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Over the past 20 years, the world has seen the emergence of technologies and product categories that have significantly changed the way we live. These disruptive technologies range from cloud computing and lithium-ion batteries to 3D printing and container virtualization.
Mobile Internet, 4G/LTE
Mobile internet is something that we cannot do without in our daily life. Texting, googling something or visiting a casino site UK. 4G is the fourth generation of wireless mobile infrastructure used in most modern smartphones. The name LTE stands for Long Term Evolution, a standard for “wireless high-speed data transmission for mobile phones and other data-capable terminals (eg LANs)”.
These two technologies have helped the popularity of smartphones and other mobile devices. They have created an entirely new platform for computing, internet commerce, communication and more.
Before the advent of cloud computing, companies had their own networking equipment that needed to be maintained no matter how often it was used. If the servers were overloaded, they had no choice. Companies like Amazon Web Services offer an alternative approach called cloud computing.
Organizations can rent a server of suitable size and capacity at any time. A fee was charged for the use of the server. As soon as it stops working, the customer stops paying. With this innovation, companies of all sizes have access to cost-effective computing and storage services, and startups can take advantage of them at a lower cost.
Cloud computing has proven so revolutionary that even companies like Netflix are using Amazon Web Services servers. Individuals store data on remote Dropbox and Google Drive servers and can access it at any time.
The first touch screen was invented in 1965, but the technology didn’t become commercially widespread until the iPhone was released in 2007. Subsequent iPods, iPads and smartphones from other companies also used this technology. These days, touchscreens can be found almost anywhere engineers can put them: in self-service kiosks for museum tickets, in gaming machines, and for ordering tables at restaurants.
Of all the disruptive technologies, it is Wi-Fi that has gone from “non-existent” to “ubiquitous” the fastest. Broadband connections used by most Wi-Fi networks originated in the United States in 1985, and later the Wi-Fi Alliance organization was formed, which helped develop the technology. Although Wi-Fi technology was introduced in the 1990s, it did not gain popularity until the 2000s, when virtually every laptop or electronic device was equipped with Wi-Fi. At the same time, routers and wireless streaming began to evolve, and more devices supporting high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity appeared. Internet has become an integral part of our daily life thanks to Wi-Fi.
Virtual reality has long been dreamed of by fiction writers, but it is still a long way from being widely commercialized. However, the technology has evolved greatly in recent years.
The latest generation of smartphones are compatible with budget versions of VR devices such as Google Cardboard. Advanced gadgets like Samsung Gear, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift have made the virtual reality experience more vivid, be it watching live performances or playing games. Start-ups like Lucid VR offer devices for consumers to create VR content, such as handheld cameras for shooting in virtual reality.
Clearly, virtual reality is not yet a dominant field, but its applications are expanding. VR is not only used in entertainment but also in B2B services such as employee training, store planning and medicine (for rehabilitation and patient training).