Hands-free used to be a matter of convenience. The goal was to make everyday life easier and more comfortable. Today, hands-free technology offers more than just convenience. It can help to save time, money, and, what’s more important, it can help to create a safer environment for everyone.
Here’s how it started.
The first appearance of hands-free technologies
One of the most prominent transformations in the realm of technologies was the evolution from a wall phone to a hands-free phone. The length of the phone cord used to be a limiting factor. Today you can do whatever you want while being on the phone – thanks to Bluetooth accessories, especially headphones. There is not anything more annoying than having to unravel your headphones after putting them into your pocket. Therefore, it wasn’t surprising when wireless headphones took off. They were more practical, easy to use, and often even provided a better sound quality. With time, hands-free technologies became more sophisticated and widespread, gaining a higher popularity thanks to their efficiency.
The rise of hands-free technologies
One of the newest instances of hands-free technologies can be found in home assistants. They have slowly gained popularity, and nowadays, many households rely on their home assistants. They set the temperature just right, turn the lights on or off before they reach the doormat, and lift/lower the shades in the morning and evening.
The next big hands-free technology is going to be self-driving cars. Such implementation would allow people to travel with more comfort and no waste of time.
How hands-free technologies help with hygiene
After the current crisis, we will see a sharper focus in the sanitary direction: hands-free devices can significantly help minimize bacterial and viral spread since it leads to a diminished touching of surfaces, thus resulting in less spread. We already see this form of a hands-free implementation during our travels at the airport. Sinks are already equipped with motion sensors and thus fully automatized. With an increased need for hygiene, we will certainly see an increase in this type of technology in our office spaces, homes and eventually hands-free access solutions. These cannot only be used to grant or deny access without requiring the user to touch the surface of a door/gate. In fact, they have a lot more to offer. New access solutions can be used to measure the temperatures of employees or guests, which would make an early screening possible in case of a similar epidemic.