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A peek into the future: smartwatches, drones and virtual reality

May 12, 2015 by AdrianC

So far it looks like that Google and Apple see 2015 as the year of wearable devices, Amazon shows us that flying drones represent the future, and a company named Oculus VR tries to bring to life the unfulfilled dream of the last generation, Virtual Reality.

Smartwatches

Google presented Android Wear as an operating system (OS) designed especially for smartwatches and wearables in general. This new OS is Google's bet for capturing the wearable market, and at first sight it has a great chance of success. The assumption is based upon the good history of Google when it comes to mobile operating systems and the number of partners that showed their interest for manufacturing smartwatches.

Companies such as Motorola and LG already showed us some photos with their future smartwatches powered by Android Wear (the Moto 360 especially looks awesome!). Moreover, Google has an impressive list of potential hardware partners: Asus, Broadcom, Fossil, HTC, Intel, Mediatek, MIPS, and Qualcomm. Although Apple has made its glorious entrance with iWatch, Google still has a chance to take a bite out of the smartwatches market.

Whether or not the smartwatch will become a trend, or will remain just a niche product, is yet to be seen. As I see it, this fashion-statement / gadget watch will become a trend only if companies will be "smart" enough to ensure proper interaction with our everyday devices, such as smartphones, tablets, Smart-TVs, and other smart-home gadgets.

Get ready for Virtual Reality (VR)!

In recent years, a company named Oculus VR has captured the attention and imagination of thousands, with its Oculus Rift - a virtual reality headset that provides an extraordinary immersive multimedia experience.

On the other heand, Sony has revealed Project Morpheus, a VR headset designed for PS4, and their plan is to deliver a full virtual reality experience, based on 6 criteria: sight, sound, tracking, control, ease of use, and content.

Will Sony succeed? I don't know... but it seems (and don't tell anyone about this!) that Oculus VR is better than the alternative from Sony - it has better specs and it displays clearer images.

Unfortunately, Oculus VR also captured the attention of Facebook, which bought the company for $2 billion (yes this is correct bil-li-on). Many Oculus Rift hardcore fans are very dissapointed of this acquisition, thinking that Facebook is going to ruin the project, but time will tell if Facebook is going to transform the dream of the last generation into a nightmare.

Amazon's delivery drones

Amazon surprised us back in 2014 when they've announced a new delivery system, based on flying drones. Although this delivery system seems improbable for the near future, there are already some who created "hacker drones" which are going to take control of the Amazon's drones.

I think this system of delivery drones has a long way to go... the current battery technology can't sustain the drones long enough and the FedEx guy is much more polite than a drone made of metal.

Recent IT history has shown that no matter how capable a device is (remember PDA's!), if it isn't backed up by proper software support, it's unlikely that it will get popular. So all of these devices need a good software ecosystem - otherwise we'd have dumb smartwatches, crashing drones and distorted virtual reality.

What do you think about this kind of devices? Which of them will succeed and which will join the Top Gadgets flops list?




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