- While the whole world is in a frenzy from a coronavirus, let's look at the implications of this for the IT industry.
New devices and gadgets
Startup ‘Slightly Robot’ reprogrammed its smart bracelet. Now the device is tackling with one of the main reasons for the spread of coronavirus - it controls and warns a person from touching their face.
Trends of remote work
Since the end of January 2020, Zoom, Slack, and Microsoft, which offer tools that facilitate remote work, are gaining momentum. During this time, Zoom shares grew by more than 42%, and Slack grew by 16%.
Demand for remote employees
Startup Karat, which helps companies conduct the first stage of hiring IT professionals online, reports that the volume of interviews has grown by 30% from January to February.
The US government has allocated $500 million to develop online medical services. Thanks to platforms like JD Health and Ali Health, people have the opportunity to get remote specialist advice for free. The Wedoctor app has connected 20,000 doctors to the platform.
Xiaomi has implemented the ability to track the spread of the virus in real-time in its line of smartphones.
A new wave of popularity for Plague Inc.
This mobile application strategy game with a realistic epidemic spread model was released back in 2012. The number of downloads has spiked in the last few months.
VR and AR
According to a Perkins Coie survey, 49% of respondents said they want to use VR and other augmented reality tools to reflect real-world learning conditions during the forced quarantine.
PlayStation 5 & Xbox Series X
The release of consoles, scheduled for the end of 2020, maybe postponed due to the fact that most of the components are made in China.
- Despite the fact that Coronavirus is a real problem, it is nevertheless an incentive for finding new IT solutions that can help people save time, money, and most importantly, minimize the risks of infection.
- So keep calm and wait for the end of the pandemic.