Why gadgets have never been closer at hand

The future is here, and getting personal. With technology seemingly advancing at the speed of light, it may only be a matter of time before much more advanced wearable gadgets turn mainstream. But what defines wearable technology and which are the most common application areas today? And why on earth are all these devices hitting the market right now? The arrival of new sensors and low-power radio chips has something to do with it. http://futurelab.assaabloy.com/en/why-gadgets-have-never-been-closer-at-hand/

Developing mobile access for hotels

We recently posted and article about how products are developed at ASSA ABLOY's shared global innovation organization, Shared Technologies. We continue this series by talking to Dennis Johannesson, R&D Project Manager at ASSA ABLOY Hospitality. Dennis has been creating key solutions for the hospitality industry for almost two decades and has experienced the journey from a traditional mechanical key to an app in the phone. http://futurelab.assaabloy.com/en/developing-mobile-access-for-hotels/

Body field communication

Can you imagine locking or unlocking a door simply by touching the doorknob? Or being able print a document by placing one hand on the copy machine and the other on your laptop? It may sound like science fiction but is actually a very real possibility thanks to a new close-range communication technology called RedTacton. First developed by Japanese NTT (Nippon Telephone & Telegraph) in 2005, the new technology takes wireless communication a step further by replacing the radio waves used for transmission over Bluetooth, IR and similar technologies with the minute electrical field emitted by the human body. http://futurelab.assaabloy.com/en/body-field-communication/