Gadgets Galore

With the start of a new decade what will be the latest technology and innovation to take the gadget market by storm? Writes Chris Shaw

Internet of Things ‘IoT’
IoT is simply the network of interconnected things/devices which are embedded with sensors, software, network connectivity and necessary electronics that enables them to collect and exchange data making them responsive.

More of our home devices now encompass this technology and 2020 will see even more new devices released in order to make using technology much simpler and interactive.

On-line streaming services
Do you remember a world before streaming services? When you had to watch TV at a certain time? With commercials? It feels like a distant memory now.

There’s never been so much choice when it comes to streaming services, which is great for viewers in some respect, but it can be overwhelming and expensive to make the right decision.

You’ve got the market leader, Netflix, which has become the default streaming service for many. There’s also the Amazon Prime Video service that comes as part of an Amazon Prime subscription, HBO Now for shows like Game of Thrones or Westworld, and the likes of Hulu, YouTube TV and Sling for getting live TV without the hefty monthly bills.

More recently, Disney has entered the fray with Disney Plus, which hosts shows and movies from Star Wars, Marvel and more. Apple has also thrown its hat into the ring with Apple TV Plus, which may not be able to compete with the rest when it comes to back catalogue, but has ambitious plans for fresh new programming.

In 2020, at least two more major competitors will join the fray: HBO Max and Peacock, with the latter rumoured to be ad-supported. This streaming war is just getting started, and each will have their own original content.

Smart technology to prevent leaks in your home
Imagine if your home was as smart as your phone. Imagine if it took care of you, the same way you take care of it. Imagine if it could protect your things, your family – or intelligently help you to conserve resources, save money and protect the planet.

A new device, SONIC, is the smartest leak protection system ever created. It measures the flow of water through your home and intelligently analyses it around the clock to detect leaks, protect your property, and help you to save water (and money).



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