How the Pandemic Is Affecting Tech Trends in 2021

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Pandemic Is Affecting Tech Trends

As we become more dependent on technology every year, manufacturers try to develop new and innovative ways to fill market needs. With more people relying on technology in 2021, we can expect to see a mixture of new and old ideas. Here are some interesting tech trends you can expect to see as the year progresses:

1. Rugged Waterproof PCs

For any industrial customer computers that are rugged and waterproof have always been an asset. For years, industries such as food production, restaurant, health care, marine, defence, robotics, environmental, travel, etc., have relied on such PCs to get the job done in demanding environments.

This demand is escalating as more businesses try to protect the integrity of their data. After all, rugged, waterproof PCs, while as powerful as regular PCs, are more reliable because they’re resistant to dust, extreme temperatures, moisture, and even shock.

Demand for such computers is also rising because of COVID-19. From restaurants to hospitals to offices, the coronavirus forces organizations to regularly sanitize every piece of equipment, including computers. Unfortunately, regular PCs, unlike rugged, waterproof PCs, are prone to failure when exposed to the moisture of disinfectants.

2. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

In basic terms, artificial intelligence (AI) is the concept of intelligent behaviour in technology. Voice assistant technology like Google Assistant, Siri, or Alexa, uses AI to improve our lives. Machine learning (ML) is a division of AI that allows machines to analyze and learn from data and predict our behaviour. Smartwatches, map apps, fitness apps all use ML in clever ways to help us.

Technology has become ever more reliant on AI and ML as we increase our usage of mobile apps. For example, when we sit at home and play the stock market, financial apps use AI to help us make choices. Such apps take advantage of ML to calculate market trends and our behaviour to offer sophisticated advice.

Similarly, websites and apps are using AI-powered chatbots to manage customer service needs in a less labour-intensive way. As many companies are overwhelmed by questions and concerns on the Internet, they are using technology to ease the load on their staff.

3. Food Apps

As the pandemic forces people to stay indoors, they’re turning to food for reassurance. And more people are using meal and grocery delivery apps to stay safe, resulting in record profits for food delivery apps. Services such as Uber Eats, Skip the Dishes, DoorDash, and Grub Hub are using AI and ML to help restaurants, food couriers, and customers with their decisions.

Of course, eating for comfort has resulted in health issues for many consumers. Perhaps this is why health and nutrition technologies like MyFitnessPal, MyPlate Calorie Counter, and SuperFood – Healthy Recipes are also growing in popularly.

People are using these apps to keep track of their calorie intake, exercise, cook healthier food, and stay motivated.

These are three exciting ways the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting technology trends in the year 2021. People are using technology for safety, convenience, and health benefits.

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