5 Takeaways from Industry Experts on “The Internet of Things”
This week Clay AIR collaborated with The Future Party to curate a Clubhouse talk on “The Internet of Things”- a network of connected devices and people, all of which collect and share data about the way they are used and the environment around them.
Experts were invited from the fields of 5G, Edge Computing, Consumer and Enterprise Augmented Reality, Entertainment, Marketing, XR, Education, and Cyber Security.
Here are 5 takeaways from the conversation. If you’d like to participate or listen in to our next Clubhouse talk, we’d love to hear from you.
(1) Form Factors of the Spatial Web: What will it Look Like?
The spatial web is Web 3.0, a computing environment that overlays digital content on the real world. This is what we call Augmented Reality. Today we experience AR primarily through mobile devices and tablets, but this is about to change.
WebAR, app-free AR that is easily accessible through a URL, is democratizing the medium for consumer use. With the onset of 5G, we’ll start to move away from screens to lightweight everyday AR glasses. This new hardware will connect users to the IoT, with increasingly AI driven and autonomous processes.
Enterprise focused AR devices such as the Microsoft HoloLens and Lenovo ThinkReality A6 are beginning to reach maturity, while consumer AR glasses have yet to make an impact at scale.
In the future, IoT will offer contextual information and entertainment based on geographic location, and biometrics.
(2) 5G and Edge Computing
5G and edge computing will drive high speed internet and local data transmission, building a foundation for the IoT.
In cases such as health, safety, and transportation, seconds of latency can be fatal. 5G and edge computing will realize hyper-connected systems that can save lives, automate repetitive labor and menial tasks such as driving, and bring our cities into a new era of smart design.
(3) Autonomous Ecosystems
Cars with smart systems were the core focus of conversation. IoT will power smart autonomous vehicles, provide passengers with bespoke and contextualised entertainment, information and experiences.
Autonomous vehicles will at first appear in designated city pockets with controlled environments. Traffic lights will no longer be needed as traffic control systems and optimization are automatically processed through autocars.
The first steps towards the future of transportation will be simplified multimodal user interfaces with voice and gesture controls for smart displays such as swiping, pinching to zoom in on a map, and controlling the vehicle from outside with voice and gestures, as a few examples.
Driver monitoring systems will also track the eyes and face of a passenger to provide safety alerts, and adjust the comfort settings of a vehicle based on each person’s physical characteristics and personal preferences.
(4) Navigating the World
IoT means we are moving towards a Zero-UI (zero user-interface) where micro interactions through hand gestures and voice will become a key part of product design.
We will start to look at our device’s displays less, and interact more through voice and gesture controls. Screens and personal devices will become less distracting and easier to use with far more intuitive interfaces
Multimodal interactivity will be a primary solution to allow for a diverse user base, prioritizing inclusive design for persons with physical and auditory disabilities.
(5) Data and Privacy: Building User Trust
As consumers are increasingly aware of privacy issues and data security, companies need to actively develop user trust through transparency, policy and leadership.
IoT calls for far greater security than we have today. We are at a critical point where the balance is in flux, with apps designed first to increase usage, and second, for security.
The ultimate goal is to improve the lives of everyday people through IoT with smart devices. It means our primary challenge today is to deliver on this promise to develop, implement and enforce privacy and security protocols that will put users first.
Data not only plays a role in security but also in diversity and ethics. Using diverse data inputs for machine learning algorithms will ensure a fair and unbiased future where technology is equally accessible to all.
Thanks to the Future Party team, Paul Yurich and Gregg Katano (HoloGate), Pam Allison (Verizon), Sturgis Adam (Seek), Jake Sally (Jadu AR), Terry Schussler (Deutsche Telekom), Pat Johnson (Rock Paper Reality), Lauren Xandra (National Research Group), Julie Smithson (MetaVRse), Shiva Mohseni (T Systems) for this rich conversation!