Just a few short years ago, when thinking about wireless technology many users thought about cell phones, which they relied on exclusively to make phone calls or send text messages. With the advent of feature phones, and later smartphones, people began to think differently about their mobile devices and how they were used. Suddenly apps, GPS technology and a host of other services came into play to redefine the mobile user experience.
Now, 4G LTE is reaching beyond smartphones and tablets to transform a range of industries and affect everyday living. The speed of 4G LTE has created new opportunities for innovative companies to explore and invent. At 2013 CES, attendees previewed a connected mattress that monitors sleep patterns, a new football helmet that the records and transmits information on the hits a player sustains on the field, and a connected car that took a step closer to becoming the “ultimate mobile device.”
Now, more companies are finding ways to apply 4G LTE to their businesses. Kopin developed the Golden-i headset, which allows paramedics and emergency responders to accessimportant information while keeping their hands free. Other companies use the technology to be more efficient. United Oil recently converted 126 of their gas stations from DSL to 4G LTE, ultimately cutting costs and optimizing operations.
As 2013 unfolds, the impact of 4G LTE in our daily lives will continue to grow. Tablets are changing how and where people watch TV shows. Rural areas with limited broadband access are finding new avenues to the Web.
The innovation of 4G LTE has already left a permanent mark on modern life, and what’s next promises to be exciting.