Augmented World Expo and Apple WWDC 2018 were probably the two key events for the world of augmented reality to reflect the current state of Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and the nearest future.Both can be summed up with these 7 trends.#1 Mobile AR is the main game-changerThe recently unveiled ARKit 2.0 opened a new chapter in the story of mobile AR development, introducing 3D object detection, shared AR, persistent experiences, tracking and rendering improvements.This rapidly advancing and popular technology is clearly taking the lead.#2 The present of Augmented Reality (AR) headsets is rather vagueAWE 2018 featured a number of promising AR headsets, yet none was ready for mass market.Even the leading headset, Microsoft HoloLens, is yet to tackle convenience and price issues.#3: The market is open to innovative solutionsPioneers might run the risk of failure, but they also have chances to occupy new niches.Over the next few years, businesses will keep implementing and marketing their ideas while Augmented Reality will be gradually becoming a part of our daily life.#4: Natural user experiencesNatural controls of AR headsets mean convenience for users.A good example is gaze tracking, which allows to simply look at an object for its recognition.#5: Meet a new buzzword: Extended RealityAll types of digitally enhanced or created "realities" can be united with a term Extended Reality (XR).
Advances in various fields of technology not historically associated with medicine are beginning to have a major impact on how care is provided.In 2018, there are 8 trends to keep an eye on.Being able to remotely connect with patients and even perform procedures is bringing health care access to a number of underserved communities.It will also allow practices to lower overall costs.Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.Using 3-D renderings to produce overlays for real world scenes, AR makes it possible for practitioners and students to access significantly more information.VR is also paving the way for new learning and surgical experiences.Artificial Intelligence.
Tech innovation is deeply rooted in modern business, bringing innovative ways of delivering information and presenting products and services.
Augmented Reality showed potential for a variety of business domains, going far beyond the obvious entertainment sphere.
Industrial AR/MR – smart factories, interactive environments, and real-time assistance; optimization of internal processes at every stage of processing, production, and manufacturing
Real Estate, Architecture & Construction – design, construction, and sales opportunities with computer-generated imagery
Medicine & Healthcare – AR-enhanced examinations and treatment procedures; opportunities for a wide variety of medical spheres from surgery to education
Sports & Fitness – monitoring of body functions, information delivery, personalized engagement
eCommerce & Retail – presentation of products that engages customers to be a part of this innovation
Education – effective and exciting learning process in virtually any educational sphere
While businesses develop their ideas and identify problems that can be solved with AR and MR solutions, software development companies take care of forming tech solutions and implementing them.
From now on, it's all about viable business cases and evolution of the technology itself, arguably represented at its most advanced by the Microsoft HoloLens.
With Augmented Reality solutions businesses can enter the market faster and be ahead of the competition.
The participation of MobiDev at CES 2018 yielded a number of observations that allowed to outline 8 tech trends that will be relevant for business throughout 2018 and beyond:The Internet of Things was undoubtedly the dominating sphere at the event, and it could be roughly divided into 2 sectors: smart home and industrial IoT.The latter was represented by the world's major players, who showcased their approaches to innovation that reimagines manufacturing, maintaining its integrity.Smart home was represented by standalone products as well as comprehensive closed ecosystems, which attempt to obtain a bigger share of the rapidly developing market.Car manufacturers were deeply involved in tech innovation, rivalling even traditional tech companies in that respect.All enterprises are interested in innovation, but the very notion is seen in a different way by different companies.A number of well-established companies shifted focus to occupy new market segments.Data Science and Machine Learning already bring business impact, being applied in modern B2B software suites for a variety of business domains.Blockchain is seen as a solution to security-based products, although compelling examples are yet to appear.Augmented and Virtual Reality are still mostly embraced by the entertainment sphere.The concept of smart city is rapidly developing, yet a convincing step is yet to be taken.
MobiDev, an IoT software development company, has successfully developed an mobile application for connected car.
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IoT application development for connected cars
The client, a vehicle electronics manufacturer from Germany, set the task to integrate a device installed in a smart car with a developed mobile app that allows to control wheel suspension of the car with a smartphone.
The project goal was to develop a reliable Internet of Things solution, starting from UI/UX design to implementation of the product for the achievement of the business goals of the product owner.
The application development started from prototyping and UI/UX design for both iOS and Android.
Agile methodology was applied to the development process and a dedicated team of Project Manager, Quality Assurance Engineer, Client Care Manager, iOS Developer, Android Developer, UI/UX Designer was involved.
MobiDev, a software development company based in the USA with development centers in Ukraine, has recently successfully launched a Web application for a client from the restaurant industry.The project idea was to create a B2C platform with dynamic pricing to connect restaurants with their customers in a way that would help restaurants to fill in off-peak hours with diners.Additionally, the application would give diners an ability either to book tables during busy hours beforehand, or to get discounts for reservations during off-peak hours.The restaurant app development was started from scratch, employing a dedicated team that had Project Manager, UI/UX Designer, Front-end Developer, Back-end Developer, and QA Engineer.All in all, it took 9 months till the launch of the product's first version.Agile methodology was customized to apply to the development process and give it more flexibility, still targeting a goal to launch the product as soon as possible.Proper documentation and regular communication helped much during this full cycle of application development that started from the usual phase of UI/UX design.The restaurant reservation system was extensively tested on the most relevant operating systems, achieving browser compatibility for both Web and mobile versions.The first version of this restaurant application was launched and made available to venues of New York City after 9 months of development.The product owner, a seasoned entrepreneur, highly evaluated the partnership with MobiDev, equaling this software development outsourcing experience to having an in-house IT department, but with an even larger size, flexibility, and stronger technical skills.The second phase of restaurant app development is going to start soon to broaden the range of supported browsers and devices, and to expand the existing functionality.
What is Bluetooth Low Energy?Bluetooth is one of the most popular short-range communications technologies for wearable devices connected to mobile phones.Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is a new protocol with reduced power consumption well-suited for the Internet of Things applications.What differs BLE from the usual Bluetooth is the way it sends data: periodic transmissions of lesser amounts of data result in lower power consumption, which is surely appreciated by end users.The Bluetooth Low Energy protocol is supported by all modern mobile phones starting from iOS 5, Android 4.3, Windows Phone 8, and BlackBerry 10.How does Bluetooth Low Energy work?There are 3 main types of BLE connection, each serving its particular purposes, and each being used in different products for different business domains:1.1-to-1 connection is used for various fitness tracking wearables, smart home devices, and medical equipment.2.1-to-Many connection is often associated with item-tracking, way-finding, and point-of-interest beacons.A smartphone becomes the center of user activities.3.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is described as a connection of a hardware device equipped with sensors and communication capabilities with a data-processing platform that then transforms data into comprehensible information for the end user.
The IoT market evolves rapidly; experts predict more than 50 billion connected devices in the world by 2020.
The Internet of Things expanded beyond startups with B2B and consumer products.
There are large corporations that are in search of IoT solutions that can be incorporated with their business processes to drive new revenues, lower costs, or make management easier.
The most promising IoT projects come up on the intersection of Augmented and Virtual Reality, machine Learning, and Big Data.
With plenty of companies working on IoT applications, 2017 may be a turning point in the adoption of this technology as more consumers and businesses see the benefits of digitalizing various tasks and aspects of their lives.