Each year companies compete for our attention by releasing the latest and greatest technology to hopefully take the place of last year’s tech cash cow. The market is there for sure, as technology has become a constant part of our lives. From the sound of our phone alarm waking us up in the morning to the Netflix we watch or Kindle we read before we go to bed, our connection is continuous — and somehow still growing. Here are six of the new top trends in technology to watch out for this year…
1. Non-Handheld Devices
In 2014 it was Google Glass, last year Apple released its smartwatch, and we don’t expect this year to be any different. As mobile devices expand beyond our hands, there will continue to be a clear attempt to seamlessly sync the user and the device. While some wearables wear better than others (Google Glass stopped production in January 2015 to revisit its product model after criticism and lawsuits) we predict more attempts will be made to create a truly wireless world (in December 2015 Google applied to the FCC for its new version of Glass).
2. 3-D Printing
When a college student printed 3-D braces for himself to wear, the world was awoken to how real and applicable this new technology could really be. 3-D printing will continue to evolve and expand to more industries as an increased number of materials are able to be converted. From printing prescription pills to the possibility of biological use (printing human organs), this far-stretching technology will prove to be incredibly shocking, useful, and controversial.
3. Intelligent Agents
We know machines can apply the knowledge we give it, but when you see a man in China shopping with his robot maids you wonder how much perception and reaction can come into play? Machines will continue to become more intelligent as they are created not only to perform, but to understand and adapt. We will see this develop in the form of robots and other autonomous agents.
4. Virtual Reality
While some companies are focusing on mobile devices for users, others are trying to make users more mobile — without them having to move at all. Virtual reality is being embedded into all kinds of apps so that the “try before you buy” strategy can be applied to more aspects of our life. One company on the forefront of this trend is Rukkus, a ticket-buying app that finds you the best deals on events by accessing prices from the largest ticketing vendors. To help shoppers get a better idea of what they’ll see from each seat, Rukkus offers Seat Views, a video showing 360 views of the venue from that exact vantage point.
5. Stronger Security
According to studies, 30,000 websites are hacked every signal day. As the threat of hacking continues, companies will further prioritize security. Conventional blocking methods will be complemented by new strategies for minimizing and interpreting threats. As digital attacks become more advanced and intricate, the management of hacking will become more defensive and offensive. IT professionals must evolve with their enemies, and find ways to not only protect companies from threats but also actively identify potential problems before they hit.
6. Service Integration
Many credit Instagram’s success with its original openness to sharing. The app allowed users to easily share their posts on other social platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, creating organic word of mouth marketing. This sort of integration is going to become the norm among services, as companies consider the way their products and services work with others. This spider web of service integration will be another step towards the never ending intertwined digital experience we will come to realize as the new technological norm.