Top Tech Trends for 2017

kristina_email-stampWritten by Kristina Grech
Customer Success

Jan 18 – (4 min read)

Ever since the industrial revolution, technology has developed quite rapidly. Each year, it gets more high tech, savvier and more aesthetically pleasing. Gone are the days, where you need multiple remote controls for each device, to go home or to the office just to send an email, or the tedious wait for an online purchase delivery. Lucky for us, that’s all over! Today, we have everything we need at just a click of a button, it’s instantaneous, and takes very little of our time. It’s amazing when you think about all the technology we have at our fingertips. We have access to a whole world of infinite information, that can be retrieved from even the tiniest of devices, and easily stored in the convenience of your smallest trouser pocket.

2017 will certainly be an interesting year for tech, with groundbreaking and bone shaking advancements. Here are the top technologies you definitely need to know about!

IoT and Smart Home Tech
Following last week’s blog, we’re not surprised that IoT (Internet of Things) made the cut. After all, it’s considered to be the next big thing after the advent of the internet! By means of networked integration between the internet and devices, the idea of a voice-controlled smart home is now totally taking shape and becoming a real thing. You’ll be able to control everything in your home through voice recognition. Yes, speaking to your devices is becoming a totally normal thing! Remember Siri and Ok Google? Well, now you can “Okay Google” and control your home technology. Want to watch the game? Or watch the latest episode of Game of Thrones? No problem! “Ok Google, play the the most recent episode of GOT”.

Since most products are now compatible with systems like Apple HomeKit, Google Home and Amazon Alexa you’ll be more integrated with your devices than ever before.

VR, AR, and Mixed Reality
I know this might sound very ‘Star Trek’, but people this is happening. Once you move past the sci-fi idea of it all, simply put, this technology allows us to interact with the digital world in a way that seems quite realistic. Let’s start by understanding what the difference between VR ‘Virtual Reality’ and AR ‘Augmented Reality’ is. So first off, VR allows people to visually transport themselves anywhere in the real or imagined world through special goggles. AR, on the other hand, layers digital objects on top of real-life settings. Some major advancements this past year include innovations like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Niantic’s Pokemon Go game. As for mixed reality, this combines the two, completely immersing the users into a world where they can summon holograms. This technology is thought to debut this year – so keep glued!

Wearable Tech
This has become somewhat of a hot commodity lately, and by the looks of it, it’s popularity will continue to increase this year. Wearable tech is being considered as one of the biggest new innovations in technology. Why? Well for starters, they’re not simply something trendy you get to wear, but they’ve also got smart sensors, low- energy Bluetooth, cloud computing, and the works, that allow you to wirelessly connect to your smartphone helping you achieve your goals. We’re not just talking about smart jewelry or high-fashion wearables but also about wearables that can track your mood and even that of your pets.

Smart Automobiles
We’ve seen plenty of news over the past year, about the development of self-driving vehicles such as the Tesla Model X and Google’s self-driving car. We’re sorry to have to burst your bubble though, these cars are estimated to be available for consumer use after the year 2020. Yes – That long I’m afraid! So what can you do to give your car that smart boost? Well, you can always opt for data-connected systems to add intelligence like Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto.

As you can see, technology has come a long way. It’s continuously evolving and will keep surprising us one Bit and Byte at a time. In this world of endless innovation, there will always be some new technology to look forward to. We can’t help but wait and wonder what the technological world has in store for us next!

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