There’s more evidence that artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) are the future of mobile — and that businesses and developers ignore that at their peril. Computerworld reports that “Global spending on mobile hardware, software and services will rise this year by 3.2% to more than $1.6 trillion, pushed by developments such as augmented reality (AR), artificial intelligence (A.I.) and 5G, according to a new report from IDC.”
Phil Hochmuth, IDG's program director of Enterprise Mobility, explained to the magazine, “Overall, businesses will invest more in new devices and apps that enable A.I. and AR use cases for the business. On AR, businesses will spend on new mobile devices [and] hardware to help support enterprise use cases, such as medical AR, real-time data/schematic integration in industrial scenarios, etc.”
The article notes that AR headsets and smart glasses will also spur mobile spending, as will Apple’s inclusion of native augmented reality into iOS 11 last year, via its ARKit SDK. It adds, “Allowing businesses to leverage AR with devices they have already bought and deployed – namely iPhones and iPads – will only add to AR's growth in the enterprise.” Also spurring AR use is Microsoft’s Windows HoloLens ecosystem.
It’s not just in-office white collar staff who will use mobile-related AR, the article says, pointing out that “Augmented reality also enables assembly line workers, utility field workers and remote employees to call up schematics and get guidance from home offices via video and chat services.”
Apple and IBM, meanwhile, have been working together to enhance their existing AI collaboration with a focus on mobile, raccording to a Forbes blog post. They’ve combined Apple’s Core ML machine-learning tools for developers with IBM’s Watson to make it simpler for businesses to put artificial intelligence into mobile apps. Apple announced Core ML in June, 2017 as a way to make machine learning work more efficiently on iPhones. It supports a variety of machine learning tools, including neural networks, linear models and tree ensembles.
Core ML’s breakthrough is that it lets machine learning run directly on a mobile device, rather than requiring it to go out to the cloud. That eliminates lag time and protects data better, because less is being sent over the Internet. Especially important is that mobile devices will be able to use machine learning even when they’re not connected to the Internet.
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