Every year AT&T shows off the technologies that they are developing and experimenting with. Many of these innovations offer glimpses of the near future. This year, we scoped out three super smart technologies that AT&T is working on, and fortunately, they aren’t too far away from becoming a reality.
Smart phone, smart home, well how about smart luggage? After all, there could be no worse feeling while traveling, then arriving at your destination to discover that your luggage hasn’t arrived with you. And more often then not, the folks at the airport can be less than helpful. That is where Smart Luggage changes everything. A built in module in the luggage uses 3G and GPS to transmit your luggage’s location to an app, so that you can easily locate it. The app can also turn on a flashing light beacon, so that you can quickly spot your luggage on the carousel.
Our smartphones already replace the need to carry multiple gadgets – and now they are about to replace a wireless microphone too. In this case, using the PlanIt app, an audience member at a conference can use their phone to “raise their hand” to ask a question. The presenter can then give them the floor, and their words will come booming through the presenter’s laptop and its connected speaker system. So not only does this technology turn any smartphone into a personal wireless mic, but it also means that any presenter can transform an ordinary laptop and speakers into a serious presentation system for conferences – effectively eliminating the need for costly conference equipment.
It’s no secret that AT&T is passionate about stopping people from texting while driving, so it should come as no surprise that their Dashboard Messenger is designed to do just that. This small device is ready to plug into just about any vehicle dashboard and it’s able to receive messages on its clean and very simple display. This way, parents can send a message to their teen, and their teen can safely respond by pushing the “yes” or “no” buttons on the device. The idea here is that AT&T knows that most drivers can’t stay away from the temptation to stay connected while driving, so they are at least trying to offer a safer way for them to text while behind the wheel.