes in your house. You can also track who had entered the house and also turn on the lights when entering the room.
This SmartThings technology only costs around $500.
India’s Reliance JioMeet To Take On Zoom
Mukesh Ambani seems to be having one of the best years of his career, proving that the COVID-19 pandemic is not a hindrance to his goals. Mukesh Ambani’s latest product is a video conferencing app which aims to take on the hottest video conferencing app, Zoom. The telecommunications vertical of Reliance Industries, Reliance Jio, formally launched Reliance JioMeet, on Thursday evening, which has an uncanny resemblance to Zoom.
Zoom has emerged as one of the companies which has thrived due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as businesses are forced to shut down their offices and shift their operations to remote work. This meant the demand for a good video conferencing software shot up and Zoom stepped up to the task before Google, Microsoft and Facebook could catch up. Zoom has also removed time limits for the conference calls and made the entire suite free of cost for schools and businesses in the affected regions across the globe, thereby further increasing its popularity.
However, JioMeet has a similar if not better offering than Zoom. JioMeet offers unlimited number of free calls in high definition (720p) to users and supports as many as 100 participants on a call. Interestingly, JioMeet appears to not impose a short time limit on a call’s duration. Jio Platforms says a free call can be uninterrupted for “up to 24 hours” long. The service currently has no paid plans and considering Jio’s reputation for giving services for free for years like Jio data plans, it would come as no surprise if JioMeet is also made free for the time being.
JioMeet comes at the perfect time as the Indian government suggested that Indians need to aggressively work on homegrown technologies and develop them so that they are on par with technologies developed by global giants. The government has called for leading Indian software and IT companies to come up with an alternative for Zoom and it looks like Jio has stepped up to the task.
Infosys Considering Permanent Work From Home For 30% Or More Employees
In what could be considered as a game changing move if it becomes a reality, Infosys is considering the idea to permanently let about one third of its employees to work from home. Infosys is considered as one of the leading companies in the software and Information Technology (IT) sector in India, as well as the world. This Indian IT giant is always at the forefront of innovation and setting new market trends for others to follow.
Many companies and organizations across the globe and India have been forced to shift to a remote working model due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision to work remotely is because the virus is highly contagious and can spread very quickly. Infosys might become one of the first companies to consider a plan for transitioning a large part of its employees into remote work, permanently.
In an interview with a popular business news daily, Infosys’s Head of Human Resources and Executive Vice President, Richard Lobo said “Once things are normal, over a period of time, probably 50 per cent of employees will come to office and the rest will work from home. Moving on, 66 per cent will be in office but 33 per cent will work permanently from home (sic.)” This translates to roughly 80,000 employees out of its total workforce of 2,42,371 employees. As offices are opening up gradually, Infosys has currently about 5 percent of its workforce going to offices in India while the rest are working from home. Commenting on the plan of action for the next few months Lobo said “we can’t predict the course of the pandemic but if it is following the path that it is, for most countries and if everything goes well, a third of total employees will come back to office (sic.)”
However, Infosys is not the only company mulling over transitioning into permanent work from home model. Another Indian IT giant, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) announced a whopping 75% of its 4,48,000 employees globally would be working from home by 2025.
Let us know if you think the work from home model will be adapted by various other companies in the future post COVID-19!
Target Sets A Benchmark By Raising Minimum Wage
Target Corporation is a well known organisation in the United States of America (USA) as one of leading retail chains in the Country. Target is always at the forefront of retail innovation and competes with its rival, Walmart to gain an upper hand. However, in a recent operational move Target has one upped its competitors when it announced it would raise its minimum wage from $ 13 an hour to $ 15 an hour permanently beginning from July. The increase to 15 dollars an hour is significant as it impacts 275,000 employees that work in their stores and distribution centers. Target has nearly 1,900 stores and 41 distribution centers.
The significance of its move is very high as it comes at a time when the world is battling its worst pandemic in years which has led to businesses shutting down, offices and governments declaring emergencies and lockdown. The decision to increase the minimum wage comes at a time when the world is celebrating retail store workers for their essential services and this move will only strengthen the employee loyalty while increasing the brand value of Target.
However, the decision to implement the minimum wage of 15 dollars per hour was announced in 2017 as a goal by Target Corporation. The employees of Target already received a temporary wage pay when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived and now the minimum wage pay is made permanent. The retail corporation will also offer a one time bonus of $ 200 to hourly employees at the end of July “for their efforts throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.”
The new minimum wage by Target is also important considering that the Federal average minimum wage in the USA is $ 7.25 per hour. The hourly wages at Walmart is at $ 11 per hour and although Walmart has been paying hourly bonuses to employees during the pandemic, it has ceased to do so in the recent weeks.
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