A Look To The Future: 2017 Tech Trends
As each year comes and goes, new advancements in technology move us forward as a society. The unattainable no longer feels out of reach. Thirty years ago, the idea of a picture-taking, internet-browsing, music-playing communication device small enough to fit in your pocket seemed outrageous. Now 68% of adults in the United States use smartphones. Innovations are now occurring at faster rates and every year brings something new. What will 2017 have in store? Here’s what industry experts believe.
Virtual reality was hard to ignore in 2016. From Samsung to Google to Oculus, tech brands have gotten their foot in the virtual door. Currently, VR is more of a curiosity. The “college try” of technology, if you will. In 2017, it is expected that VR will make the transition into a more tangible tool for bringing life to the ordinary. Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg has big plans for virtual reality and showed his commitment by purchasing Oculus for a whopping $2 billion. Zuckerberg believes that VR is the platform of tomorrow and he is prepared to use it to create the most social platform ever. It is also believed that VR will make its way into home theaters in 2017.
Smarter Smart Homes
Smart home technology is expected to grow significantly in the upcoming year. A larger selection of quality products at an affordable price will drive the growth. Amazon’s Echo was released in summer 2015 and made waves in 2016. Google Home entered the game in November 2016, giving Amazon its first real competitor. In 2017 expect to see more in-home smart devices on the market. Apple HomeKit, which allows users to control their smart accessories from their phone, iPad or Apple Watch, will become a serious player in the smart home industry in 2017 due to more affordable smart devices hitting the market.
Smart watches took off in 2016 with the Apple Watch and Samsung Gear leading the way. In the near future, it is very possible that clothing will be made “smart” too. Google’s R&D teams have been beta testing a new wearable technology that is sewn into clothing, and is undetectable to the untrained eye. Project Jacquard is the name for Google’s wearable technology platform. Their goal is to create something that fashion brands can use in their clothing to enhance connectivity and convenience for their users. The patch of fabric can be woven into clothing and control smart devices like phones and appliances.
We live in an ever-changing world where new tech lies around every corner. What technological advancements do you hope to see in the near future? The possibilities are almost endless.