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The Race Is On
Who's going to win Convergence 4.0?
Oct 28, 2018—
The remote control was one of the first devices to find its way into our homes. Now, this humble device could be given a new lease of life as our homes become smarter and our televisions become the portal connecting all the devices that help support our day-to-day lives. The remote control has been a key component in the move to convergence so far, with technology in this field developing to allow for interaction with multiple devices and a better user experience.
Most of us will remember a time when changing the channel meant pointing the remote control directly at the television and lining it up precisely. This was due to the use of infrared (IR) technology needing devices to be in the direct line of sight in order to communicate with each other. Needless to say, this could be a frustrating experience, particularly if something was blocking the view.
As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to develop, smart technology is becoming increasingly integrated, and the race to fully converge smart devices is heating up. However, with established technology manufacturers competing against smaller, yet more agile, counterparts, who will win Convergence 4.0?
With more and more smart devices appearing in the home, you might think consumers would welcome convergence. In reality, many consumers are currently turned off by the idea, due to the difficulties they face when configuring and setting up smart devices. For the average person, configuring multiple devices can seem daunting, and the perception that this might require some engineering know-how could deter consumers from buying new devices or attempting to integrate them. Difficulties with configuring, discovering and controlling devices are among the biggest pain points for consumers of smart devices, and this is something that needs to be considered in relation to convergence.
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