Remember the predictions that Tom Cruise’s 2003 film Minority Report made? No, not about future criminals, but about the technology of the 2010’s? Gesture based user interfaces were used frequently; video conferencing was shown. The ability to group and compare data was also displayed.
This tech was thought to be the future, and in 2003, it was. Gaming devices like the Xbox Kinect and Playstation VR showed the virtual reality and gesture based user interfaces are the ‘now’ of technology in the past few years. Skype have been video-conferencing for the past twelve years. Tech is pretty far ahead and it’s time for you to take advantage. In actual fact, many technological developments could save you not only time, but money.
Take the cloud for example. The cloud is an umbrella term for the countless beams of information passing over our heads via wireless networks. The cloud has some uses and chief among them is the storage solutions it can offer to your business.
Computer uses of the 20th century relied on disk based storage whether it was a CD-ROM or a floppy disk. Even in the early 21st century, physical storage solutions still existed to compliment the CD-ROM, such as USB storage and external hard-drives. Now, there’s no inherent downside to backing up your business data physically, but the cloud can offer a high-tech solution for low cost. Google Drive is a way to remotely store your business files and it’s free up to 15GB, even then, it’s only a small investment for up to 2TB of storage per year. Not only can you store the data remotely, you and your employees, or clients, but can also collaborate on the uploaded files from anywhere in the world. It’s a real positive solution and can bring a bit of the future into your business, not only that – but storing your files off site is going to free up space on your workplace computers, meaning that they won’t be slowed down under the weight of all your work files.
Robots are one thing that are constantly associated with the future – from the Cybermen of Doctor Who right through to Asimov designs of I, Robot. Thoughts of robotic technology usually connote and bring thoughts of the future. In actual fact, there exist many robotic solutions to businesses. Collaborative robots are a high-spec solution to businesses and can be produced bespoke for your needs. This isn’t something to turn away from as the costs saved by robotic tech and robotic assistance means the robot can pay for itself in the long term. Weird and wonderful solutions exist everywhere.
The 21st century provides many solutions for the problems that small business ownership brings to the table and the fact is, solutions will continue to be created. There is no end to the solutions that technology will bring, just make sure your riding this wave, not being left behind by it and the surging developments that the future holds.