From embedding artificial intelligence in devices to spatial computing, these technological advances will play a key role in the development of technology in 2024 and beyond…
2023 was the year of many things – Artificial Intelligence (AI) took over the world causing big changes in small and large businesses, a key player emerged in the mixed reality market in the form of arguably the most influential tech company in the world, smartphones appeared in all sorts of shapes and sizes and more and more.
Over the past 12 months, this relentless pursuit of technological innovation has led to several breakthroughs in the way we perceive, communicate, and interact with the hardware and software around us. Five of them, listed below, will be deeply ingrained in the minds of developers, engineers, designers, and investors in 2024 as companies race to create the next best thing.
1. Artificial intelligence in devices
From smartphones to PCs to electric vehicles, companies like Google, Samsung, and Qualcomm — the latter of which makes chipsets for some of today’s most capable gadgets like the Meta Quest 3 — have already proposed the future implementation of AI in the devices themselves. This will enable users to generate images through text, perform real-time translations, and access helpful AI assistants without needing an internet connection or a cloud server.
Running AI apps locally provides four main benefits:
All information, including personal, financial, and medical information will be stored and processed on the device, not externally.
Data about users’ location, preferences, and activity can be used to create more personalized AI assistants.
There will be a noticeable drop in latency and request processing time.
The demise of cloud computing will significantly reduce data center energy consumption, which is better for environmental sustainability.
2. Artificial intelligence to help professionals
Apart from that, AI has expanded the toolbox for creating professional content, from coding to photo and video editing. Several companies, including Canva, Apple, and Adobe, have implemented AI tools into their programs that aim to empower, not displace, artists, videographers, designers, and more.
3. Wireless TVs
One of the big questions with wireless TVs is how latency affects the viewing experience, especially when near-instant responses to input are vital to gamers, a demographic that manufacturers are increasingly catering to. How accurate can the sound from the built-in speakers sound when there is no longer a cable connection? These are things we can’t wait to check out as more options roll out next year.
However, the prices of wireless TVs are certainly not intended for the mass consumer; The Displace TV costs $4,499 and the LG OLED M will set you back over $35,000, but if you want the closest look at a future without cables hanging from the walls, this might be the best place to start.
What do these things have in common: sprinkling salt with your fingers, writing with a pencil, opening a door with a key, and navigating Apple’s $3,500 Vision Pro VR glasses?
Shaking is one of the most common (and basic) hand gestures – we use it so often that it’s become a meaningless action. This makes it the most natural replacement for a mouse, trackpad, and any other capacitive touchscreen, as demonstrated on the Apple Watch, Apple Vision Pro, Meta Quest 3, and Humane’s AI Pin.
5. Windows Copilot
Microsoft’s big push for Copilot was evident when the company spent most of its September event discussing the ways its AI assistant will revolutionize creating, browsing, and interacting with a Windows PC. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently announced the rebranding of Bing Chat to Copilot.
The vision was clear: with one click from the taskbar, more than half a billion Windows 11 users could access the company’s assistant, powered by Bing Chat for creative support in Microsoft 365 products, shopping tips in Edge, meeting summaries in Teams, and many more. No third-party app or extension is required to use Copilot, positioning it as one of the most accessible and natural ways for users to access artificial intelligence.
At a basic level, Copilot in Windows 11 could save users dozens of clicks every day, now that the AI assistant can help navigate those complex paths for determining location, adjusting display resolutions, setting timers for dark topics, and performing other mundane tasks.
AI has expanded the toolbox for creating professional content
In all five cases, pinching is the new “click,” allowing users to select, drag, and expand windows and interfaces without having to physically interact with the actual hardware. The difference is in the way of squeezing.
The Apple Watch uses the sensors on its wrist to track changes in blood flow specific to the index finger and thumb, while the Vision Pro uses a new R1 chip and sensors to visually map the skeletal data of your hands. Humane does something similar with depth and motion sensors built into the device to track swipes, presses, and other gestures.
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