Cloud Computing for Pedestrians
Across Europe and North America, urban planners are closing streets and expanding areas tailored to foot traffic. This isn’t just an effort to promote it, but rather a necessity to keep up with the growing demand. This is the “Rise of the Planet of the Pedestrians,” a byproduct of this green-focused, technology-charged world we now live in. Cities are denser, more expensive and services are more accessible, so citizens of the world are hitting the streets in record numbers.
The technology industry, particularly in the gadget sectors, has taken notice, and this isn’t just a matter of personal gadgets becoming smaller and easier to manipulate, which would have occurred anyway. We’re witnessing a real focus in terms of the features in electronics, such as smart headphones that allow wearers to hear danger noises, like horn blasts and shouts, and the types of apps that are becoming available, such as pedestrian navigation and augmented reality software.
One of the most exciting innovations in modern technology is cloud computing. In fact, even though cloud computing is only in its relative infancy, all of the best web hosting plans are already integrating cloud hosting components. They do this in order to provide clients with an easier transition in the future. For those living under the proverbial rock, cloud computing refers to logical computation resources residing on remote computers rather than on local devices.
As cloud computing continues to evolve and walking continues to become a preferred mode of travel, at least in urban areas, it begs the question, how will these two concepts intersect? We’ve already established that the technology industry is designing hardware and software specifically for the pedestrian. We’ve also established that cloud computing is a quickly evolving technological innovation that will continue to transform our lives. Therefore, the intersection is inevitable.
Earlier we mentioned augmented reality (AR) software. AR may sound like science fiction, but what it does is enhance our perception in a very real and very useful way. For instance, one of the most popular AR apps allows you to hold a smartphone up and look down the street via the LCD display. On the display, the AR app augments your view with helpful information, such as street names as well as the names, themes and hours of the various shops and services on those streets.Continued on the next page