When it comes to manufacturing consumer gadgets, companies need to get with the times. A huge part of this agenda is adopting the latest technologies, switching the old with the new. These days, technology is the driving force behind consumer behaviour, and this is easy to tell with the way devices like smartphones have become ubiquitous.
It is only the savvy manufacturers that are taking advantage of the latest technological trends to stay ahead of the competition. Keep on reading as we discuss the best three technologies for consumer gadgets of the future.
1. Brushless Motors
As far as we know, brushless motors have taken off due to the demand from consumers to be supplied with electronics that are reliable while also being energy-efficient. With brushed motors, this was a problem since the brushes were the cause of unwanted wear and tear, and they also caused a lot of friction that led to energy loss due to heat dissipation.
Brushless motors fixed that by removing the brushes and included some sort control circuitry that used sensors for electronic communication. But with the sensors came some design complexity issues, making then harder and more costly to produce than their brushed counterparts.
Luckily, this design issue has been resolved in 2018 with the introduction of sensorless brushless motors that use EMF for communication. This new brushless motor technology has eliminated part of the problem in regards to manufacturing these motors. Because of technologies like these, analysts at Technavio have estimated a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13% for brushless motors between 2018 and 2022.
IoT is a technology that tries to answer the question: what if our devices knew everything? They could do alot to improve our quality of life and help us save time and money by making everything efficient. There would be little to no unnecessary wastage since the devices would control and monitor everything – they would even tell us what needs fixing and replacing.
We are truly living in the age of IoT and there are some interesting trends to look out for in 2018 and beyond. For one, smart homes are becoming increasingly popular with the way they automate comfort while also increasing home safety and security. There will also be a CAGR of 26.2% for the Internet of Medical Things by 2021 as we see the technology being increasingly adopted in the health sector. And with a large amount of consumer data being transmitted by IoT devices every minute of every second, we will see a convergence between IoT and Big Data.
3. USB Type-C
When it comes to charging and transferring data, USB-C is taking the lead. In fact, researchers at IHS Markit have estimated that five million devices will have at least one USB-C connector by 2021. A majority of electronic devices that will have these connectors include smartphones, tablets, laptops, external hard drives and docking stations.
If you doubt the seriousness of the USB-C, just look at the new iPad Pro. Apple has its own proprietary connector called Lightning, and you will find it in a number of their products, such as iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, Adapters and various accessories. For Apple to foregore a Lightning port in favour of the USB-C is a true testament to the benefits this technology provides.
So there you have it; the best three technologies for consumer gadgets of the future. When it comes to adopting new technology, many companies do it at a sedate pace. However, technology advances rapidly, and those who do not adopt it at the most opportune time get left behind by their competitors and risk disappointing their current customers.