As power retailers and consumers alike gear up for Gitex Shopper’s 25th anniversary – taking place from October 3-10 in Dubai, the organisers highlight the industry’s top developments for 2015.
With wearable tech exploding onto the market in recent years, increasingly fashionable and functional devices such as fitness monitors, smart watches and glasses are expected to drive the growth of the market to an anticipated $19 billion in retail revenue by 2018, according to a recent Juniper Research study.
With smart watches expected to replace fitness wearables by 2017, these companion devices for smartphones are a highly anticipated trend for this year’s savvy consumer.
With Apple Pay preparing for its activation in the Middle East market, and local versions of the digital wallet already taking the UAE by storm, the days of checking for “wallet, phone, keys,” will soon be gone.
By simply scanning a QR code produced via smartphone, items are charged to a registered credit card – meaning convenience and simplicity for retailers and consumers alike.
Traditionally the domain of gamers, Virtual Reality is quickly becoming an actual reality for all, with accessible heads-up displays such as Samsung GearVR and Google Cardboard making VR hardware affordable and usable smartphone peripherals.
These consumer media devices are ripe for new content, with many advanced displays such as Meta, Magic Leap, Glyph and the Microsoft HoloLens system starting to gain notable traction as they work to launch consumer products.
According to C. Purushothaman, Head of Marketing for Samsung Gulf Electronics, “Samsung is committed to moving innovation forward, and we’re introducing cutting-edge technologies including virtual reality, wearables and phablets at GITEX Shopper this year.”
Although to many, smartphones might seem like old news, it has to be said that they are only getting smarter with the advent of new technologies. Current trends are showing that tablets are often used as ‘second screens’, and with phablets growing in availability, consumers will be encouraged to use these as their primary media consumption device – negating the need for a tablet.
“While smartphones are always top-sellers, we’re seeing a rising demand in phablets as people look beyond the smartphone screen experience and develop multi-screen preferences,” said Nadeem Khanzadah, Head of OmniChannel Retail at Jumbo Group.
The Internet of (Every)Thing/s
The Internet of Everything continues to grow alongside user-oriented computing, with embedded technologies predicted to be the focus of digital business products and processes in industrial and operational contexts.
The expansion of the 3D printing market seems inevitable, with growth in industrial, biomedical and consumer applications helping companies reduce costs. With industry leaders aiming for a 3D printer in every home, advanced printing processes are improving the quality of this technology, with 2015 likely to see faster, lower-priced industrial machines and desktop machines with greater capabilities emerge.
Intelligent Drones – Robotics
With Parrot and DJI Phantom – the two leading drone companies in the market – anticipating combined sales of $1 billion in 2015, up from $180 million in 2013, the increase in civilian drone usage in sectors such as construction, film-making, farming and conservation has created an industry boom. As affordability increases, a burgeoning hobbyist sector is also reaping the benefits.
As consumers become increasingly reliant on smartphone technology, Apple, Google and Yahoo have all acquired “predictive intelligence” apps that will help consumers boost their daily efficiency, helping to get things without being explicitly asked to do so. This technology will be baked into consumers’ mobile phones from 2015, with Google already quietly bringing theirs out for Android, and integrated into predictive products from mobile apps to smart speakers.
iPhones running the latest version of iOS 7 have benefited from the implementation of Apple’s iBeacon, meaning that these phones can perform background scans for beacons, even when the relevant apps are closed. Although this doesn’t yet exist on Android, beacon technology is a developing trend in this year’s market.
With trends growing towards enterprise mobility, corporations are increasing their focus on security. Using unique human characteristics as a means of identity authentication – a fingerprint here, an iris scan there – eliminates the chances of identity theft and also benefits consumers through convenience. No more writing down dozens of passwords, just bat your eyes at a device and let your unique biometric signature do the rest!
Many of the Lenovo devices being featured at GITEX Shopper this year have Intel RealSense technology, enabling them to actually sense and respond to hand gestures and facial movements, allowing users to command their computer without even touching it.
“Lenovo devices coupled with Intel RealSense technology also provides the capability of scanning and printing in 3D, manipulating photos and video-chat in new and exciting ways, as well as interacting with the latest-generation video games,” said Mohammed Halilili, General Manager Lenovo Gulf.
There’re lots of Smart Home systems for automation of household but iPhone makes it smarter. Though this area of technology is rather rich in new inventions, it’s not easy and even impossible to robotize all the household equipment at home for those who are not skilled in programming and engineering. Apple HomeKit technology enables to make this process easily accessible and more clear to each person in the world and control connected devices at the same time. Interaction between smart accessories is achieved by means of creation of so called “ecosystem”. It should be completely compatible, consistent within its framework and easy in settings. Presentation of off-the-shelf technology is to be held just in a month.
So, how does iPhone help us to control a smart house?
1. A smartphone with the iOS 9 OS is a central core of controlling all the household devices from conditioner to washing machine;
2. Apart from communicator as a handling mechanism can act a WatchOS 2,0 (smart-watches Apple Watch or any other portable gadget based on this platform);
3. Ecosystem HomeKit should recognize voice commands as well as identifying the desires of users by means of a well-developed intelligent technology Apple Siri;
4. For collaboration of HomeKit with gadgets and accessories the latter should have Wi-Fi or Bluetooth (and have a matching adapter module);
5. A huge part of sensors, motor blinds, carbon dioxides detectors and other existing devises will be added by Apple to HomeKit on iOS 9;
6. Data exchange with household devices (settings, profiles and so on) will be held via buffer “cloud” zone in iCloud;
7. Smart Home with Apple HomeKit will appear always online and at the same time it should be secured from unapproved access by the progressive security system.
For now all the information mentioned above is preliminary. All the details on the shifty circuit named HomeKit will be revealed later. However on the whole seven above-said items provide a short glimpse on the general concept of American corporation’s idea. It’s obvious that in a long shot HomeKit developers are planning to bring out HomeKit-enabled products under the Apple label. It concerns not only smartphones, pads, laptops and set-top boxes but also different household devices, vehicles and even whole houses already equipped with high-tech gadgets. Nowadays Apple is going to make a first serious step towards creation of standardized house of “Smart Home” class.
It’s referred to two systems – autopilot working on highways and a complex of parallel parking. Driving on highways owners of electrically operated Model S sedan can allow them to shift a driving completely to vehicle electronics. Particularly, the autonomic software gives possibilities to control the location of a vehicle, to gather and throttle down a speed as well as to wheel. The system uses a combination of on-board cameras and different detectors as well as GPS –positioning system navigation receiver.
What concerns a complex of autonomous parallel parking, it’ll let a user to let the vehicle park itself in a suitable places along the road side.
Nowadays the autopilot device is being tested by a limited number of automobilists – by the owners of Model S sedan. Not only the systems operation is being examined but also an ease of user interface. Right after test completion of the system updating of a program software with a set of autopilot functions will be available for other owners of Tesla Motors electromobiles.
You can exercise with it and you can use it as a smartwatch alternative to all these freaky android and apple watches
TP-Link and Google collaborate to introduce OnHub – a new brand wireless router. According to the developers, OnHub is a new kind of router designed to make Wi-Fi faster, more secure, and easy to use.
OnHub WiFi Router powered by smart software which provide users with reliable wireless connection and has an innovative antenna design. Thirteen OnHub’s antennas are arranged in a unique circular pattern that reduce interference effect and optimize the settings of network connection.
The Google On App being packed with the device helps to fix the settings and Wi-Fi connection control. 4 GB of internal memory are enough for installation of all the safety updates and new features. Moreover OnHub is designed to support such smart devices as for example a smart house because it includes Bluetooth Smart, Weave and 802.15.4 router. OnHub gives Wi-Fi at a speed of up to 1900 Mbps by supporting both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies.
The Lenovo Vibe S1 which can be developed by the biggest smartphone manufacturers in China in the nearest future was sighted at China’s TENAA certification center.
Reportedly the main feature of the coming gimmick is its supposed two front-facing cameras. It will set this device apart from the others in the market since there’ve never been any of this kind before.
Another notable feature is the possibility of creation of special effects, for instance a refocusing on the shot taken. One of the two front cameras will support up to 8 megapixels resolution.
If to speak about the other specs of the smartphone it will run octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset. The handset will be powered by 64-but processor. Adreno 405 graphics processing unit runs with 2 GB RAM.
The smartphone will come with 5-inch Full HD with 1920*1080 resolution. It packs 13-megapixel rear-facing camera. 16GB of internal memory can be further expanded via microSD card slot. The handset will ship with Android 5.1 Operating system.
Following the results of the second quarter of 2015 Lenovo ranks No. 5 in the list of the world leading smartphones’ manufacturers while the leading companies are Samsung, Apple, Huawei and Xiaomi. Within three months Lenovo produced 16,2 million smartphones and occupied 4,8% of the market. Last year the company’s share was 5,2%.
Production of the last Nokia smartphone – Nokia Lumia 830 was discontinued. Microsoft Devices has stopped its supplies to the factory stores. These smartphones on the shop-windows should be replaced by Lumia 735, Lumia 640 XL or Windows version of HTC One M8 depending on the region.
Bears reminding that Lumia 830 was considered one of the best Windows smartphones so far. This coherent and interesting model powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor had 5 inches HD-Screen, 1 GB RAM and 10 MP camera.
Intel Corporation has announced its new flash product under the brand name Optane at IDF 2015 in San Francisco. IDF is an annual conference for developers held by Intel. The first forum took place in 1997. IDF 2015 is held from 18th till 20th August in San Francisco (the USA) and has attracted more than 5000 participants. The technology presented by Intel is up to 1000 times faster than NAND flash-memory.
Being developed in collaboration with Micron on the basis of 3D Xpoint’s memory, it represents something between NAND and DRAM (random access memory formats). Optane has a non-volatile memory as flash-memory which means it doesn’t need a power supply. The technology works much faster than flash-memory almost reaching the speed of RAM.
Moreover, the work speed of the prototype is 7 times faster than by the fastest SSD drive Intel P3700. The new technology is targeted different areas, for instance, it’s a big deal for PC gamers. So, game scenes will be loaded immediately but not in some time as it happens using disk storage.
Intel is launching its gimmick within a new line of high-speed solid-state drive Intel SSD not earlier than in 2016. At the same time the company is going to supply Optane-based RAM modules made for server usage.
The UAE’s Telecommunication Regulatory Authority has reiterated that the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) – including Skype – is prohibited in the UAE, reports Emarat Al Youm newspaper.
The regulatory authority said that VoIP is banned under the Federal Decree Law No. 3/2003 and only the two telecom operators, Etisalat and Du, are authorised to offer such services.
However, neither of the two companies have submitted requests with regard to offering VoIP services in the UAE so far.
The foreign companies who are interested in providing VoIP services here should coordinate with the two telecom services providers to offer the service to residents, TRA said.
Some Skype users have faced difficulties recently.
Residents told Emarat Al Youm that Skype stopped responding and they have been unable to make both voice and video calls for months.
The residents also said that other softwares such as Viber also had voice clarity issues.
The Emarat Al Youm report quotes subscribers as urging Etisalat and Du to reduce international call rates first before blocking VoIP softwares.