A fleet of vehicles presents a unique set of challenges for the person or corporate entity that owns the fleet. This is because a particular vehicle in the fleet could be thousands of miles from any other vehicle in the fleet. If you have one vehicle in Florida and another in California, how do you make sure that both cars ultimately return to you in good shape?
There is a booming eCommerce marketplace that is being taken advantage of by ambitious internet entrepreneurs. These days, businesses are looking for ways to capitalize on the online shopping experience. Department stores and other major retailers already have their own online stores that can deliver items to customers anywhere in the United States and other countries. Small businesses can also launch their own successful online shops to compete with big box retailers and other brand names.
For the small business owner, there are a number of landmark moments as the business expands and develops. These important stages of the development often necessitate business, practice and process updates to ensure the continued efficient running of the enterprise. One of the biggest landmark moments is the implementation of an intelligent computer server, helping the company develop from a team of individuals into a fully functioning, cooperative, driven machine.
Our nation has gone through many phases starting from the industrial age to the space age, and now the digital age. In each case, we’ve made advances that benefited many, if not everyone.However, some people fear that in our current zeal for better tools, the genuine needs of our society may be going ignored. Perhaps technology is advancing at a pace greater than our current ability to absorb it.Unlike the industrial and space ages, some say, the digital technology age is not aimed at greater societal goals but merely the consumer.
According to TIME Magazine, the real sixth sense that humans have will soon be “digital” and just as important as sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell. However, humans won’t actually possess digital sixth sense on their bodies like the other five, but instead rely heavily on mobile technology such as tablets and smartphones. It will be revealed via actions which can be triggered from sensors or CPUs, resulting in information and content that will make (digital) lives better. If this sounds like something out of the future, it’s actually been in development for awhile compliments of businesses like Apple, Intel, Microsoft and many others.
Many people use protective cases for their cell phones, and with good reason. A sturdy, waterproof case can prevent a phone from falling victim to spills, drops and other damage. However, an emerging trend is to make the device itself indestructible. While coverings and cases may not be fading away anytime soon, there are a number of vendors and manufacturers working on making your phone invincible.
Warding Off Water
Water is a phone’s antithesis. Even just a little bit of the wet stuff can send your phone into an electronic frenzy, blinking, flashing and eventually shutting off. That is why standout companieshave been employing technology that makes phones waterproof. Through using a nanocoating machine, LA startup DryWired has developed a way mobile devicescan essentially withstand water damage. With many people suffering a cell phone shutdown after an H20 encounter, a water-resistant phone could well be a hot commodity.
Anyone with a phone knows that screens can be extremely sensitive. In fact, many are engineered to be that way so that the touch-screen technology works. However, with that sensitivity often comes the likelihood that the screen will scratch, crack or break. Some vendors, like the glass supplier Corning, have developed an upgraded version of the materials used on tablets and smartphones to prevent that kind of damage from occurring.
Through strengthening the glass, a phone or other mobile device equipped with the upgrade could withstand as much as three times the amount of force needed for a crack. Additionally, scratches are much less visible. Drop your phone often? Not a problem, as the glass reduces the likelihood that the screen will shatter. Anyone who has picked up a phone to find the jagged lines of a broken screen may opt for investing in this kind of technology.
While showcasing their products at a convention last year, several vendors put their phones to the test. For example, some had phones submerged in fish bowls full of water, and one phone was said to be able to withstand as much as 30 minutes under water. Why show off? Because demonstrating a phone’s ability to escape water damage and more may give these vendors the competitive edge they need to distinguish themselves from the competition.
Thinner, Lighter, Weaker?
As more and more people are using mobile devices, there is a greater demand for gadgets that can withstand major damage. According to a Pew Internet & American Life Project survey, almost half of the adults in the United States have a smart phone, and roughly 25 percent own a tablet. In addition to that, phones are becoming more high-tech. While their capabilities for communication, storage and picture-taking increase, their size and weight decreases. Becoming lighter and thinner may be more appealing to consumers, but it also leaves phones more susceptible to damage.
For people who invest hundreds of dollars into a phone, there is a need to create a device that can withstand the occasional drop or dip. As there is an increasing number of vendors in the industry, there is a need for companies to stand out from the competition. Making indestructible devices may well give a manufacturer that edge.