The Age of Context Quantified



Ambient intelligence is a relatively new term in the technology lexicon, yet ABI Research forecasts that it will become the major evolution in technology-based consumer services and quality of life applications over the next 10 years. Essentially, ambient intelligence is the ability of a system to appreciate its environment, be aware of the user (and other people / objects) within that environment and most importantly, interpret and respond to their needs, unprompted.

Senior Analyst Patrick Connolly comments, “In technology terms ambient intelligence is the unification of hot new areas such as neural networks, big data, IoT, connected home, wearables, device user interfaces, and health / fitness, into services that can automate processes and make recommendations to improve the users quality of life. A major aspect in enabling this is the arrival of new location technologies such as BLE beacons, LED / VLC, sensor / data fusion, LTE-direct, Wi-Fi 2.0, etc.”

“The applications of ambient intelligence are multitude, but on the consumer side, the big drive is the battle for next generation search and evolved personal assistant applications that can predict the needs of their users and make changes / recommendations to facilitate these needs. From an application point of view, ABI Research forecasts over 8 billion ambient intelligence related application downloads in 2020, primarily focused on personal assistant, social, health / fitness, augmented reality, and local search / discovery applications.”

These findings are part of ABI Research’s Location Based Services Market Research.

Ambient Intelligence or what Robert Scoble and Shel Israel call The Age of Context:

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