The cloud has opened up endless possibilities for what people can do, particularly what they can do with machines. As the realities of what the cloud makes possible come into focus, here are a few things that previously seemed impossible that the cloud is making reachable, practical, and affordable.
Control Fleets of Drones
Drones have taken a spotlight in the news recently, as they’ve been used for everything from realtors taking aerial photos and videos of their property listings to photographers getting otherwise impossible footage of things like unfolding weather events, hard-to-reach natural scenery, and more. With cloud software, it is now possible to control entire fleets of drones, not just a single drone controlled by a single user. NASA is developing flight plans for low-flying drones to be used by government agencies, and numerous private industries, such as Amazon, are delving into the possibility of drone fleets.
Bring 3D Printing to the Next Level
3D printing has, until now, been the sole property of the rich and the well-connected. Developing accurate, useful products on 3D printers generally requires many attempts, which become cost-prohibitive for those without deep pockets and access to databases of previous similar designs. Now with the cloud (and 3D printers that cost less than $300), small businesses and individuals can take 3D printing designs to the next level.
Leverage Big Data
Big data is revolutionizing every industry, from healthcare to manufacturing to retail sales. As with 3D printing, big data storage and analytics has so far been reserved with companies and governments that have the money to buy and house large data centers filled with computers and servers. With cloud software, even small and mid-size businesses with limited resources can leverage big data analytics, including using big data software solutions like Hadoop.
Promote Better Health
The cloud may soon revolutionize how medical professionals and their patients handle health. From constantly monitoring vital signs like blood pressure, blood sugar levels, sleep patterns, exercise habits, eating choices, and other key indicators of health, doctors can better predict a person’s future health concerns and help patients develop healthier lifestyles. For patients who already have serious health conditions — such as MS, diabetes, or sleep apnea — doctors can monitor these people and attend to their needs and medical emergencies immediately. This should result in a more effective and responsible health care environment.
Take a Mom-and-Pop Business to Global Levels
Growing a business to global levels used to take enormous resources and capital investments. Now, a small business can open shop in a small town in Delaware today and become a global phenomenon tomorrow. Through cloud innovations, no business is limited in their ability to reach the masses quickly and affordably.
Communicate With Others Who Speak Different Languages
Business, education, and innovation have often been held at bay due to language differences. With cloud software to cheaply and quickly translate most common languages, even small businesses without the resources to hire interpreters can expand their interests around the world. Additionally, educators can reach out to one another to collaborate on better ways to educate their students, and researchers and product developers can work around the world for better solutions and products.
Coordinate Travel Plan Changes With Ease
When a flight is cancelled in London, it has a trickle down effect for passengers, travel agents, hotels, transportation, and others. With cloud software, however, this situation becomes easily managed. When a consumer’s flight is delayed or cancelled in London, cloud software can be used to change their transportation plans, hotel reservations, tour times, and other plans at their destination in Munich, Geneva, or New York.