Bangalore, February 13 2017: Things are coming together -- literally-- in 2017 -- and Indian innovation is making IT happen. A survey by technology watcher Gartner last week, estimates that some 8.4 billion connected 'things' will be in use worldwide this year and two-out-of-three or 5.2 billion, will be used by lay consumers.
Making this connected lifestyle happen, is a combo of two technologies: Artificial Intelligence(AI) and Internet of Things ( IoT). Another tech major, Accenture, has coined a new mantra: 'AI is the new UI' -- or Universal Interface that makes technology happen for the people. Unsaid in all this, is another fact: Indian brains are making a lot of this happen. From smart cars to smart meters to smart wearables -- there is a desi hand, often a startup behind many global developments. We report on one such innovation below and link you to two more elsewhere in the piece
Stick a dongle under the dashboard and 'smarten' your ride!
Most car makes made in the last 10 years, have a very useful connector under the dashboard, that few owners know about. In Indian cars, it may not be visible and may be behind a panel. It is a mandatory 16-pin connector called the On Board Diagnostics (OBD) panel, that monitors emissions, mileage, speed, and other useful data. It is used by mechanics, during servicing, but now, products are coming that enable car owners to tap into this connector, stick a data dongle and monitor a variety of car functions.
At a recent Nokia Innovation expo in Bangalore, telecom product company Sasken, showed a soon-to -be-launched Connected Car Gateway, harnessing the OBD to optimize car performance -- and also do other things like vehicle tracking, route mapping, emergency breakdown calls, activating home appliances and anti-theft alarm.... all with a mobile phone. The made-in-India car gateway created waves at the CES Las Vegas last month.
Reliance Jio engineers in Navi Mumbai, are also in advanced stages of crafting a product tapping into the OBD -- and adding some more car-related services to the MyJio app. It looks as if 2017 will be the year when car owners in India go under the hood and get smart!
More Indian smart developments that we reported up in recent days:
Smart T-Shirt tells you where to go!
A truly smart water meter