Getting stuff from a grocery shop while returning home doesn’t seem to be a hard job, at least in theory. In reality, however, there’s a major hurdle that prevents us from completing this simple task – our memory. Such tasks are often forgotten amidst our busy lives, and most of us use notepads (paper/phone/tablet) or other such tools to prevent these tasks from leaking out of our volatile memory. Technology has now made it a lot easier and cooler to help you remember your grocery purchases are pending.
Though reminders based on proximity or time alarms are not new to the smart phone realm, recent updates like cross-platform synchronization have allowed users to exploit this feature to the maximum. Users of this technology can now create a reminder in their PC/Tablet device, and be reminded by their mobile device based on pre-defined trigger elements.
In this context, trigger elements are basically at what time or location a particular remainder has to be brought to user’s attention. For example, in the past, whenever my mother asked me get vegetables while returning home, inadvertently (due to some supernatural phenomena) I always ended up forgetting it! And got reprimanded for failing to accomplish a simple duty! Now with the help of a smart phone, I can remember to buy the vegetables while crossing the supermarket, saving me from the wrath of my mother and skyrocketing fuel price.
Major hurdles that hinder exploiting such avenues provided by the technologies in day-to-day life are privacy concerns and battery back-up. While privacy concerns can be reduced by letting users select the kind of data to be exchanged between devices or uploaded to the server, battery back-up is tough issue to deal with, as GPS usage rapidly drains life from the device.
Except for a few Smartphones till date, the rest have mostly been pushing higher pixel densities and larger screen sizes. Yet, most of them still remain dumb in terms of understanding their users. These smartphones are indeed capable of a rich web browsing experience, but it is functionalities such as the one explained above, that will enable these devices to adapt according to the users’ behavior and truly deserve the “smartphone” moniker. For more information on Tech Solutions, contact HCL Technologies now!