How Technology is Helping Revolutionize Language Learning

Language TechnologyLearning a new language is on the bucket list of many people. If you’re one of them, then you’ll be happy to know that technology can help you to learn easily and quickly. You no longer need to leave the comfort of your home, let alone your city or country, to learn a new language. Instead, you can learn the language of your choice without even having to step out of your bed. That is how easy learning a new language is today, all thanks to the internet and advancements in learning technology.

In the past few years, technology-integrated classroom systems have become increasingly popular. A major reason for this is the growing trend of online language learning. Today, we have learning management systems and virtual classrooms focused on language learning that look to facilitate the teaching of the instructor, provide a comprehensive and well-structured learning experience, and strengthen learner engagement.

It goes without saying that language instruction institutes need to start transitioning to more tech-savvy ways of language teaching. This will not only help to make their teaching more effective, but it will also ensure that they don’t fall behind their competition in the race to become the premier language learning source or institution. In other words, technology has a critical role to play in the present and future of language learning. Following are some ways technology is helping language instructors to revolutionize language learning.

1.     Remote Access to Language Learning

The biggest benefit of technology is the ability to reach audiences across the globe. When it comes to language learning, this means that people can learn a preferred language from native speakers even if they are miles away from the latter.

Technology has opened doors for virtually everyone who is interested in learning a new language by allowing easy access to the resources needed.  Language teaching and learning is no longer restricted by geographical boundaries or distances. Instead, it is at your fingertips whenever and wherever you may need it.

2.     Digitization of Learning Resources

The digitization of language learning resources is one of the best things to have occurred in the language learning field in the past decade or so. People no longer have to carry bulky books with them on the train or bus to learn the language of their choice. Instead, they can learn from a digitized version of the same resource on their phones on tablets.

One of the earliest innovations in the digitized or virtual language learning world were web dictionaries and hyperlinked text that made it easy as hell to cross-reference words. The next innovation in the field was the digitization of entire dictionaries to allow people to learn easily on-the-go.

Today, these dictionaries and other language learning resources can be easily stored on smartphone without using up too much of your phone’s memory space. Additionally, there are language services that provide translation that is collected from and reviewed by bilingual users. Also, while they may be far from perfect, translation tools such as Google Translate and Linguee.com have helped many people across the globe to learn a foreign language.

3.     Blended Language Courses

These courses look to increase student engagement by combining online and in-class language learning. This allows online language training and classroom teaching to complement each other. As a result, the instructor transitions from a teacher to a facilitator.

After learning from comprehensive and structured eLearning modules, students head to the classroom where the teacher can focus on the weak points of the class instead of having to recite the rules of language learning to the students. This saves time and makes the job of the language instructor much easier. Not only does technology make blended language learning a reality, but it also helps promote a methodology for language learning that is both intuitive and proven to be successful for language development.

4.     The Rise of Auto-Correction

The rise of autocorrection was another major breakthrough in the field of innovative language learning. Auto-correction has made it easier to learn languages whether it is pronunciation analyzers or simple text-autocorrect. The popularity of auto-correction can be gauged by the fact that today you will find spellcheckers absolutely everywhere.

Often free to use, the auto-correction tools or spellcheckers will check your spelling and grammar to ensure what you’re writing in a particular language is correct. Although spellcheckers are far from perfect, some advanced auto-correction tools, such as Grammarly, will help you with correct not just the words, but also the style, to help you streamline what you write.

Additionally, there are tool such as Wordbook that help to improve your pronunciation in some languages, such as Chinese. The tool will allow you to know how close, or far, you are from a native speaker. Similar functions are offered by other resources as well which includes Google Translate.

5.     Interactive Language Learning

Research has proven that learning a new language through input is ineffective and not best for achieving learner language development. Therefore, the focus of language instructors should be on an interactive learning that is enabled by technology-based tools and resources.

Instead of simply learning about a language from an instructor, students must be able to ‘do’ things with the language being taught. Fortunately, technology makes this easy by allowing students to interact with language courses to gain a complete understanding of a language’s components. In a intuitive and interactive learning model, students are likely to feel more comfortable and less embarrassed to make mistakes and learn from them. This can only be a good thing.


by Bobby J Davidson

We love our company and we love what we do.  Check out the ‘Why Percento‘ page to learn more: Love of Technology and Business!  As the President of Percento Technologies International, I provide day-to-day leadership to the company’s senior management and I am personally involved in the strategy, business development and sales activities of the firm.

The company was founded in 1999 with the purpose of providing a one call source for organizations in need of Enterprise IT Consulting and Management.  We also provide a line of products in the boutique Cloud Server space with a touch of high-end website strategy consulting and design services.   We personalizes the IT Service experience with a team approach, working with clients from diverse sectors of industry, including energy services, financial, legal, entertainment, healthcare, hospitality, retail and general and/or corporate business.  percentotech.com/

Learn the Art of Comparing Different Cloud Service Providers to Find the Right One

Cloud Service Providers Comparing the different cloud providers can look like comparing apples to oranges. The problem lies in the fact that all cloud providers may appear to be the same from a distance. However, upon close inspection, you’ll find out that they are completely different from one another. To put it simply, comparing different cloud providers isn’t an easy task for anyone.

Ever since cloud computing rose in popularity, different providers have reinvented their cloud services with new pricing models, new configurations, and employed other methods to help their cloud services stand out from the rest of the competition. This has resulted in making things even more complex when it comes to creating a price comparison.

However, people interested in purchasing cloud services must perform fair comparisons of the different cloud service providers to make the right choice for their business. Here, we are going to explore the different ways that buyers can compare cloud service providers and what key metrics to look for when comparing different cloud service providers.

What to Look for in a Cloud Provider?

When comparing cloud service providers, it is important that you identify what to look for in their services. We are going to look at some of them which include the following:

1.     Security

A cloud service provider should offer top-notch security since they will be storing your business’s sensitive data. Most providers have their own security measures. However, you should look for someone with internationally recognized certifications.

2.     Compliance

Another important thing to look for is data security when you are shifting your IT data to the cloud. Compliance, risk, and privacy are important factors you should consider. You must ensure that the cloud provider chosen by you has the necessary controls for protecting the sensitive data.  If the cloud provider has data centers in another country, the laws of the country will regulate your data. Therefore, it is recommended to choose a cloud provider that has data centers nears you.

3.     Credibility

Reputation and trust are everything when you’re trusting a cloud provider to store your data. You should read testimonials, reviews, and case studies to get an idea of a cloud provider’s reputation and trust levels. Ask to speak to existing clients to find out whether a cloud provider stands true to its claim. You must also find out if the cloud providers you have shortlisted have any certifications and accreditations as well since you should only work with a cloud provider with a good reputation.

4.     Reliability

You should also consider the tier of the data center offered by the cloud provider. The reliability and uptime of the data center are related to the tier and its recommended to search for top tier data centers. This will allow you to take advantage of greater reliability from the cloud service provider.

5.     Don’t Go for White-Labelling

White labelling is all about rebranding products and services offered by one company to make it seem as if it is offered by another company. This is a practice common among cloud providers. You need to avoid white label cloud providers who don’t control their data centers.

Factors to Consider When Comparing Cloud Providers

There are three main factors you should consider when you’re comparing cloud providers, and these include:

  1. Types of provider
  2. Services offered
  3. Pricing

To give you a better idea, we are going to discuss all the factors below.

1.     Comparison Based on Type of Cloud Provider

When you’re comparing different cloud providers, you should be extremely diligent in verifying their pricing, overall capabilities, reliability, and business stability. There are also different dimensions of cloud services which you should explore. They include:

  • Risk and security
  • Location of data centers
  • Countries and regions of operation
  • Business stability and size
  • Compliance and audit capacity
  • Trustworthiness and reliability
  • Contract terms and pricing models
  • Robust API, self-service, and ease of use
  • Service-Level Agreements (SLA)

The main cloud service providers dominating the cloud industry are Amazon, Microsoft, and Google. They are followed by various small regional providers in different global regions.

One of the first things you must consider is which out of the ‘Big Three’ should you target? Should your business acquire the services of two of the Big Three cloud providers to avoid vendor lock-in and ensure competition? You may choose one or another provider depending on the area your business operates in or choose to work with small providers that will provide you with unique services.

2.     Comparison Based on Cloud Services Offered

Assessing the different cloud services provided by cloud providers is a difficult task. To make things easier, here are some of the things you should consider when comparing their services:

  • Value-added services
  • Underlying technology
  • Actual performance
  • Chip generation and CPU technology
  • Storage configurations and technology
  • Service specifications
  • Size or class of a cloud service

The first thing to compare for end-users should be the specifications of the cloud services. After this, you should be doing some price comparisons. However, the specifications of any cloud provider only offer a very selective view of its overall performance.

The factors that can be explored readily are the chip technology on the physical server, the volume size and storage type, the amount of memory, and the number of vCPUs. However, cloud providers’ services don’t live up to how they were advertised sometimes. Therefore, you must look at the pricing to get a complete comparison.

3.     Comparison Based on Cloud Prices

Understanding the price of cloud services is not an easy task because cloud providers are continuously offering completely newer services or newer versions of existing services while their pricing strategies are focused on achieving a competitive edge against the competitors.

There are straightforward pricing models, but others can be complicated. When trying to understand cloud service pricing, you should look at the following factors:

  • Bundling of services
  • Billing increments
  • Price of individual services
  • Discount strategies for multi-year commitments
  • Currency fluctuations for global businesses

The one constant about cloud services is that their prices continue to drop, and discounts are available readily to attract new customers. This is a race that hyperscale providers are engaging in to grab as much of the market as possible and it will end or slow down eventually. Currently, it works to the advantage of consumers.

What makes pricing comparisons complex is that placing workloads to the cloud needs more than a single server along with network, storage, and other services that are required to meet the needs of total application. A business may get a discount by getting a multi-year contract. However, that doesn’t make a lot of sense when cloud prices continue to fall.

Looking at the picture from the perspective of a consumer, calculating the different pricing options for cloud services can be a confusing experience that requires the expertise of financial experts. However, consumers should look to find new ways for monitoring the price of cloud services and make decisions about who to partner with and what cloud services to use.


by Bobby J Davidson

We love our company and we love what we do.  Check out the ‘Why Percento‘ page to learn more: Love of Technology and Business!  As the President of Percento Technologies International, I provide day-to-day leadership to the company’s senior management and I am personally involved in the strategy, business development and sales activities of the firm.

The company was founded in 1999 with the purpose of providing a one call source for organizations in need of Enterprise IT Consulting and Management.  We also provide a line of products in the boutique Cloud Server space with a touch of high-end website strategy consulting and design services.   We personalizes the IT Service experience with a team approach, working with clients from diverse sectors of industry, including energy services, financial, legal, entertainment, healthcare, hospitality, retail and general and/or corporate business.  percentotech.com/

Why Choose Wireless Technology Over Hard-Wired Options for Industrial and Remote Applications

Wireless Technology Many industry operators today seek ways to maximize their investments in communication networks and ensure secure and reliable data transmission. Several solutions are available for this purpose. However, the two most commonly used solutions are wireless technology and hard-wired options.

While both solutions have a place in the industry, we are starting to see an increase in the use of wireless technology for industrial and remote applications. In the past, remote instrumentation was based on wired systems. However, factors such as flexibility, cost savings, and power consumption have led to the adoption of wireless remote monitoring and control systems.

Why Wireless Technology Is a Better Option than Hard-Wired Ones for Industrial and Remote Applications

Many still regard hard-wired communication networks as the most reliable option. However, the substantial operating and cost advantages that come with adopting wireless systems is causing them to become more prevalent in industrial and remote applications.

A growing trend in the industry, wireless connectivity today includes a wide range of products and solutions for wireless data transfer for upstream communications in industrial communications. This has been possible due to current wireless protocols that have been made more robust and reliable than previous versions by recent technological advances.

Options for a plant or operational infrastructure that would otherwise be limited by connectivity in hardwired connections are offered by modern industrial wireless networks. In a wireless network, industrial operations have access to vastly increased connectivity, providing more flexible and versatile possibilities for configuration. This eliminates the need for each access point to be connected by a physical connection.

Considering the advantages over hardwired options, wireless connectivity is no longer ‘an option’ for industrial and remote applications. Instead, it is a ‘necessity’. In fact, wireless sensing is already being used in thousands of process industry applications. Additionally, manufacturers are reporting a high demand for wireless networks within the industry.

While wireless control is typically used to diagnose and monitor equipment, current trends indicate that wider use of the technology is just around the corner. This, along with the benefits of wireless technology over hard-wired options, makes wireless systems a more viable option than wired systems. Following are some of the benefits of using wireless technology over hard-wired options for industrial and remote applications.

1.     No Wiring or Trenching

Thousands of yards of cable are required by a wired system to connect to different endpoints. If connections are thousands of feet away, a wired system can be expensive since installation costs fluctuate between $10 per $20 per foot.

On the other hand, wireless systems are powered by battery, a power-scavenging device, or local power. They do not have any conduit requirements. As a result, the need for hardwiring instrumentation is eliminated, which lowers costs significantly.

2.     Ability to Operate in Different Territories

In many cases, if a company does not have ownership of a road, stream, or other infrastructure, then it cannot run wires there without prior approval from concerned authorities. This problem is eliminated by a wireless remote monitoring system.

This consists of industrial transceiver nodes that provide a long-range and powerful data transmission in the unlicensed industrial, scientific, and medical (ISM) radio bands. These nodes maintain signal strength through the terrain, structures, or weather.

Even if it is left unattended for years, a wireless system can operate on its own. The system can run in dangerous and spiteful conditions without being interrupted by environmental factors such as snow, ice, rain, and dust storms.

3.     Lower Installation and Retrofit Cost

Compared to a wired system of similar capacity, a wireless system can cost far less per measured point. Depending on specifications for vendor and application, a wireless system can cost a few hundred dollars compared to more than a $1000 required by a wired system of similar capacity.

In addition to the above, a wireless system may require new cables if it is repaired or reconfigured. This involves managing and financing hardware, trenching, and labor. In contrast to this, a wireless system can easily be scaled without adding any new hardware.

Wireless systems can meet changing and expanded requirements after initial installation by easily adding new wireless instruments. Additionally, it is possible to configure a wireless system in the shop which reduces on-site by more than 50%.

4.     Integration with Different Sensors

It is possible for users of wireless remote monitoring systems with an open architecture to integrate several types of sensor to monitor assets. The result of this is an ability to add or subtract various sensors as required to measure parameters such as temperature, pressure, flow, and level.

Not only can users select the best sensor for each application, but they can also consolidate all the data from various sensors to a single point having a single-data interface. Additionally, they can accommodate thousands of receiver nodes using robust gateways to allow the network to cover a range of hundreds of square miles.

5.     No Loss of Data

Since operators are not alerted to the problem, wired systems typically suffer from failures or sub-par operations until instrumentation is back online when they are affected due to dirt, corrosion, cut wires, or another adverse condition. A wireless system programmed with a communications link alarm provides alerts whenever data is not in transmission. Preventative maintenance linked to wireless diagnostics can help avoid most of the problems related to the transmission of data.

6.     Secure and Dependable Monitoring and Control of Building Systems

The only wireless mesh standard for commercial buildings, ZigBee ensures secure and dependable monitoring and control of building systems.  ZigBee, along with the building automation and control network, keeps wireless communications links connected by offering redundant, self-repairing mesh technology. It does so while co-existing with other wireless communication systems. These capabilities are not available with a hardwired system.

More versatile and cost-effective than hard-wired options, wireless technology meets different challenges related to industrial and remote applications that wired systems just cannot address. This makes wireless technology a better option for industrial and remote applications than hard-wired solutions.


by Bobby J Davidson

We love our company and we love what we do.  Check out the ‘Why Percento‘ page to learn more: Love of Technology and Business!  As the President of Percento Technologies International, I provide day-to-day leadership to the company’s senior management and I am personally involved in the strategy, business development and sales activities of the firm.

The company was founded in 1999 with the purpose of providing a one call source for organizations in need of Enterprise IT Consulting and Management.  We also provide a line of products in the boutique Cloud Server space with a touch of high-end website strategy consulting and design services.   We personalizes the IT Service experience with a team approach, working with clients from diverse sectors of industry, including energy services, financial, legal, entertainment, healthcare, hospitality, retail and general and/or corporate business.  percentotech.com/

Wellbeing: Dealing with Rejection

Dealing with RejectionWe’ve all experienced rejection at some stage of our lives. Regardless of when or at what age it happens, rejection is never a pleasant feeling.  This could come from a college you applied to, an employer that you wanted to work for, peers, or someone you love or have feelings for. However, accepting and dealing with rejection is the right and often the only way forward. So, how can you counter rejection?

Rejection Is Not the End of the World

Is it just too hard for you to accept that you’ve been rejected? Is rejection by someone preventing you from moving forward in life and achieving all the things you are destined to achieve? If yes, then, you, my friend, have come to the right place. This is because we are about to reveal some effective ways for you to deal with rejection and go back to your pre-rejection life.

Don’t Sob Away Your Rejection on a Packet of Chips

Ah, the classic getaway! Most people, especially women, resort to crying and binge eating to deal with rejection. This isn’t good: now and for the future. Dealing with rejection by eating your feelings will only bring temporary relief which will wither away over time, taking you back to square one.

Surely, you don’t want that to happen? Of course, you don’t or else you wouldn’t be here. You’re probably wondering right now, “If I can’t sob away rejection by binge eating or crying, then how do I deal with my situation?” Fear not, my friend, because we are going to provide you with all the answers you need!

Seek Motivation

Feeling down and out? Then seek motivation to get back to your old lively self. You’ll be back to your pre-rejection self within a short time if you take inspiration from stories of people who dealt with rejection to achieve great things in life.

Did you know that Walt Disney was fired from his job for a lack of ideas and imagination or that Oprah was rejected by her friends, family, and peers because she became pregnant at the age of 14? If they can overcome rejection to achieve great things in life, then you can do it too. You just need to find motivation and let go of everything that happened in the past including the rejection.

Allow Your Emotions to Flow Without Letting Them Boil Over

If you allow your emotions to boil over after rejection, then you may end up hurting someone you didn’t intend to hurt. Therefore, you must make sure that you keep your emotions under control after you’ve been rejected by someone. However, this does not mean that you suppress your emotions after being rejected. If you do that, your emotions will eventually catch up with you and you will never be able to deal with rejection.

The more you suppress your emotions, the stronger they become. They stay inside you, gaining power, and waiting for the right moment to explode out of you. Yes, it hurts but you need to deal with it rather than bury it under the hatchet. By refusing to deal with the negative emotions arising from rejection, you unintentionally accept rejection. When that happens, you’re no longer in control of your emotions.

If you want to have control over your emotions, then you must let them flow after a rejection. By suppressing them, you’re just delaying the inevitable which is rejection taking over you and pulling you down. Surely, you don’t want that to happen.

Meditate and Let it Go

Anna, the Disney princess from Arendelle, will tell you to let it go and you should listen to her. How can anyone not want all of my ‘awesomeness’? Am I that bad? Do I have any worth? These are the common thoughts people have after they’re rejected. These thoughts or feeling only grow over time if they’re not dealt with appropriately.

A tried and tested way of getting rid of the above-mentioned thoughts after a rejection is practicing meditation. Just close your eyes, meditate, and let it go. To deal with and overcome rejection, practice the following meditation exercise once every day:

  • Find a quiet place in your home where you can meditate without disturbance
  • With your legs crossed, sit as straight as possible
  • Take a few deep breaths and exhale out
  • Focus on your breath and let go of the stress
  • One at a time, free yourself of all that’s been bothering you. Get over the stress and concerns. Train your mind to think that everything is fine and that it has been always that way
  • Take your mind and body into a deep relaxation mode
  • Close your eyes
  • Visualize being at your dream destination or the best you can be
  • Visualize that your acquaintance or friends-circle is growing
  • Be in the moment joyfully for a moment and let it become part of your subconscious mind
  • Open your eyes and feel the new you

By performing the above meditation exercise once every day, you will overcome all the stress and concerns that you’ve had since the rejection. Meditation is known to relax the mind and soul which has a calming effect on your body and overall demeanor. This allows you to deal with rejection in a way that does not cause harm to your body or mind, allowing you to live a normal life.

Get Ready to Overcome Rejection

Once you’re rejected, a broken record in your mind will keep reminding you about it. For me, the mind – body – and soul is something to work hard to take care of and maintain.  Selling for my company, I know I must sometimes take emotion of out it.  If I don’t close the deal; I know it is not necessarily me that gets rejected; but it is just not a good fit between out companies.  No worries.  😉


by Bobby J Davidson

We love our company and we love what we do.  Check out the ‘Why Percento‘ page to learn more: Love of Technology and Business!  As the President of Percento Technologies International, I provide day-to-day leadership to the company’s senior management and I am personally involved in the strategy, business development and sales activities of the firm.

The company was founded in 1999 with the purpose of providing a one call source for organizations in need of Enterprise IT Consulting and Management.  We also provide a line of products in the boutique Cloud Server space with a touch of high-end website strategy consulting and design services.   We personalizes the IT Service experience with a team approach, working with clients from diverse sectors of industry, including energy services, financial, legal, entertainment, healthcare, hospitality, retail and general and/or corporate business.  percentotech.com/

The 6 Real Estate Technology Trends to Watch in 2019

Real Estate TechnologyAs it continues to evolve, technology is making our lives easier and more efficient than ever. For years, the real estate sector has been slow to adopt new technology.  It has been like a silent spectator. However, that has changed in recent times. In the past few years, there has been an increase in investment in real estate technology. Each year we are seeing new real estate tech trends come up. 2019 is no different and we expect the following trends to dominate the real estate industry during the year.

1.     Construction Technology

While the construction industry wasn’t the first to adopt technology, it has certainly warmed to the idea of using technology in constriction operations. Today, an increasing number of builders are embracing construction technology to maximize efficiency in the construction process.

In 2018, investments in construction technology grew by 30%. Additionally, investments are expected to go over $10 trillion by 2020. Several factors contribute to this increased confidence in construction technology. They include a growing data ecosystem and advancements in construction software. Moreover, robots are now accurate enough to be used effectively in the construction industry.

2.     Automation

An integral part of the boon in technology in recent years, automation has an effect on several daily tasks. This includes day-to-day accounting, invoice processing, social media advertising, email marketing, and more.  Automation was first introduced to deal with the repetitive and time-consuming tasks. Today, it is a growing trend in real estate.  There are several real estate tasks that can be automated today. These include administrative duties and communication with clients.

Since the ‘non-essential’ tasks are automated, you can have more time to focus on things that really matter i.e. expanding your customer base and growing your business. Additionally, real estate technology can help you to gain a competitive advantage. It can do this by automating tasks such as data processing and collection. This frees up more time for you to focus on growing your business.

3.     Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)

These two emerging technologies are truly changing the experience for real estate customers. With VR, you can allow people interested in buying or renting a property to take on a virtual tour of the property. Even before the buyers or renter step foot onto a chosen property, they can see what it looks like from both the inside and outside. This can save a substantial amount of money for realtors.

Augmented reality (AR), on the other hand, produces computer-generated images of a property which interested buyers or renters can look at. Moreover, it will be possible in the future to digitally decorate the inside of the property which will take the experience with AR to the next level. Both AR and VR have tremendous potential in the real estate industry if they are utilized properly. Simulated tours of houses using the wearable VR and AR tech is only the beginning.

4.     Blockchain

In 2019, blockchain will continue to revolutionize the real estate industry. Blockchain technologies are firmly establishing themselves in the real estate industry. This is because they streamline transactions and make them more transparent and secure. Additionally, they help to prevent fraud by making it easier to manage, verify, and store the documents of a property.

One of the most prominent features of blockchain technology in the real estate industry is al big-named com smart contracts. With smart contracts, you can make the real estate buying and selling process more transparent and secure. All this while saving time and money.

In addition to the above, digital leases are a feature of the blockchain technology that can automate the rent payments. Additionally, transactions are automatically recorded by an automated accounting system while the full credit history of the buyer is displayed by a secure electronic record.

Smart contracts are useful not just for the realtors, they are also useful for the buyers and sellers of the property. Using these contracts, buyers and sellers can speed up document verification and even provision a digital identity for properties. The digital identity shows the previous owners of the property as well as the total costs incurred for maintaining it. It does this to protect all the parties involved in the transaction from fraud.

5.     Big Data

Big data refers to massive amounts of data that is analyzed with the help of algorithms to predict various outcomes. An example of this is predicting buying behavior and intent based on history and past patterns. Today, big data is the lifeblood of several big-name companies. These include the likes of Netflix, Uber, Facebook, and Amazon.

In the real estate industry, big data can be used to make predictions about the time a lead might be ready to buy or sell a home. It can also help to predict the number of people who might turn up at the next open inspection or how much a property would be rented or sold for before it is listed. In the long run, this will allow you to make your interactions more personalized, win more listing, and get ahead of your competitors.

6.     Real Estate Robots

Today, customers want answers to all their questions and they want them quickly. This is how much the expectations of customers from businesses have increased. The good news is that robots in the real estate industry are making it easier to meet these customer expectations. These bots include virtual assistants, voice bots, and chatbots.

Not only can the bots answer the customer queries immediately, but they can also free up valuable time for you. Some examples of these chatbots are CRIBZ, ChatFuel, and Holmes. Based on certain keywords or actions, these bots trigger messages to provide timely assistance. Additionally, you can simplify your workload with voices bots like Siri and Alexa and real estate virtual assistants like Aiva.

There you have it—the 6 real estate tech trends to watch in 2019. Keep following us for more technology trends that are changing the real estate industry.


by Bobby J Davidson

We love our company and we love what we do.  Check out the ‘Why Percento‘ page to learn more: Love of Technology and Business!  As the President of Percento Technologies International, I provide day-to-day leadership to the company’s senior management and I am personally involved in the strategy, business development and sales activities of the firm.

The company was founded in 1999 with the purpose of providing a one call source for organizations in need of Enterprise IT Consulting and Management.  We also provide a line of products in the boutique Cloud Server space with a touch of high-end website strategy consulting and design services.   We personalizes the IT Service experience with a team approach, working with clients from diverse sectors of industry, including energy services, financial, legal, entertainment, healthcare, hospitality, retail and general and/or corporate business.  percentotech.com/

7 Ways Leaders Deal with Team Conflict

The ideal work environment is one where everyone gets along and work together for the good of the company. Unfortunately, such a work environment is rare. This is because conflict among employees in the workplace is pretty much inevitable.

It’s no secret that different people have different viewpoints or ways of looking at things. Often, these differences can escalate to conflict if there’s no ‘intermediary’ providing a balanced view of things. In a workplace, that intermediary has to be the manager or the person leading the team/organization.

If you happen to be an organizational or team leader, then it is your responsibility to manage differences in opinion between your employees/team members so that it does not escalate to the level of a damaging conflict. How can you do this? let’s find out.

Resolving Conflict Among Team Members: How to Go About It

Since the workforce is made of people with varying backgrounds and educational qualifications, conflict in the workplace is bound to happen. However, not all conflict is bad. Some of it is actually healthy. This conflict involves a healthy debate and often leads to a solution for an underlying problem.

In projects, opposing viewpoints and different personalities can bring new thoughts and ideas to the discussion table, which can lead to solutions never imagined before. However, if the difference in personalities and opposing viewpoints erupt into resentment or outburst, then this can have a negative impact on not just the work on the project and work environment, but also on the company’s bottom line.

If conflict among employees gets out of hand, then this can affect the accomplishment of team and company tasks and goals. This is where a leader needs to step on to resolve conflict and prevent it from boiling over. Conflict resolution is easier said than done. This is because it requires a lot of patience and calm. Additionally, you will need to replace the negative thoughts of your team members with positive ones. While this is a tough task, it can be achieved. Following is how:

1.     Acknowledge the Conflict

Of course, the first step in conflict resolution is acknowledging the conflict. You may avoid hurting someone’s feelings in the short run by ignoring a conflict. However, this will come back to bite you in the future since the parties involved are likely to work together again on future projects.

If you continue to ignore the conflict, then it may boil over into an abusive argument or even a nasty ‘fistfight’. Surely, you don’t want that to happen? Of course, you don’t! So, do the sensible thing and face the conflict head-on. Ask your team members to sit down and discuss every course of action they have in mind for the project. This will allow the disagreeing parties to know what the ‘other’ person is thinking and their reasoning for it. This healthy discussion will help you to avoid a serious and violent conflict. The lesson in this is that you need to manage conflict by encouraging team members to behave in a civil and respectful manner. This will only happen if you acknowledge the conflict and don’t ignore the issue.

2.     Discuss the Impact

As a team leader, you need to sit with your team members and convey to them how the conflict is likely to affect their own performance as well as that of the team.

3.     Get Everyone to Agree to Cooperate

To resolve the conflict, you need to get everyone to agree to cooperate. This means asking your team members to put the good of the team ahead of their own personal ideas or opinions. You will find yourself at a stalemate if everyone in your team prefers acceptance of their ideas or thoughts over conflict resolution.

4.     Get Everyone to Agree to Communicate

When it comes to resolving conflicts, one of the most important things to do is ensuring that everyone involved in the conflict continues to communicate. Conflicting parties not talking to each other will only lead to the conflict gaining strength and boiling over. Therefore, it is critical that the people involved in the conflict talk to each other and communicate their feelings. People can move on from conflict only if they understand what the other person is coming from.

5.     Clarify Positions

Get all the people involved in the conflict together in a place and then allow each person to have their say on the conflict/issue. Make sure that when one person is speaking, there is no disturbance or interruption from other people present in the room. Get everyone in the room to pay careful attention to the speaker and encourage them to ask questions before jumping to any conclusion.

You will eliminate miscommunication between the conflicting team members by allowing each person involved in the conflict to clarify their position and have their say. Additionally, this will give each team member the opportunity to explain the logic behind their ideas or opinions which may make their ideas or opinions more acceptable to the disagreeing team members.

6.     Come up with a List of Facts and Assumptions Based on Each Position

You need to find out what each team member believes in and values. You also need to determine the basis of their beliefs. Lastly, try to understand the criteria and processes each team member employs to make decisions. This will allow to better understand the position of each person involved in the conflict which in turn will aid conflict resolution.

7.     Reach Agreement and Resolve Conflict

Once the position of each person in the conflict is clear, it will be time for you to decide a course of action to get your team members to reach an agreement and resolve the conflict. This is easier when you have considered all the facts and assumptions related to the conflict.

These are the steps you need to follow to resolve conflict among your employees or team members. Conflict resolution is important because it can be the difference between the success and failure of your team and organization.


by Bobby J Davidson

We love our company and we love what we do.  Check out the ‘Why Percento‘ page to learn more: Love of Technology and Business!  As the President of Percento Technologies International, I provide day-to-day leadership to the company’s senior management and I am personally involved in the strategy, business development and sales activities of the firm.

The company was founded in 1999 with the purpose of providing a one call source for organizations in need of Enterprise IT Consulting and Management.  We also provide a line of products in the boutique Cloud Server space with a touch of high-end website strategy consulting and design services.   We personalizes the IT Service experience with a team approach, working with clients from diverse sectors of industry, including energy services, financial, legal, entertainment, healthcare, hospitality, retail and general and/or corporate business.  percentotech.com/

The Best Car Tech on Display at CES 2019

CES 2019 At the annual CES event organized by the Consumer Technology Association, there is always a sizeable presence of car manufacturers and associated companies. 2019 was no different. This year we saw the launch of many innovative and eye-catching car tech at one of the most awaited events in the tech calendar. Here, we will review some of the best car technology on display at CES 2019 that grabbed all the eyeballs and headlines.

2019 CES Was Buzzing with Innovative Automakers and Associated Companies

At the last CES event held in 2018, we did not witness a lot of innovative tech on display from automakers and associated companies. However, 2019 was completely different and we saw a lot of innovative car tech being launched. At the event, established automakers made important announcement related to their cars while the tech startups and big boys came up with car tech that one couldn’t even have imagined a few years ago.

With variation in feasibility and realism, technology that reigned supreme was the technology that enabled autonomy, connectivity, and electrification. While full-fledged autonomous driving might be a good few years away, in-car connectivity is a reality today.

Visiting every corner of the Las Vegas Convention Center, we found a range of innovative car tech from electric hatchbacks to walking cars that will be up for sales sometime in the future. However, following are the car technologies on display at the CES 2019 that we found the most interesting.

1.     The New-Look Mercedes-Benz

At the CES 2019 event, Mercedes-Benz launched the new generation CLA.  Another addition to Mercedes’ compact cars fleet, the CLA has aggressive looking front end and a fastback-life roof line. However, the most noticeable feature in the new CLA is the Mercedes-Benz User experience (MBUX) infotainment system.

A ten-inch touchscreen, the infotainment system is high resolution and has an attractive look. In addition to the above, the car features frameless doors, a turbocharged2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, 7-speed automatic transmission, and an all-wheel drive system.

2.     Urban Air Bus

A product of the Texas-based Bell Helicopter, the urban air bus called Nexus attracted a lot of attention from visitors at the CES 2019. Nexus is a flying machine that stands six feet tall. It looks like something out of a Terminator movie.  The air bus takes off vertically, flies a pre-determined route, and can seat up to five people.

Testing of this innovative product is expected to begin during the latter part of 2019. Additionally, the company expects the tech to be available for use by mid-2020. According to Bell Helicopter, the Nexus needs to be maintained less often than a typical helicopter since its motors are powered by hybrid electric. In the future, the company plans to make the air bus fully electric and autonomous.

3.     Hyundai Elevate

At the CES 2019, Hyundai launched a design study that you’ve witnessed in sci-fi films till now. A technology that is part car, part robot, Hyundai Elevate has an appearance of a fan and can walk. The purpose of this innovation is to allow first responders to pass through rough terrain that would stop even the most-strongly built SUV in its tracks.

In-wheel electric motors power the legs and the Elevate can navigate a wide range of conditions thanks to its autonomous technology. Additionally, it can walk like a mammal or reptile, step over a five-foot gap, jump over a five-foot wall, and lower itself to drive like a car on the freeway. However, Hyundai Elevate is only in the research stages at this time.

4.     Self-Driving Motorcycle

In the past few years, several self-driving cars have been on display at the CES event. However, 2019 was different in the sense that it was the first time we saw a self-riding motorcycle. A product of the Motorrad division of BMW, the R 1200 GS can start, accelerate, slow down, maneuver around corners, and stop on its own.

In addition to the above, an advanced gyroscope is part of the bike which provides insights into riding dynamics. This can prove useful in helping riders master tough maneuvers and recognize dangerous situations. As a result, BMW believes that its motorcycle technology can help to train riders. However, BMW’s self-riding motorcycle won’t be up for sale until a few years at least.

5.     KIA’s AI Technology for Cars

The self-driving cars of Kia could soon feature AI technology that recognizes human emotions. At the CES 2019, the South Korean automaker gave people a preview of how this technology works. The technology designed in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Kia’s AI technology for its self-driving cars depends on biosignal recognition to understand what emotion state you are in. It will know if you’re happy, angry, or feeling tired,

After it recognizes your emotional state, the AI technology will adjust the systems of the car such as the temperature, the ambient lighting, and music according to your mood.

6.     Qualcomm’s Car Tech

At CES 2019, Qualcomm launched a technology that aims to make car-to-everything communication a reality. Built for automakers, the technology is a 9150 chipset allows car manufacturers to add cellular car-to-everything communication to their vehicles. The technology offers backward compatibility and is 5G-ready. This will allow it to stay up-to-date with current trends when it finally hits the market.

Big-named automakers such as Audi, Ford, and Ducati collaborated with Qualcomm at CES 2019 to showcase what the technology can do. Additionally, the three automakers have plans to add the technology to their cares soon. In fact, Ford made a commitment to feature it in every car and truck it produces in 2022.

While other innovative car tech was also on display at the CES 2019, the above-mentioned car innovations grabbed the biggest headlines and all the eyeballs at the event.


by Bobby J Davidson

We love our company and we love what we do.  Check out the ‘Why Percento‘ page to learn more: Love of Technology and Business!  As the President of Percento Technologies International, I provide day-to-day leadership to the company’s senior management and I am personally involved in the strategy, business development and sales activities of the firm.

The company was founded in 1999 with the purpose of providing a one call source for organizations in need of Enterprise IT Consulting and Management.  We also provide a line of products in the boutique Cloud Server space with a touch of high-end website strategy consulting and design services.   We personalizes the IT Service experience with a team approach, working with clients from diverse sectors of industry, including energy services, financial, legal, entertainment, healthcare, hospitality, retail and general and/or corporate business.  percentotech.com/com

The Best and Most Interesting Fitness Technology to Get Excited About in 2019

Fitness TechnologyYou don’t need fancy equipment to get healthy or build muscles. Instead, you can achieve your fitness goals by running around the park and picking up heavy items such as rocks, dumbbells, and kettlebells. While technological gadgets are not necessary for building muscles and getting back into shape, they can make the process simpler, more efficient, and perhaps more enjoyable. Here, we will look at the best and most interesting technology to get excited about in 2019.

CES 2019 Gave Us a Lot of Exciting New Fitness Technology

If you began 2019 with health and fitness goals in mind, then getting in shape may have just gotten easier for you. This is because CES 2019 gave us a lot of exciting new fitness technology that makes getting into shape a breeze. For those who don’t know what CES is, it is an annual trade exhibition organized by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

One of the most awaited events in the tech calendar, CES takes place in Las Vegas in January each year. The event attracts technology experts, consumers, and some of the biggest names in the tech industry. Every year, CES is host to the prominent technology companies that showcase some of their latest inventions. It is also a platform for startups and upcoming brands to introduce their innovations to the world. Companies focused on fitness technology are also part of this.

Just like previous events, 2019 CES was an event where we saw a lot of ‘cool’ new technology. This includes high-tech fitness technology aimed at helping people became the best possible version of themselves. Most of the fitness technology in CES 2019 centered around practicality, convenience, and app connectivity. Also, the brands that had put up these technologies on display were focused on helping consumer ‘personalize’ their fitness plan. Following are some of the fitness technology on display at CES 2019 that fits this fill:

1.     JaxJox KettleBellConnect

A smart kettlebell, JaxJox comes with adjustable weight options. The weight on the kettlebell can be adjusted from twelve pounds up to forty-two pounds. One of the best fitness technologies on display at CES 2019, the JaxJox KettleBellConnect eliminates the need to maintain an entire rack of bells at home.

However, the benefits of this smart kettlebell go beyond space spacing. The kettlebell is equipped with sensors that allow you to monitor your workout’s duration, intensity, and content. Featuring a rotating weight-selection core, the kettlebell functions through a bullet tracking system. Because of this, you can drop the kettlebell’s weight between 6 and 20 kg within seconds. This helps to save time and space.

2.     Mirror Fitness

A product of a startup based in New York, Mirror Fitness is an LCD mirror that allows users to live stream fitness classes from their home or wherever they may be. This is great news for all those people who get a lot of requests for conducting fitness classes on social media, YouTube, etc.  Doubling as a full-length mirror, the LCD mirror can change into a screen on which you can view on-demand fitness classes. Operate through an app, the technology looks like a standard mirror.

In addition to streaming on-demand classes, you can enable a competition mode by synching the mirror with an Apple Watch or Bluetooth heart rate monitor. This will allow you to monitor your ability to accomplish, keep up, and recoup from your target heart rate zones.

3.     The Matrix Powerwatch 2

Do you use a fitness watch to keep track of your training sessions? If yes, then you’d know how frustrating it can be when your watch’s battery dies during a session. Not being able to track your training sessions and sharing the results online is nothing short of a nightmare. The good news is that the Matrix Powerwatch 2 is here to save the day.

Unlike a traditional fitness watch, the Matrix Powerwatch 2 draws power from ambient light and your body heat. The watch comes with a calorie counting function, heart rate monitoring, and built-in GPS. Additionally, it can be integrated with third-party platforms such as Google Fit and Apple’s HealthKit. People have quickly warmed up to the first version of the watch and the watch has easily achieved its goals with lots of time to spare.

4.     FightCamp

FightCamp is the perfect fitness technology for all those who have an interest in boxing but don’t want to get a gym or boxing club membership for it. A smart fitness system, FightCamp has been designed to allow people to practice boxing at home. The system includes gloves, punching bag, and exercise mat, and hand wraps.

However, the special thing about FightCamp is that it comes with gloves that have a connected sensor. This allows users to record every hit and they receive feedback in the form of a score via an app. Additionally, you can get access to FightCamp workouts by subscribing to a monthly package.

5.     Withings Move ECG

A dedicated ECG function is one of the best features of the Apple Watch 4. Seeing the popularity of this Apple Watch 4 function, other companies have also started to offer similar features. An example of this is the Withings Move ECG. An analog fitness tracker, the Withings Move ECG comes with a battery that can last a full year, depending on usage.

As for the function of the tracker, it takes a full-on ECG and provides the report of this to your phone after you place your fingers on specific areas. After you receive the report on your phone, you can decide whether you need to reach out to a specialist. The analog fitness trackers can also monitor routine stuff like your speed, step, and exercise performance. This is great news when you consider that the Withings Move ECG is just a piece of wrist wear.

“Strength does not come from the physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Ghandi


by Bobby J Davidson

We love our company and we love what we do.  Check out the ‘Why Percento‘ page to learn more: Love of Technology and Business!  As the President of Percento Technologies International, I provide day-to-day leadership to the company’s senior management and I am personally involved in the strategy, business development and sales activities of the firm.

The company was founded in 1999 with the purpose of providing a one call source for organizations in need of Enterprise IT Consulting and Management.  We also provide a line of products in the boutique Cloud Server space with a touch of high-end website strategy consulting and design services.   We personalizes the IT Service experience with a team approach, working with clients from diverse sectors of industry, including energy services, financial, legal, entertainment, healthcare, hospitality, retail and general and/or corporate business.  percentotech.com/com

5 Real-World Examples of Automated Workplaces

Automated WorkplacesToday, there is a widespread debate about the role of workplace automation in the future of economies worldwide. However, most people seem to agree on one thing: workplace automation will only grow as a trend in the coming years.

Today, automation is evident in virtually every business process from customer services to human resources to IT. As technology becomes more sophisticated, we will see even more automation of workplace tasks and business processes. Regardless of its outcomes, automation will almost certainly change the workplace and thus the wider economy. Here, we will look at 5 real-world examples of automation in the workplace.

5 Areas Where Automation is Evident in the Workplace Today

Most people today are scared of automation because they think this is the start of robots taking over their jobs. This is because there have been a lot of rumors in the past few years that workplace automaton could reduce or even eliminate many jobs. However, these are nothing more than just rumors.

The truth is that automation is here to help us rather than replace us. With automation, you can free yourself from the repetitive, time-consuming tasks to focus on more productive activities. This will help you to drive value at work which will be good for both your career and your organization. Automation is already making a positive impact in several areas in the workplace. Following are 5 real-world examples of this.

1.     The Hiring Process

Ask most managers and HR people what they dislike the most and they’ll answer the hiring process. This is because it is toughest yet the most critical tasks for any organization. Typically, it would involve the HR people going through a sea of applicants for days, weeks, and sometimes a few months to find the ideal pool of candidates. Businesses can do without this time-consuming task.

The good news is automated hiring tools are helping businesses that have implemented them to sift through applications at great speeds and find the best candidates from a pool of thousands. A CareerBuilder survey shows that more than 70% of employers have been able to hire better candidates after using automated application tracking software.

Additionally, some automated recruitment and hiring tools leverage the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to reduce the hiring time and speed-up the screening process. Examples of these tools are BreezyHR, Smashfly, and Mya. With these automated tools, you can narrow down the hiring process to a few steps. These tools are being used by many companies today to sort through thousands of applications. These tools search for applicants based on specific keywords and skip those who lack the education or skills mandatory for the job. This leaves the hiring manages with a poll of candidates who meet at least basic criteria for the job.

2.     Autonomous Vehicles

Also called self-driving vehicles, autonomous vehicles are becoming increasingly common in workplaces worldwide. Driverless cars, the autonomous vehicles have virtually endless applications. In China, these vehicles are helping the transform the transportation industry. In fact, some people predict that they could lead to millions of people in the country losing their jobs.

What are the benefits of autonomous vehicles that are encouraging their increased adoption in the workplace? Fewer accidents, lower fuel costs, and an increase in productivity. Autonomous vehicles are also making a place for themselves within many industries. A number of businesses and suppliers worldwide are using the technology to transport good and materials in an automated and convenient way. What is enabling this? Application programming interfaces, complex navigation systems, robotics cables, and onboard sensors.

3.     Meetings

Meetings can be a tricky affair in both big and small offices. This is because they involve scheduling the meeting, finding a suitable venue for it, and ensure that all the necessary people show up. The good news is that automation tools are making this easier. An example of this is Doodle.

Using this tool, you can say goodbye to tedious group emails forever. This is because the tool makes it easy to compare availability and work out an appropriate time for the meeting. You can do this even if the people who need to attend the meeting are in different time-zones. In addition to Doodle, you can use tools like Teem to streamline face-to-face meetings. Using this tool, you can automate the meeting room displays to direct participants to the right room and let them know when they’re up.

4.     Marketing Tools

Another area in the workplace where automation is evident is marketing. Marketing tools are completely transforming how businesses interact with their customers. Examples of these tools are intelligent chatbots and e-mail marketing software. Using the marketing tools, the marketing department can make many tasks less time-consuming.

A real-world example of a marketing tool that is automating marketing tasks is Marketo. Before this tool was launched, marketers everywhere had to create, design, and send emails to a wide range of contacts manually. With Marketo, they can simply enter their email-marketing campaign parameters, and everything will happen automatically.

For example, you can program the tool to send a follow-up email to people who opened the first email that you sent. Similarly, you can program chatbots to give automated responses to inquiries. This will allow businesses to deliver the desired customer service quickly while saving on both time and money.

5.     Facility Management

In a small organization, facility management can be handled by only a few employees. At times, you may not need more than two or three people to maintain and repair the building. However, automation is almost necessary for larger organizations. In these organizations, automation systems assist the facility management team to take care of both the small and big tasks related to their work. This include thermostat adjustment and emergency repair alerts.

These are just 5 of the many real-world examples of how automation is changing the workplace today. For more examples of automation in the workplace, keep following us.

 


by Bobby J Davidson

We love our company and we love what we do.  Check out the ‘Why Percento‘ page to learn more: Love of Technology and Business!  As the President of Percento Technologies International, I provide day-to-day leadership to the company’s senior management and I am personally involved in the strategy, business development and sales activities of the firm.

The company was founded in 1999 with the purpose of providing a one call source for organizations in need of Enterprise IT Consulting and Management.  We also provide a line of products in the boutique Cloud Server space with a touch of high-end website strategy consulting and design services.   We personalizes the IT Service experience with a team approach, working with clients from diverse sectors of industry, including energy services, financial, legal, entertainment, healthcare, hospitality, retail and general and/or corporate business.  percentotech.com/contact

The Best and Most Interesting Fitness Technology to Get Excited About in 2019

Fitness Technology You don’t need fancy equipment to get healthy or build muscles. Instead, you can achieve your fitness goals by running around the park and picking up heavy items such as rocks, dumbbells, and kettlebells. While technological gadgets are not necessary for building muscles and getting back into shape, they can make the process simpler, more efficient, and perhaps more enjoyable. Here, we will look at the best and most interesting technology to get excited about in 2019.

CES 2019 Gave Us a Lot of Exciting New Fitness Technology

If you began 2019 with health and fitness goals in mind, then getting in shape may have just gotten easier for you. This is because CES 2019 gave us a lot of exciting new fitness technology that makes getting into shape a breeze. For those who don’t know what CES is, it is an annual trade exhibition organized by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

One of the most awaited events in the tech calendar, CES takes place in Las Vegas in January each year. The event attracts technology experts, consumers, and some of the biggest names in the tech industry. Every year, CES is host to the prominent technology companies that showcase some of their latest inventions. It is also a platform for startups and upcoming brands to introduce their innovations to the world. Companies focused on fitness technology are also part of this.

Just like previous events, 2019 CES was an event where we saw a lot of ‘cool’ new technology. This includes high-tech fitness technology aimed at helping people became the best possible version of themselves. Most of the fitness technology in CES 2019 centered around practicality, convenience, and app connectivity. Also, the brands that had put up these technologies on display were focused on helping consumer ‘personalize’ their fitness plan. Following are some of the fitness technology on display at CES 2019 that fits this fill:

1.     JaxJox KettleBellConnect

A smart kettlebell, JaxJox comes with adjustable weight options. The weight on the kettlebell can be adjusted from twelve pounds up to forty-two pounds. One of the best fitness technologies on display at CES 2019, the JaxJox KettleBellConnect eliminates the need to maintain an entire rack of bells at home.

However, the benefits of this smart kettlebell go beyond space spacing. The kettlebell is equipped with sensors that allow you to monitor your workout’s duration, intensity, and content. Featuring a rotating weight-selection core, the kettlebell functions through a bullet tracking system. Because of this, you can drop the kettlebell’s weight between 6 and 20 kg within seconds. This helps to save time and space.

2.     Mirror Fitness

A product of a startup based in New York, Mirror Fitness is an LCD mirror that allows users to live stream fitness classes from their home or wherever they may be. This is great news for all those people who get a lot of requests for conducting fitness classes on social media, YouTube, etc.  Doubling as a full-length mirror, the LCD mirror can change into a screen on which you can view on-demand fitness classes. Operate through an app, the technology looks like a standard mirror.

In addition to streaming on-demand classes, you can enable a competition mode by synching the mirror with an Apple Watch or Bluetooth heart rate monitor. This will allow you to monitor your ability to accomplish, keep up, and recoup from your target heart rate zones.

3.     The Matrix Powerwatch 2

Do you use a fitness watch to keep track of your training sessions? If yes, then you’d know how frustrating it can be when your watch’s battery dies during a session. Not being able to track your training sessions and sharing the results online is nothing short of a nightmare. The good news is that the Matrix Powerwatch 2 is here to save the day.

Unlike a traditional fitness watch, the Matrix Powerwatch 2 draws power from ambient light and your body heat. The watch comes with a calorie counting function, heart rate monitoring, and built-in GPS. Additionally, it can be integrated with third-party platforms such as Google Fit and Apple’s HealthKit. People have quickly warmed up to the first version of the watch and the watch has easily achieved its goals with lots of time to spare.

4.     FightCamp

FightCamp is the perfect fitness technology for all those who have an interest in boxing but don’t want to get a gym or boxing club membership for it. A smart fitness system, FightCamp has been designed to allow people to practice boxing at home. The system includes gloves, punching bag, and exercise mat, and hand wraps.

However, the special thing about FightCamp is that it comes with gloves that have a connected sensor. This allows users to record every hit and they receive feedback in the form of a score via an app. Additionally, you can get access to FightCamp workouts by subscribing to a monthly package.

5.     Withings Move ECG

A dedicated ECG function is one of the best features of the Apple Watch 4. Seeing the popularity of this Apple Watch 4 function, other companies have also started to offer similar features. An example of this is the Withings Move ECG. An analog fitness tracker, the Withings Move ECG comes with a battery that can last a full year, depending on usage.

As for the function of the tracker, it takes a full-on ECG and provides the report of this to your phone after you place your fingers on specific areas. After you receive the report on your phone, you can decide whether you need to reach out to a specialist. The analog fitness trackers can also monitor routine stuff like your speed, step, and exercise performance. This is great news when you consider that the Withings Move ECG is just a piece of wrist wear.

There you have it—the 5 technological innovations that could change how you think about fitness in 2019 and beyond.


by Bobby J Davidson

We love our company and we love what we do.  Check out the ‘Why Percento‘ page to learn more: Love of Technology and Business!  As the President of Percento Technologies International, I provide day-to-day leadership to the company’s senior management and I am personally involved in the strategy, business development and sales activities of the firm.

The company was founded in 1999 with the purpose of providing a one call source for organizations in need of Enterprise IT Consulting and Management.  We also provide a line of products in the boutique Cloud Server space with a touch of high-end website strategy consulting and design services.   We personalizes the IT Service experience with a team approach, working with clients from diverse sectors of industry, including energy services, financial, legal, entertainment, healthcare, hospitality, retail and general and/or corporate business.  percentotech.com/contact