By: Hani W.Naguib
Six months ago, 2020 began. And what a year! The past six months were full of life-altering events, perhaps for the whole world population. The most significant event of them all is the COVID-19 worldwide spread. How much did it impact us?
Perhaps some examples can give us a hint:
Singapore deploys a robot dog in a park to encourage people to keep social distancing. Boston Dynamics developed the robot dog.
In Japan, graduating students receive their graduating diplomas using avatar robots controlled from the comfort of their homes.
In China, robots are also deployed in hospitals to help doctors and staff stay safe.
In Dubai, the first Robot police started its first shift last month, patrolling the streets, helping people report crimes, paying fines, and getting information by tapping a touchscreen on its chest.
In China, fast food chains like KFC are using drones to deliver food orders to customers at home.
In many African countries, NGOs are using drones to deliver meds into hard to reach places.
In Dubai, the administration is using drones to spray disinfecting liquids on buildings and streets.
In China, the state is using drones to monitor the temperature of citizens in lockdown at their own homes.
In Russia, the police department is deploying drones to monitor security on the streets and to ensure lockdown.
AR/THERMAL IMAGING TECH:
In London, doctors are Microsoft AR Goggles to Reduce Virus Exposure.
In China, security staff and police forces are using Rokid’s T1 glasses to monitor temperatures using thermal imaging cameras.
These are, but a few examples rushed out from the labs and deployed into the field to give humankind a fighting chance against the spread of COVID-19.
With the increase of COVID-19 challenge, I expect that our dependency on new tech as tools of survival will also grow. If the problem persists, most of these technologies will be adopted quickly and swiftly, causing even more notable disruption in the way we do the simplest of things.
Life, as we know it, has changed; however, the more significant the change, the more dependency on tech is to be expected.
In the coming five years, robotics, drone tech, and augmented reality will be on top of every investor, accelerator, big tech company, and even government. Why? Because COVID-19 is making the adoption of these technologies much more comfortable and, by default, less expensive.
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