The future may not have flying cars or robots taking over the world, but what it will have is a more interconnected world, with more intelligent devices around us. Picture this. When you’re low on milk, your refrigerator gives you a warning when you open it, along with the option to buy it. You say yes, it contacts your local grocery store and places an order. At the end of the week, the store collates all your orders and sends an alert on your cellphone. You respond with a voice passcode, and the transaction is processed, the amount debited from your account and the goods delivered to your doorstep within the day. A personal assistant like Siri will be embedded in all our devices, with enough intelligence to do all the routine chores and free up more time for you to do…whatever.
Online shopping will be so much easier. Suppose you see a dress at your local store. Google Glass-like devices will help you scan collections of online retailers to find similar items and compare prices to get the best deal. You choose what you want, speak a passcode and voila, shopping done! Saw something cool on TV? Click a photo and upload it to your favorite deals website, which will display a list of options. Pick, click and you’re done! No searching through multiple websites searching for the best deal, no complicated uppercase-lowercase-alphanumerical passwords to memorize- voice recognition will be sophisticated enough to handle authentication. Shopping is going to be easier than eating cake.
This post was written for the Indiblogger eBay contest.