5 Unlikely Industries Tech is creeping into
It’s no secret that technology plays a large role in determining whether or not a particular industry will sink or float. Technology is everywhere and it influences the way we think, communicate, and essentially live our lives. Businesses need technology in order to keep up with their market, as the newest and most innovative tech determines how a particular industry will grow. And though you’ll come across an industry where the first thing you won’t think of are computers and other high-tech gadgets, that doesn’t mean that tech hasn’t infiltrated that industry. Here are five unlikely industries that tech is creeping into.
In this quickly expanding market, technology is finding its groove in the beauty industry. With a growing interest in skincare, cosmetics, and the huge beauty community that exists online, it’s no surprise that there have been plenty of technological advancements that help push the beauty industry forward. Scanners which can determine the perfect foundation shade for you are being used in high-end makeup stores, smart mirrors which can analyze your skin condition with a single glance are popping up on the market, and even programs that use augmented reality and artificial intelligence to allow consumers to try on lipstick and eyeshadow are becoming more common.
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These days, the plumbing industry has been slowly moving into technology that encourages trends that are eco-friendly, hygienic, and aesthetically pleasing. An example of technology popping up more often in the plumbing industry is tankless water heaters. These devices, while not brand new, are starting to appear in newer houses. Using pipes that are heated with gas or electric burners, tankless water heaters are able to provide hot water regardless of outside conditions.
People want to know about their body and want to better understand the effect certain exercises will have on it; therefore, it’s only natural that technology would target this market. Smart helmets have made their way into the industry. Designed to reduce the risk of brain injury, these helmets are currently being developed exclusively for the NFL. However, once the tech is perfected, the smart helmet will be made available for other sports.
There is also the possibility of virtual reality being incorporated into the industry as a means to allow sports fans to “attend” a particular game that they were unable to attend in person.
Most people today live fast-paced, busy lives; therefore, it’s not uncommon to hear that someone is simply too busy to make regular trips to the grocery store. That’s where the tech comes in: consumers are looking for fast, inexpensive, efficient methods to get their shopping done and more brands are finding the solution in home deliveries. This past summer two major retailers, Walmart and Costco, began testing out different home delivery services.
Another method consumers have been trying out are literal grocery shopping apps; these apps have a range of functions that can vary from producing a conveniently-placed grocery list, to searching for coupons, to even ordering your items to a store for either a curbside pickup or a home delivery.
While technology in the world of fashion isn’t new, that isn’t to say that the fashion industry has fully explored its potential by utilizing tech. A great example of technology fusing with the industry are articles of clothing or accessories that double as tech. The Misfit Shine works similarly to a Fitbit or Apple Watch in which your daily activity is recorded and sent to your phone via Bluetooth. Misfit Shine products also act as very sleek pieces of jewelry that consumers would actually find stylish enough to wear.
3D printing is another example of technology becoming incorporated into the fashion industry. Everyone has heard about 3D printers creating prosthetic parts and even heart valves, and if it’s possible for a 3D printer to create these items, why not clothing? Fashion designers have already used 3D-printed clothing for the runway; it’s only a matter of time before 3D printing is used in stores.
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