In today's smart and fast-moving technological world, many domestic, commercial and industrial devices have in-built intelligence to make them more intuitive, connected and functional. The smartphone is probably the most obvious example of how a simple communication device has morphed into the must-have ubiquitous, multifunctional smart device.
Consumer electronics and industrial technologies are now designed with in-built intelligence, which makes them adaptable, reconfigurable and future-proof. Interconnected smart devices communicate, adapt and learn from each other through the Internet of Things.
Smart grids manage electricity production, distribution and utilisation. This means that at times of peak demand, non-essential devices are temporarily switched off, thereby diverting energy to areas of greater need.
Smartwatches and activity trackers are already commonplace but development of wearables into advanced textiles, healthcare and leisure technologies, offer almost endless opportunity. The application of smart devices is only limited by our imagination.