A Practical Guide to SharePoint 2013

A Practical Guide to SharePoint 2013
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Wednesday, May 3, 2023

How we are using Ambient Computing in our daily lives

We have been interacting with technology all our lives through a number of devices. Our relationship with technology is well depicted when we are lost and bent over the screens of our mobile phones. Many people have realized that it is harmful to waste and spend too much time on gadgets. They are now in search of a friction free way in which they can fulfill their computer or technology related tasks without clinging to the devices. This is where the concept of ambient computing comes in. 

What is Ambient Computing?

Ambient computing is the idea of integrating computer power in our daily lives in a way that technology becomes available to us in an invisibly useful manner. This tech trend is also referred to as "ubiquitous computing or "pervasive computing." This notion of embedding technology in a seamless way in our day to day activities has been implemented in real terms through the smart devices and sensors. Ambient computing has made interaction and communication easier and users’ experience more personalized through its natural user interface (i.e. physical gestures or the voice commands). 

Everyday Applications of Ambient Computing

There are a number of technologies and gadgets used in pervasive computing such as speech recognition, artificial intelligence, motion tracking, internet of things, wearables etc. These have added flexibility and adaptiveness to our routine. Many renowned companies are offering voice assistant services such as Alexa, Siri and Google Assistants which has elicited interest of people as it allows them to interact with machines in a humanly manner and without any hassle. If we talk about smart thermostats they have motion sensors in them, you can remotely control the temperature of your surroundings through smartphones, laptops, or tablets etc. It allows you to adjust the heating, cooling and ventilation system of your homes and also saves energy. Similarly, wearables have been very useful in the healthcare sector as a health monitoring tool. They can diagnose a disease, detect the blood sugar level of a patient and also offer them personalized care. However, privacy and security concerns are still there because ambient computing requires data collection and analysis.

On the whole, people have become well aware of the potential of ambient computing and they are also embracing its feature of continuous connectivity. Thus, it can be said that we are heading towards a frictionless economy at a very fast pace.


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