Times are changing, with the focus on innovative services having been placed on software initiatives seeing a slow shift and balance of mindshare to accommodate hardware.
There have always been hobbyists tinkering with this and that board, building interesting things if only to prove that it is possible.
Now we see big industry players, hitherto relegated to the backstage, make effort to engage developer audiences to drive creation of solutions that are built with hardware capabilities as the inspiration.
I find their augmented reality, low power geo-fencing and facial recognition play interesting — if adopted with not too steep a learning curve it could see monetisable services created for industries such as banking, retail and the cross cutting advertising segment come to the market soon.
With the smartphone penetration as averaged from curated sources coming to approximately 26 per cent and growing rapidly as attested to by marketing initiatives by mobile network operators such as Safaricom on devices from the Samsung,
Beyond, the software development kit provision,
The potential for rich pickings is evident with verticals such as healthcare — localised medical devices, education, rugged and dedicated devices, agriculture, salient data sensors and government as well as smart city initiatives, coming top of mind when thinking about the possibilities.
Technology is best experienced invisibly and "the part to look for, is the part you can't see".
Njihia is CEO of Symbiotic. Twitter - @mbuguanjihia.
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