With the new year upon us, it is time for us to look forward toward the next big thing in the world of technology. Same as any other year that has come before it, 2017 is sure to come with its own problems and solutions, which will shape the way we use technology.
At this point, we take a leap into the future to look at some exciting 2017 tech trends that we expect to shape the technology space in the coming months.
Virtual Reality Technology
A lot has been said about the expected bright future of the field of virtual technology, with many analysts predicting that it will have grown into a $30 billion industry as early as 2020. Although this technology remained on the periphery of mainstream culture through most of 2015, it has really come into its own in the last 12 months. This time, it really looks like VR could finally reach the masses during the course of 2017.
Virtual Reality technology has come a long way from the time Google first put it closer to the people with its release of Cardboard in 2014, improving the performance of the technology and making it more affordable. In just a year of its release, several of the world’s leading manufacturers also launched their own VR headsets, something that pushed the technology into mainstream adoption.
Facebook-owned company Oculus kick started the race with its release of the Oculus Rift headset late in March, with HTC quickly following suit with its own Vive device in April. August saw Samsung drop its revamped Gear VR, along with the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 smart phone, which kept the VR momentum going until the long-awaited PlayStation VR from Sony joined the fray in October. The cycle closed in November with the Google release of the predecessor to the Cardboard headset, Daydream View.
VR is definitely a top pick to influence the 2017 tech trends!
Augmented Reality Experiences
Next on the list of 2017 tech trends is Augmented Reality. The field of Augmented Reality is also developing at a rapid pace. In fact, the mind-blowing success of the Pokémon Go game is enough proof in many analysts’ eyes to show that this technology has the potential to influence the consumer in meaningful and engaging ways.
Similar to the expectations of industry analysts, Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, has consistently said that he believes AR tech could potentially be bigger than Virtual Reality and it would appear that the iPhone maker is pulling out all the stops to get in on the action.
In 2015, the Cupertino-based company acquired Metaio, a company that develops augmented reality experiences. Although the company has subsequently kept mum about its Augmented Reality program, there are many reports that have been surfacing in various forums online in the last year. For example, in early November, the firm was rumored to be developing its own AR device that is similar to Google Glass. While it may seem that we will have to wait a bit longer to see how this story develops, there is one thing for sure – there will be a whole lot more talk on AR in 2017.
Although this would probably have been a terrifying sight just a few short years back, there is a good chance that we will start to see many more driverless vehicles on the road within the next year. With the technology continuously evolving and developing, even the titans of the motoring world are taking an interest in autonomous vehicles. The existing race to develop self-driving cars has really heated up in 2016, and good results should not be far behind.
Since Tesla first debuted its “Autopilot” feature way back in 2015, the company has been steadily building up its vehicles’ autonomous capabilities and has demonstrated the vast potential that self-driving technology could bring to the future of motoring.
On a different front, developers of autonomous driving software and systems have also been pushing the envelope by developing newer and more robust algorithms and real-time object detection systems, which should make autonomous cars safer and more reliable. There is no doubt that autonomous vehicles is going to have one of the biggest impact on the 2017 tech trends scene.
Smart Homes and Smarter Virtual Assistants
It may be slightly less exciting, but one thing is clear: our homes are bound to get much more interactive and functional in 2017. Following the surprising success of Amazon’s home virtual assistant, the Echo, Google quickly moved to release its own smart speaker that is positioned to rival that of the e-commerce giant.
There are also recent rumors swirling around that Samsung and Apple are also working on developing similar devices. When you take into account the fact that Google and Amazon can both leverage their respective Alexa and Assistant AI systems to be the brains behind their smart speakers, this speculation is hardly far-fetched.
In addition, Apple took the step to open up its own virtual assistant, Siri, to third-party developers and it would be logical for it to be ported to other devices.
With so many interesting projects and developments on the table, 2017 will definitely not disappoint when it comes to technology!
These are just some of the hottest 2017 Tech Trends expected. Add your comments below and let us know but what do you think will be a game changer this year.