As companies slowly begin to open their doors and businesses try to find a semblance of normalcy after the widespread shutdowns both private and public, the world is entering a time of great uncertainty. There is much conversation surrounding what will become of restaurants and movie theaters and concerts, but there is less conversation that is surrounding what will become of certain tech products that may or may not be affected by this.
Today, we will take a look at some of those pieces of technology and analyze how the shutdown affected them and what the future may hold.
- Zoom: This is an obvious one. Zoom is everywhere, it has become as ubiquitous as a cell phone or any other device for communication. It may be a long time before things go back to normal, so Zoom conferences and working remotely may be here to stay.
- Front Facing Web Cameras: Most of our technology already has a front facing cam, especially cell phones, but it feels as though computers and laptops have not put much effort into this realm and now might be the time they start. Although iPhones have had great front facing cameras for a while, most Macbooks are not quite up to snuff. This is about to change as everyone turns to teleconferencing for the near future.
- WiFi Hotspots: Now that we have broken the seal on remote work, I don’t think we’ll ever go back to the office environment we went to before in the same way again. Why would we? We’ve proven it can be done remotely, and it’s more cost-effective for companies. WiFi Hotspots are going to become more and more common and more and more useful for companies that are offering their employees opportunities to work from anywhere (some companies specifically specialize on travel hotspots). Relying on their personal WiFi isn’t always an option, and WiFi Hotspots, especially with the coming advent of 5G internet will be a blessing.
- Quibi & Other Mobile Streaming Platforms: Quibi was supposed to be the next big thing in entertainment, a platform for short form content on the go. When the whole world isn’t on the go as much, and public transportation becomes a very dangerous environment that requires a lot of focus to stay safe, Quibi might just have to put off any success at least for a few years while the world heals and gets back to normal.
- Delivery Services: The future of shipping, for the time being, is certainly under question. Guaranteeing safety to the workers and the receivers is as difficult whether it’s Amazon packages or food deliveries. The future of delivery services will not only have to prove to be effective at handling the intensely increased volume of deliveries but also provide a legitimately fair deal to the restaurants and business using these services while also covering the costs of increased safety measures and hazard pay/attrition for the people involved in delivering. Maybe the real next step is drones, but then theft prevention becomes a bigger issue and privacy.
There is nothing that we truly know for sure about how this crisis will shape the future of theaters, and restaurants and other public establishments, but I am also curious to see how this will affect technology that is already in existence, and the new technology yet to come.