Lifestyle Disruptors Post Covid-19

Covid-19 has certainly been a major life-disruptor but contemplate what the outcome would have been if technologies like web-conferencing, high-speed internet and agile distributed systems were not as mature as they are now.  Once the economy and business  resume some sense of normalcy, we can anticipate how these technology disruptors will affect our daily lives. 

5G

5G rollouts that the telecom giants had begun have in some cases slowed or been postponed due to the pandemic. Previously, Gartner had predicted that worldwide 5G network infrastructure revenues would reach $4.2 billion in 2020, recording year-over-year growth of 89 percent. While there are some forms of 5G currently in place, the implementation for driverless cars and smart cities will be impacted.  Once business and the economy rebound, 5G will be roaring on our roads, IoT devices and micro to massive screens everywhere. 

Phablets

5G will expand beyond the reach of telecommunications

With more people spending time at home, there will be an increased utilization of a communication device called a phablet. Basically, a phablet is a cross between a smart phone and a tablet with a screen 6 inches or larger.  The pro to this device is a mobile option to connect to your office data remotely.  The con, is that an affordable option to connect the phablet to a monitor, is still in the works.  The phablet is truly a mobile solution not ideal for a remote office setup. A home office is better furnished with a full-sized monitor, keyboard and mouse. In the near future, PC’s will increasingly be replaced by less expensive solid-state, zero-configuration thin client terminals.  These terminals will use bandwidth-conserving, encrypted session protocols.  

Phablets make sense when they can replace the laptop for business use

Virtual Kitchens

The pandemic forced the closure of millions of restaurants and changed the way consumers dine out. Virtual kitchens, or ghost kitchens, have grown in popularity and necessity thanks to Covid-19. Basically a ghost kitchen is where virtual brands are produced without a brick and mortar location.  A virtual or ghost kitchen will rent from a landlord at a co-op facility like Kitchens United or Cloud Kitchens, normally located in densely populated areas.  From there, they launch their brand and delivery from an app like UberEats or DoorDash.

I.T. professionals with artificial intelligence and point-of-sale skills will find working for this niche industry an exciting option to add to their career market specialty.  Ghost kitchens are becoming more popular because food delivery is exploding.  Investors apparently can’t get enough of ghost kitchens.  Uber founder, Travis Kalanick has $400 million to set up his ghost kitchen company. 

Many chefs and brands can work via one virtual kitchen

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