27 October 2011
As smart phones and tablet devices increasingly penetrate the UK and global markets, Warren East, Chief Executive Officer of ARM, the leading supplier of semiconductor IP, has predicted that smart technology will become so ingrained in our future lives that people will see it in a variety of everyday items. Anything from shaving mirrors you can check email in, to smart bandages that can help healthcare and be read through a tablet device.
Speaking at the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) recent Young Professionals’ Event in London, Mr East suggested that phones and tablets are just the beginning of the ‘smart’ revolution, as the technology begins to penetrate all aspects of our everyday lives over the next few years. However, he also identified a number of factors that both drive and inhibit this shift and innovation in general.
The key factors surrounding the development and proliferation of smart technology were cited by East as:
“Today handheld devices do a lot for many people, but the real manifestation of this smart technology will be when it’s embedded into everyday objects,” concluded East. “The drivers that I believe need to be in place to make this happen are innovation, increased levels of collaboration between businesses and technology companies, and overall greater energy-efficiency.”
Dr Mike Short, President of the IET said, “I expect smart technology will be integral to people’s everyday lives within the next ten years. It makes good sense for a smart dishwasher to come on at a time of day when electricity is cheap, and future smart meters will be able to control a wide variety of home appliances to reduce our carbon footprint.”
Warren East’s lecture can be viewed in full on the IET.tv website.