6 Day-To-Day Products You Use That Require Coding
When we think of coding, often we think of computer programs and social media feeds. However, coding is an essential component of almost every single product we use. Ralph Lauren for example, are working on a shirt with silver fibres woven directly into the fabric. These fibres will connect with your smartphone and give you instantaneous workout data. To be honest, I don’t want any device reminding me that I haven’t exercised in about 3 years and I definitely don’t want them telling me where last night’s chocolate bar ended up, so don’t be expecting any money from me Ralph… Anyway, you get the point. As technology continues to develop in ways we didn’t think possible, we will need more and more people who read, write and understand code. Here are eight products you use that require code in order to function:
Most of us know that Facebook has an algorithm that changes what you see on your newsfeed based on what you talk about and what you engage with on a day-to-day basis. Have you ever popped a shirt into the shopping cart of an online store and found that shirt following you across your social feeds weeks later? Yup. That’s code.
2. Fruit and Veg
Most fruit and veg are grown in temperature regulated greenhouses, with computers monitoring things like soil and water. All of these components require code in some shape or form that is designed to produce the biggest, juiciest eatables. They haven’t figured out a way to make fruit and vegetables more appealing to kids though, so hopefully that’s the next step.
The water heater that makes your shower as hot as you like it requires a coded preset microprocessor that monitors both the temperature and water pressure.
4. Running shoes
This is a great example of a product that is starting to incorporate more and more code in their features and functions. Nike+ embeds code into some of their shoes that connects with your smartphone so you can monitor things like speed and distance. This feature is amazing for athletes and those with New Year’s Resolutions and accompanying gym memberships.
5. A shopping list
The machines in factories that are used to create paper, from taking specially grown tree crops and turning them into the thing that hangs off your fridge, uses code. Funny how we’re using code to create products that we’re using code to reduce the use of.
6. Traffic lights
Driving your car to work or the school pickup means you’re constantly engaging with code. Traffic lights, for example, are coded to respond to busier times of the day.