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The Miniscule Powerhouse

While several new age products have disrupted the daily lives of individuals, there are some which are at the forefront of this transformation. And, at the core of these revolutionary gadgets lies the ubiquitous chipset, the minuscule powerhouse which supercharges the entire device.

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The year gone has propelled the already existing momentum around devices powered by the latest technologies like 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR) and edge computing. Today, smartphones and digital tools influence virtually every aspect of living, so those who lag in adopting these technologies will be pushed back by centuries. While several new age products have disrupted the daily lives of individuals, there are some which are at the forefront of this transformation. And, at the core of these revolutionary gadgets lies the ubiquitous chipset, the minuscule powerhouse which supercharges the entire device.

Smarter smartphones: Smartphones have come a long way, with exciting new features being added on a day-to-day basis. With top technologies to power them, today’s smartphones don’t compromise on anything – be it computing power, resolution, security, performance, experience, battery life or gaming features. The time is not far when smartphones emerge as the all-in-one gadget.

Smart speakers: From being just a playback device, speakers have evolved to become personal assistants, capable of deciphering human languages, and even managing several tasks at home and office. Smart speakers can be a guide to provide traffic directions or weather updates, or a dictionary in need, and even a guard to manage your home’s security and controls.

Smart TVs: With live streaming of movies, sports and stage shows, entertainment is brought to living rooms with more convenience and visual enhancements. TVs today offer resolutions up to 8K and smart TVs with AI enhancements are emerging as a vital component in smart homes, with the ability to respond to voice commands, act as surveillance cameras, play interactive games, and more.

Health & fitness devices: As people become more health-conscious, it is natural that they seek the help of technology to manage their health and well being. Devices like heart rate monitors, smart treadmills, smartwatches, sleep monitors and the likes have emerged as the answers to the quest for technology-enhanced lifestyle improvements.

Laptops/ PCs: Laptops or tablets were regarded as a luxury for students until recently. The pandemic has brought an abrupt shift in that trend. Though it was a hard task for many students, online learning has become a norm and is sure to stay post-pandemic as well. Thus, these will dominate the higher education gadget segment in the days to come.

Smart vehicles: Smart vehicles will see the integration of an array of technologies like Wi-Fi, GPS, AI and IoT to enhance driving and ensure safe and pleasant journeys. Popular devices that can be integrated into vehicles include smart chargers, music players, diagnostic adapters, safety monitors, etc. As autonomous vehicles gain popularity in India, smart vehicle technologies will evolve quickly to meet these requirements.

Smart home appliances: The age of 5G will also be the age of intelligent home appliances like refrigerators, washing machines, ovens and cleaners with intelligent controls and voice recognition capabilities. As the device ecosystem expands, gadgets designed for special applications will also evolve to cater to next-gen users.

While there is no dearth of technology, one challenge faced by companies and individuals is the digital divide. Adoption is still limited due to the prevalence of costly and inaccessible devices. However, with global organisations now focusing on democratising technology, and taking definitive steps to create gadgets across budget categories, the future is bright for technology adoption and adaptation.

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Anku Jain

MD, MediaTek India

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