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Artificial Intelligence & Smart Home Appliances

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James Cameroon thought of the future when he made the film “Terminator” Then came the film, iRobot, where machines scored over humans. The films were huge success because the public thought in the opposite way of the super intelligence becoming a villain and harming human life. You can also find many novels in the internet which revolved around super robots and super humans. Now, the time has come where AI robots have replaced low level jobs in developing countries.

Yet, there is a difference. Machines are collaborating with humans to give a new dimension of technology to society. How else could you explain the popularity of Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things? To move further in to the article, we have to understand both the titles. AI and IoT. We will deal with IoT in the next article. AI is a new technology that makes use of deep learning technologies and machine learning algorithms to better detect patterns and devise methodologies to solve the new problem.

Just look around you. AI is fast invading the market. You have definitely used Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant to make your life better. Companies are making use of AI to design the next version of their business models. And the biggest gainers are the customers. Now, AI and Internet of Things have even become a part of the electronic appliances in your home. You do not even have to get up from the bed to adjust the blinds in your bedroom (if you had installed special equipment and can control it via the app in your mobile).

If you take a close look at the developed countries, then home automation is already followed in US, Japan and Germany. By 2020, this market will touch more than 40 billion US dollars. Now, even investors are showing interest in this new sector.

Smart Homes and Smart Appliances

In five years, by approximately 2023, many real estate builders in cities such as Bangalore will build apartments and homes suitable for smart appliances. Yes, in India and other Asian countries, slowly the technology is gaining ground. As of 2018, the move is considered too luxurious with only the elite opting for smart homes. But, yes, the technology is here to stay.

We have dealt with homes, but let us look into the appliances. The smart home appliance industry is growing by leaps and bounds. Even today, in India, there are several smart appliances which have entered the market to make human life better. How else could you explain the smart fridges, air conditioners and lighting? Now, even smart toilets have entered the market. In all, a sweet type of co-ordination has happened between appliances and humans.

But one factor remains common. An internet connection and your knowledge of how to handle the appliance. If you know how to handle Amazon Echo, then it is possible to control many of the appliances in your home even on remote locations. You also have the Alexa, a smart home assistant, where you can control lighting systems around the house. So what does this particular technology convey? It is that speech recognition and response to human speech has improved to a great extent.

When technology has improved to a great extent, can the resolve to save Mother Nature be far behind? These smart appliances are designed in such a way to save energy. So now you have these sensor lights in an office which automatically switch on when a human enters the office. It also gets switched off, when there is no human activity in the office. In the future, we can also have the same sensors in our home.

After all, when WiFi entered the market, not many deciphered to have the same technology in homes. Now, in many Indian homes, having a WiFi has become common. In urban cities such as Bangalore, persons who run bachelor and spinster PGs, advertise free WiFi as an additional benefit to attract clients.

Smart air conditioners have become a common appliance in many international offices. This model can easily adjust the temperature as per the required conditions. Then, you have the microwave oven, which you can set to cook a recipe at particular temperature. Any variation, it will inform you with an alert message.

In the smart washing machine, you can program to receive an alert after the wash activity gets over. You can also receive vital information regarding the amount of detergent for a wash and many more. If you have installed a CCTV at home, it is possible to view guest activity and in-home events of your old parents and children.

Advancement in the home industry has moved at an alarming pace. The result is an entire set of new products which were considered as just mere fantasy a few decades ago. The Indian consumers have given a grand reception to these products. So, the main reason for this enthusiastic welcome is that the urbanite Indian wants to save time. He/she wants to transfer some of their duties to an appliance. And mind you, the appliances give the perfect result. They seldom do any errors, and their remarks are always accurate.

You have to give a hearty salute to the brand companies which have manufactured these appliances. The technology is a recent one, but they have designed the models in such a way, that even a common layman can handle the appliance easily. This aspect is the reason behind the huge sales of smart appliances.

When you have smart appliances, can the start-up industry be far behind? In India, every urban Indian city has become host to a new set of companies which provide top quality doorstep repair services to customers. Let us imagine you are in Bangalore and want your official laptop to get maintenance service in a short span of time. You do not have to depend on referrals or on established listing websites.

All you have to do is to search online for the best doorstep home maintenance company in Bangalore and download their app. You can hire the technician skilled in laptop repair in Bangalore by this method. It saves time, money and the rates are also affordable.

Conclusion

Yes, smart home appliances come at a price more than the normal models in the market. But kindly note, that it is a one-time investment. And they are more energy-efficient than their normal counterparts. They can help you save money and time by reducing your home’s intake of electricity bills.

The future looks bright for this industry. These appliances in the not so far future, but by a mere five years can become more affordable for the normal Indian population. Let us hope for the best.

AI in Automobile Industry: A Vision of 2019 and Beyond

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Before few years, no one has imagined that there would be driverless cars.Or, a car would sense medical emergencies and route it to the nearby hospital. But, now it is all possible.Big credits for this, goes to Artificial Intelligence.

From autonomous vehicles to advance driver assistance system, the automobile industry has witnessed so much since the inception of AI. Definitely, the journey is much more than this.

If you are still thinking to invest in AI technology for your automobile business then you are already late. The automotive AI market has already generated a revenue of 782 million in 2017 and it is expected to surpass 10,572 million by 2025.

The growth rate for the period is expected to be 38%, which is really very impressive and certainly elaborates the future possibilities of the technology into the industry.

Tesla Inc. (US), Volvo Car Corporation (Sweden), BMW AG (Germany), Audi AG (Germany), General Motors Company (US), Ford Motor Company (US), Qualcomm Inc. (US), Toyota Motor Corporation (Japan), Hyundai Motor Corporation (South Korea), Uber Technologies Inc. (US)  are the names that have already adopted the technology.

When we say a vision of 2019 and beyond; North America would rise as a leader in the industry by 2023 (a report by Market Watch). Possible reasons for this could be the presence of major automobile manufacturer in the region and the easy availability of sophisticated technology to develop the program.

5 Ways AI is Revolutionizing the Automobile Industry

Artificial Intelligence Automobile Industry

#1 AI Driving Features

There are two different levels of functionality when it comes to AI in driving features: one is assisting the driver and another one is fully autonomous mode. To the connected vehicle it provides advance safety features.

AI continuously monitors the sensors installed in the vehicle and hence can identify any emergency situation. In a situation like this, it can alert the driver or can also take the control of vehicle to reach at a safer point. There are various features in this like blind spot monitoring, cross-traffic detention, driver assist steering, emergency brakes, etc.

In driverless cars AI crunches data from various sources like vehicle radar, high-resolution camera, GPS, cloud services, etc. And, hence handles the steering, braking, and acceleration or the vehicle accordingly. Google’s Waymo is the one of the very famous AI for driverless cars.

#2 AI Cloud Services 

This also works in two ways for the automobiles. One in the predictive maintenance of the vehicle and second one in the individualized marketing of the product.

The AI enabled vehicle not only can perform simple tasks like checking engine lights and oil lights but it can also monitor the hundreds of sensors which are attached in the vehicle and hence can easily spot even a minute change which may indicate a component failure much before a human can notice it.

AI also aids in product marketing and makes it much easy process. For instance, it is very tough for the companies to target only the prospective customers through the tons of data and e-mails which are available to them.

AI intelligently filters the data and suggests the quality prospects on which further promotional actions can be taken. Other than this, it can intelligently sense the need of driver through the connected device and stored cloud data, and can suggest the required actions. For instance, if a vehicle is running out of fuel then the AI can suggest nearest fuel station.

#3 AI Automotive Insurance

Now this is a place where AI works very intelligently. It helps in getting the automobile insurance claims easily. For instance, if a vehicle met with an accident AI quickly informs the driver to get the vehicle repaired.

Along with this, it also informs the driver about what all things would be covered in the insurance. Apart from this, the on-screen instruction guides the user on ‘how to make video for an insurance claim’.

#4 AI in Vehicle Manufacturing

AI in vehicle manufacturing has helped the business in many ways like:

  • More productive employees when collaborating with the robots at the manufacturing plants.
  • Fewer quality issues as the complete process is analysed with AI
  • AI helps in smarter project management
  • In every tested vehicle there would be less Equipment Failure
  • By refining the data through AI the automobile brands can get improved business support functions

#5 AI in Driver Monitoring

The AI enabled vehicle can do a deep driver monitoring through the sensors and cameras which are placed in the vehicle. AI can intelligently observe the head position, eye-openness and eye gaze. If it finds that the driver is distracted, it can immediately alert the driver to keep eyes on the road.

Along with this, by using the advanced faced recognition algorithms the driver can detect which driver is operating the vehicle. As different users have different preferences of seat, mirrors, temperature, AI can hence adjust it accordingly.

Use Case of AI in Automobile

Mercedes Benz

One of the world’s most popular automobile brand Mercedes Benz has adopted the technology of Artificial Intelligence and digital vehicle. Mobile devices and car would work in harmony using the technology. Based on the habits of the driver, the car can perform accordingly.

For instance, it can help the driver in selecting the favourite music.It can also help in navigation to the favourite locations. The car AI can also recognize the driver and can manage his preferences in vehicle temperature, mirrors, and seat accordingly.

Final Takeaways

AI is not helping automobile industry in one way but there are ‘n’ number of ways in which it is assisting in making the industry better both for the manufactures and customers. Whether it is assisting drivers on road or helping through the robots at manufacturing plants, AI has turned the level up for the entire industry and we could clearly sense a great future of AI in the coming years with this.

Let us see how the Android app development services companies would further benefit the industry with this cutting edge technology that can be connected to vehicle through the mobile apps. And, can hence assist the drivers in enormous ways.

Image Credit: futurism.com & techjockey.com

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Top Technology Trends To Follow In 2018

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Technology is changing the way businesses conduct their daily operations. It is due to these latest technology evolutions that businesses are moving at a faster pace and are acquiring a competitive edge. As we all know, 2017 witnessed a rise in some amazing technologies such as Block-chain, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

In 2018, there is a lot more in store for businesses looking for a chance to become game changers in their industry. We thought it was time to discuss the top technology trends that are set to dominate the business world this year.

Trend 1: Adoption of Digital Twins across Industries

Digital twin is nothing but a digital replica of a physical asset. The virtual replica developed is integrated with a physical asset so as to have a flawless exchange of information and analytics. Since the internet is used in almost every business activity, digital twins are bound to reach new heights in the business world. Looking forward to 2018, more businesses are said to converge the physical and virtual world in the entire product lifecycle.

In the product lifecycle, the virtual counterpart will help forecast the health of the equipment, downtime and in return help in reducing its costs. In 2018, a lot of industries will be implementing this technology. Short term benefit of implementing digital twins is that it helps in asset management. The long term benefits include operational efficiency which eventually improves your customer experience.

Trend 2: Rise in Artificial Intelligence Based Decision Making

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been evolving for quite some time now. According to Statista, the market for robo advisors will be worth $255 billion by the year 2020 and AI analytics will also be worth $70 billion. Over 70 per cent of the technology teams across the UK will be using AI in one or more business applications or services in 2018. Additionally, technology experts also believe that AI will be implemented by many industries in their managed IT services for enhancing their decision making process.

E-commerce companies on the other hand can use AI for providing personalised pricing based on their customers’ past purchases and online behaviour. We already know about financial companies using AI and robo advisory for portfolio management. Hence, this technology is bound to grow this year. Additionally, experts have also predicted the increased use of AI powered chat-bots which would help customers make a faster and a better decision. In the near future, experts predict that all products, services and business activities will be self-improvising.

Trend 3: Mixed Reality for Improvising Digital Experience

As we all know, Snapchat spectacles and Google Glass were widely popular a year back. This made businesses realise the importance of an immersive experience. Due to this, many companies are now offering their customers mixed reality. Mixed reality is a combination of physical and virtual worlds. Recently, Microsoft launched a new mixed reality headset which can stream VR games, run universal applications and do so much more. Several other companies are working to achieve the same and so much more at some point.

Trend 4: Blockchain usage will not just limit to BFSI

Blockchain has continued to be one of the most wanted digital technologies in recent times. In 2016 and 2017, a lot of financial industries and banks implemented Blockchain technology. Moreover, other industrial sectors are looking to implement the Blockchain technology in 2018. Blockchain is beneficial for tracking data exchanged between autonomous vehicles in the automotive industry. Also, it is said to be extremely helpful in improving the health care records in the healthcare sector.

Blockchain technology can also be used by the educational sector to secure data of students. Recently, Sony Global Education partnered up with IBM to build a new educational platform that uses Blockchain to secure and share the records of the students. Also, Oaken Innovations exhibited the concept of Blockchain enabled tollbooth. This allows Tesla cars to automatically pay on the toll booths. Here, both the car and the tollbooth have ethereum nodes that trigger a M2M transaction.

On the other hand, Renault is working on its first digitalised car maintenance program, which uses Blockchain technology to log all car repair jobs at a single place. Furthermore, Toyota along with MIT Labs is researching Blockchain technology at full throttle. Businesses that use public cloud for the storage of their data are usually vulnerable to cyber attacks because of centralised storage systems. But once businesses start implementing Blockchain, it will help in decentralising storage and making data more secure.

Blockchain is also leveraged by IMF and several other government departments worldwide. Dubai has been the leading country in implementing Blockchain technology and is expected to be the world’s first Blockchain powered government by the year 2020.

Trend 5: Edge Computing

Globally, companies have already started to adopt edge computing. However, this technology is set to boom in 2018. Edge computing places the data and services away from centralised points and puts them on the logical extremes of a network. However, edge computing does not replace cloud computing. It enhances cloud and makes it smarter with analytics that edge devices capture. The main purpose of businesses that invest in the development of IoT applications is to follow an on-device approach to compututing and analytics.

When there are devices that perform computing tasks, the load and dependence on the Cloud is lowered. It also reduces latency for mission critical applications. Another benefit of edge computing is security. With edge devices storing the sensitive information, vulnerability is reduced manifold.

Businesses functioning globally are always in a hurry to launch technology led products in the market. Technology trends such as Cloud, Big Data, Analytics, Blockchain, AR and AI are changing the way businesses function and are helping to build products faster.

Last year witnessed several product innovations across various industrial platforms such as healthcare, retail, finance, education, entertainment, manufacturing, to name just a few. Most of the technologies developed in 2017 are expected to dominate the business world in 2018.

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