As technology advances, the use of computers in people’s daily lives grows. Many companies are constantly focused on improving their products through the use of computers. Some may use computers to assist with the manufacturing process, while others integrate the technology directly into the product itself.

1. Apparel

Many people have or know someone who has a smartwatch. There are other types of apparel that contain computer chips created with the pick and place system that can help people with their workouts or manage their health. Smart clothes that contain sensors can monitor the health of the wearer, including the heartbeat, respiration and sleep cycles. Some shoes are embedded with technology that transmits information to a smartphone or smartwatch about the number of steps taken during a specific period of time. Smart glasses have not caught on with the general public, but they do exist and come with different features, such as cameras, music app control or other apps.

2. Traffic Lights

While the system is not in place everywhere, some regions have traffic lights that can be controlled by computers to adjust for different traffic patterns. Sensors can be placed in the ground to monitor traffic and send information to adjust the light signals as needed. These systems can be connected together so that all of the lights in an area can be coordinated, reducing the time people spend waiting at lights and increasing travel efficiency.

3. Appliances

There are many appliances that are now being enhanced with computer technology to improve their function and efficiency. Refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, coffee machines and ovens can now be found with new and helpful features. Touch screens and cameras on refrigerators can help people figure out what they have or adjust the temperature without opening the door. Some ovens are manufactured with cameras and sensors to determine how to properly cook meals. Washing machines may have sensors installed that can detect the size of a load of laundry and automatically determine how much water should be used and how long to run. Some are compatible with apps and can send messages to a smartphone when the laundry is finished.

Technological advancements have the potential to make people’s everyday lives safer and easier. As more inventions are created, the likelihood that computers will be integrated into a variety of new products rises. This can have a positive effect on how people manage their health, daily schedules and routine tasks.