Getting connected with some new projects from AT&T Labs

By Adam Zeis on 19 May 2014 08:30 am
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The folks at AT&T Labs are hard at work on the future of connected technology. They're working hard on developing state-of-the-art technologies for all kinds of industries and uses — from tracking your luggage, to monitoring network data, to connecting your home to your smartphone. I was lucky enough to check out some of the latest projects at AT&T's showcase and I have to say that there is some very awesome connected tech out there.

I got to chat with many of the people behind these awesome projects and hear all about what's in the works for the future of connected tech.

A quick breakdown of some of the projects we saw:

  • SmartMic: A service that uses your phone as a wireless mic and polling system at events, rather than a conventional microphone.
  • EyeDecrypt: An amazing app that lets any device with a camera see encrypted print or electronic messages for thinks like PIN numbers, access codes or even social security cards.
  • Digital Life: AT&T's Digital Life has been around for quite some time, but AT&T is letting developers and third-parties work with the technology to use it in all sorts of new ways, making controlling your home an even cooler experience and doing things like allowing you to instruct devices at home to activate when you pull into the driveway.
  • Luggage Tracking: The awesome luggage with a built in tracker makes sure that you'll always know where your luggage is. It connects to your smartphone and will even text you when it gets to an airport (hopefully the same one you're at) and it has a pulsating blue light for easy carousel location.

These were just a few of the projects coming out of the labs, and I can't wait to see where they go next. There is truly some awesome connected technology on the way and you can bet your connected butt that we'll be following it all.

Check out the video above to see some of these projects in action, then let us know what you think in the comments!

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