Some projections for the global Internet of Things (IoT) market are that it will grow to $457 billion by 2020, up from $157 billion in 2016 (Forbes, 2017). More recently, Microsoft announced that it will invest $5 billion in the IoT over the next four years (Microsoft IoT, 2018). Over the past 6-8 years, according to IoT Institute, well-known players like Cisco, Intel, Google, and Qualcomm have invested heavily in IoT companies as they work to build out their ecosystems. Given those statistics, it’s only rational (and, frankly, essential) to see household device manufacturers continue to design new IoT-enabled products.
In their quest to take devices and systems to the next level, augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) designers put most of their efforts into content development. The way data gets to the devices, on the other hand, has been a lower priority. However, as designers work toward commercialization, key improvements can’t be achieved without advancements in data communication. Communication systems and antenna technology is a vital step in that advancement.
Electronics manufacturing uses a LOT of resources – on average, 1.5 tons of water, 539 pounds of fossil fuels, and 48 pounds of chemicals are needed to make one computer and one monitor (Wang, 2017). With more than 500 million computers, monitors and tablets sold to consumers last year, those resources add up.