6 time-saving technologies about to change your life forever

Time is our most precious commodity – and it seems there’s never enough of it. But this could be about to change, with a new wave of technology which will revolutionize the way we live and work forever.

1. The Internet of Things

Your phone beeps. It’s your fridge, informing you you’re out of coffee. After syncing with today’s calendar your fridge has realised your parents are coming round later – and they’re both coffee drinkers. The Internet of Things is an invisible network connecting the physical things around you. Smart sensors in the devices in your home, your car at school and your workspace will co-ordinate with each other to help streamline your life.

This technology is already here, but only around 1% of devices have a connective capability. However, it’s thought by 2022 around 50 billion objects will be connected, making day-to-day lives that little bit easier and saving us valuable hours.

2. The Laundroid

For as long as the idea’s been around, domestic robots have intrigued us. Having someone (or something) to take over the most menial of chores saving valuable hours has huge appeal. Robot technology is moving quickly and it won’t be long before mechanical domestic helpers – like the floor-cleaning Roomba device – are found in every home.

Enter the Laundroid, the world’s first laundry folding robot. Developed by Japanese company Seven Dreamers, the Laundroid will be available for purchase later this year, taking over a task that apparently takes up a whopping 375 days of our lives. The sleek tower is fitted with scanners that analyse your laundry to decide exactly how to tackle each item. In its current incarnation, the Laundroid can fold a shirt in four minutes, which isn’t exactly fast, but hey – as long as you don’t have to do it yourself.

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Amazing Machine Intelligence, but what about the Humans?

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If you are interested in machine intelligence, you are indeed living in exciting times. The first wave’s recent success stories are widespread knowledge now, such as IBM’s Watson, Google’s self-driving car, and Apple’s Siri.  The next wave looks likely to be more focused applications solving specific issues.

Business interest in machine intelligence continues to pick up as the practical applications become more evident (and achievable).  Many technologies are becoming mainstream, such as ‘Big Data’ tools and Google’s TensorFlow open source machine learning platform.  Some commentators on TensorFlow feel this shows that we are “at the end of the beginning“.

So far, many of the innovations have been experimental, but we are now starting to see the companies behind them mature in how they bring them to market.

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