Five new technologies that could improve your business
Technology for SME businesses
Technology moves so fast it can be difficult for SME businesses to keep up with the latest trends. Is your business making the most of them?
Below are five ways new technologies could enhance your business’s value.
1) Wireless charging
The irritation of tangled cables may soon be a thing of the past in offices as wireless charging technology hits the mainstream. Instead of having to dig out the right adapter and then plugging in phones, laptops and office essentials, such as lamps and printers, it will soon be possible to charge them seamlessly using wireless solutions.
2) Stronger screens
It is all too easy to crack the screen on a tablet or mobile phone and doing so can make for inconvenience. For small businesses, dealing with, and paying for, repairs constantly is inconvenient, costly and bad for productivity.
But this problem too will soon be a distant memory as more devices with damage-resistant gorilla glass enter the marketplace. This shatter-proof glass is designed to be tough, but is still thin and light enough to offer brilliant screen quality and excellent user experience.
3) Augmented reality
Unlike virtual reality, which creates entirely new environments, augmented reality displays digital information over the real world. Augmented reality tools make it easy for businesses to create apps that turn any object, image or place into an opportunity for an augmented reality experience. A presentation for example, could be enhanced with facts and figures that appear to jump off the page.
4) 3D printing and scanning
3D printing technology has continued to develop, and prices are falling. It’s never been easier, or cheaper, to prototype ideas rapidly or transform ideas into tangible products. Until recently, creating the designs for 3D printed objects required digital modelling expertise and a lot of patience. Now, a whole range of tools and devices are available to scan real-world objects into computers so that designers can focus on what they want to change, without having to model every object from the ground up.
5) Smart lighting
The light to which you’re exposed has been shown to have a major impact on your mental wellbeing. Fluorescent lighting in particular can leave people drowsy and agitated, but solutions to this kind of problem can be scarce. Now, however, smart lighting devices are allowing teams to have more control over their work environment. Smart lighting devices can be controlled over Wi-Fi using smartphones or other devices.
Adding technology to your business
While SMEs may not have the budget for their own technology department, there’s nothing to stop them taking advantage of the tools and options that are now easily available to make life and work easier. Simple and affordable solutions can quickly improve day to day operations, ultimately saving your business time and money.