Category archives: Technology

Drones are a few of my favorite things

That’s why a new, imaginative video from our colleagues in the Industry Transformation group at Ericsson is so much fun to watch. It takes drones today and imagines them at the next level. And the next level after that. Drones have already captured our imagination the way robots and moving sidewalks did when I watched “The Jetsons” as a youngster. Ericsson President and CEO Hans Vestberg often says in his speeches: “Only our imaginations will limit what is possible in the Networked Society.”

Small streaming sticks surge – are you ready for a new kind of TV service?

Will you use thoughts to send a smiley in the near future?

Just because we have seen amazingly fast development of new communication services over the past few years, including a rich flora of social networks, micro-blogging services, messages that self-delete, instant messaging services and variations on telephony with and without video, it doesn’t mean that this fast paced change is about to stop now.

When children connect everything, the screen age comes to an end

Children are not passive behind their screens. As they start connecting other things, they will be just as interactive with them, without having to hide behind screens. When we reach the end of this screen age that started with the TV in the 1950s, young people will be just as active in front of the world as they are now in front of their screens!

Beyond speed – examining how 5G will affect the user experience

So we have been doing some work here at the UX Lab where we explore and think about 5G beyond the technological aspects; how it might relate to cultural, social, ethical, financial or political matters, for instance. We have been working with this as a kind of meta umbrella-project for the last year or so, and what we are interested in is how the characteristics of 5G as a system will affect use and user experience, in a very broad sense.

Do you want a robot that looks (and acts) exactly like a human?

Have you ever thought about owning a robot that looks almost exactly like a human? Have you ever thought about having a robot that can wash your dishes, wash your clothes, clean your home, wash your car and even have a smart chat with you? Or why couldn’t you go out and have a drink or two with it?

Smart industries do not want dumb pipes. They want smart networks.

Smart industries do not want dumb pipes! As many industry sectors are driven by the digital transition towards a “smart” paradigm, so are their communications needs. Smartphone traffic is not the only challenge here, so let us look into how smart networks can make a difference for all smart connected products and sensor-enabled applications.

Why wait with WiFi calling?

The introduction of WiFi calling and VoLTE in mass-market devices changes the competitive landscape for mobile voice services. So far, WiFi calling service without a mobile voice connection – and with separate voice calling plans for packet voice only – have been the norm, but operators will face new customer expectations going forward.

If you have a right to privacy, do you have an equal right to obscurity?

For many years, there has been an enormous amount of information available online about all of us, but the cost of discovery made its existence irrelevant. That is changing with the ability to “discover” large amounts of data with scale and immediacy. But this data was never private – so what’s the problem?

The future of connected cars can be collective

At the same time, there is a change going on in the car industry. More and more people can live without their cars, or let’s say that the need for a car is not as big as it once was. People might still need cars sometimes but the cost of driving and the time it takes are making people re-think their priorities. Traffic jams, too few parking places and negative environmental pressures mean that the car is not a given to stay as our default transportation vehicle.