VanPoppelen’s Tech Insight: The move to mobile

Justin Vanpoppelen ’15

Online editor

Photo by Brian Crump ‘15

Photo by Brian Crump ‘15

 

While it seems like smart phones have been around for a long time, just think about this: the first iPhone came out only seven years ago. This being the first smart phone to become widely popular and starting the cell phone craze.
Since then, more and more of our technology has moved to a mobile platform. With apps available like Nest, an app to connect to a Nest Home Thermostat that can be installed in a house, users are able to control the temperature of their house from their phones!
Android and iOS phones both support wireless printing now, as well. This provides a way to print papers and other files from anywhere as long as a connection to a supported printer is available.
Some things other than just apps are bringing a whole new take on their old counterparts as well. An example of this would be smart watches. These gadgets aren’t exactly in the limelight just yet, though, and I’ll explain why. Smart watches are an update to the average analog/digital watch that some wear on their wrists everyday. They are an electronic version that are tied to our smart phones, at least for now.
Available now are a few Android Wear smart watches that tie in with an Android phone to deliver all of the phone’s notifications right to the user’s wrist!
Apple is also coming out with version of a watch in 2015 dubbed the Apple Watch. It will have a similar function to the Android Wear watches but with Apple’s own design and built to work with iPhones.
With all of these new developments, everyone can now own a universal remote, controlling many of the tasks we used to have to do separately but now located in one small little package we carry around with us everyday.