5th March 2012
Another breakfast briefing by Strategy Analytics discussed the connected everything. Your car will become a mobile WiFi hotspot. Using sensors and your mobile phone you'll be constantly hooked up to a virtual hospital monitoring every heartbeat. And - of course - everything in your home will be connected to everything else and they will all be connected to a smart meter which in turn will be connected to the national grid etc etc.
This theme was brought to life at the connected home stand in the show where operators, hardware OEMs, software and apps companies all came together to demonstrate the possibilities.
Although it does conjure up Orwellian visions (will there be any need for a street address or telephone number or email address or national insurance/social security numbers in the future? All that will be required is name & IP address...no hold on, no need for superfluous information such as names!), I for one am pretty excited about the opportunities this presents to change the way we do things not just for personal efficiency but even the way healthcare works at a national level. Just look at how banking has been revolutionised, does anyone miss using their lunch-break to go into a branch to conduct their personal financial business in person?
When it comes to advances in communication and entertainment, all this points to the need for extremely high quality audio voice experience (transmit & receive), audio record, audio multimedia playback and audio conference delivery: everywhere, anywhere, on any device.
Voice control is the interface of the future and regardless of what device you will be listening to content via - smartphone, tablet, TV, gaming console, ultrabook, PC, docking station or just smart standalone speakers - capture and playback quality can be fantastic no matter if you are 50cm or 5m away from the device.
At Wolfson we are serious about making this a reality by managing the entire signal chain with:
As I left the show on Wednesday evening, it was with a real injection of enthusiasm that technology can have a positive economic and social enhancing impact and that Wolfson is in the right market at the right time with the right product.
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