Traces of change: Smart Products

Our future is smart. If you look at the current developments, you can hardly get past the word “smart”. Smart Home, Smart Factory, Smart City – our cities and houses, even our products are becoming more and more intelligent.


What are Smart Products and Smart Services? (Source: Mittelstand 4.0-Agentur Cloud)


Indeed, futurists worldwide agree that intelligent products and infrastructures are a driving megatrend of our future. Due to the increasingly rapid development of information technology, sensor technology and robotics, we will be living in a networked and dynamic society in a few years’ time.

Robots are already helping us to become faster and faster and intelligently connect man and machine. As a result, workers in the factory can work more and more safely, as demonstrated by Festo’s ExoHand, for example. Smart mobility concepts and autonomous cars are networked with the entire infrastructure of the Smart City and move safely through the cities of the future thanks to powerful sensors.


Festo ExoHand (Source: Festo)


The various technology groups are growing together. While we still differentiate between innovations today, simplified interface management and intelligent infrastructures ensure that processes run smoothly and with the lowest possible latency.

Smart products will therefore determine our everyday life and our professions. With the imminent breakthrough of 5G as the new mobile communications standard and the increasing miniaturization of technical components, nothing stands in the way of intelligent Web 3.0.

So it should no longer surprise anyone when in a few years’ time we communicate with our everyday objects and tell the fridge to order the milk. So let’s prepare ourselves today for a smart future and approach the upcoming megatrend with an open mind.

Alexander Pinker
Alexander Pinker
Alexander Pinker is an innovation profiler, future strategist and media expert who helps companies understand the opportunities behind technologies such as artificial intelligence for the next five to ten years. He is the founder of the consulting firm "Alexander Pinker - Innovation Profiling", the innovation marketing agency "innovate! communication" and the news platform "Medialist Innovation". He is also the author of three books and a lecturer at the Technical University of Würzburg-Schweinfurt.

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