BLUFThis article covers tech that was fixed in 2020 and tech that needs fixing; it also looks at some developments which the article describes as ‘creepy’.
Some technology changes spurred on by the impact of COVID-19 are:
- Zoom meeting quality and security are better.
- Google Meet, Microsoft Teams and Cisco Webex all updated and are an alternative to Zoom.
- E- scooters and bikes are more popular, and councils are learning how to manage these vehicles.
- Fitbits and Apple Watches are continually being upgraded to help manage your health.
- Fitness equipment is now being linked to high-quality videos and virtual training assistants.
- Foldable phones that open to provide an enlarged screen have been released, but their hinges' fragility is still a problem.
- 5G comes in slow and fast versions but still needs work.
- Amazon's Halo bracelet listens to your conversations and tells you how you might be sounding to other people. The article describes this sort of tech as 'creepy'. See: Video calls, creepy Amazon gadgets:
Think about how the ADF might benefit from 2020 technology developments.
- Dec 2020, ABC News, This COVID Christmas, Australians are turning to technology
- Dec 2020, BBC News, Tech trends in 2021: Fast planes and homeworking
- Dec 2020: Economist Times Video calls, creepy Amazon gadgets: The tech that was fixed in 2020 and the tech that still needs fixing.
- Jan 2021, Straits Times, Singapore sets up $30m fund to drive commercialisation of 5G solutions