A smartphone is a device that people can’t do without anymore. It’s a trusted gadget in man’s lonesome needs, a reliable secretary that gives reminders and a convenient source of information anytime we need it. Another revolutionary use for the smartphone is turning it into a car key. Hyundai, the rising South Korean car maker has come up with the Connectivity Concept that lets smartphones control the mechanics of cars. According to the automaker, simply swiping the phone over an implanted chip on the door will unlock a car. Once inside, the driver just has to dock the smartphone on the car console and the engine starts. But this amazing promise is just the start.

MirrorLink, a company that integrates computers in cars is part of the Car Connectivity Consortium. This recently established consortium is made up of auto and electronics companies with the objective of certifying the safety of devices and application programs that can be used in automobiles. MirrorLink’s vision is to be part of the smartphone-operated car concept. The current concern is how not to make a dashboard screen as a driver distraction. Despite the issues, Hyundai’s promise of harnessing smartphone technology in our everyday transport needs is pushing technology boundaries. This concept will encourage smartphone makers to shift to developing apps that will serve more and entertain less. It will also change the face of dashboards and car companies will have to review blueprints to catch up with the smartphone technology.

Smartphones are becoming useful in running a household, so why not in cars too. Homemakers are enjoying the replacement of the conventional appliance controllers. Apps such as Viera or Sky+ are handy programs capable of commanding everyday home machines. Like the popular thermostat maker, Nest, that can now be controlled miles away with a cell phone.

Ingersoll Rand, a company known for industrial products, has created a device and software to connect people wirelessly with home and office appliances through the app called Nexia Home Intelligence. Health monitoring through smartphones are also promising better healthcare. An intelligent app can now record an accurate electrocardiogram with a simple grasp of an iPhone. Heartbeat monitors in ICUs can now be checked by doctors through a remote device.

The world on the internet was the buzz of the 90s which now seems such a passé. The wireless, keyless and remotely controlled world is something to marvel in this exciting millennium.

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