It’s not just the workplace and industry –the internet of things (IoT) is set to transform education and learning.
This week we’re exhibiting at Bett (British Education Training and Technology show) where we’ll be showcasing some of Fujitsu’s latest wearable technology.
I’m personally really excited about our head-mounted augmented reality display unit, which could completely change how technical training is delivered to apprentices and young engineers.
Another highlight is a wearable ‘ring’ device from our laboratories which allows a teacher to write onto a whiteboard with just their hands in the air, as well as controlling different content shown to a class.
Why is IoT going to become so important for education?
As well as enhancing the learning experience for students, there’s also the wider impact to consider.
By the time the current generation of students leave college and enter the workforce for the first time, this technology will be prevalent everywhere. If young people are already used to using IoT-enabled applications and devices, they are going to be better prepared for the workplace of the future.
On top of that, it’s this generation who will be designing the systems, applications and services for the IoT of the future. The earlier they can start using it, the better equipped they will be.
What barriers need to be overcome?
According to Gartner, there will be 21 billion devices globally by 2020, and some industry estimates point to an $11 trillion economic impact by 2025. This is being driven by the falling cost in sensors, processing, and bandwidth.
At Fujitsu we talk about how IoT sits at the heart of digital transformation of companies. The same benefits and principles of creating efficiencies and improving productivity can be applied to any sector including education.
Despite this, there is a lot of talk about IoT in the future, but not as much action today. In my view people often look to IoT to solve future problems instead of using it to fix the here and now..
Another challenge is IoT is often just seen as a collection of components that don’t interact or communicate together effectively. However, we’re now beginning to see the solutions that combine these different platforms and products to deliver solutions.
For me the biggest barrier is a lack of awareness and understanding around what’s available right now.
By showing what you can create with IoT, it allows us to engage with people to clearly understand the solutions needed in different sectors..
As this grows, and we continue to analyse and collect data, there are some exciting possibilities around how that information is used to create further IoT solutions. So, it doesn’t matter if you’re looking at improving an industrial warehouse, or a classroom, IoT is going to completely change the way we work, interact and learn.
Come find out more about how the internet of things will change education by visiting the Fujitsu stand at Bett: C128.
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