Every year we take a deep breath before opening our inboxes after the Christmas festive season, and watch as they overflow with hundreds of emails of what’s cooking in the industry. Last year we had the boom of the wireless headsets, so what’s to come in 2018?
Here are a few of our predictions of the digital trends in the tech world, we don’t always get it right but we’ll see how accurate our predictions are soon.
“Touch-less” voice assistant explodes
The rise of the smart assistant was the big story of 2017, the biggest being Alexa. Alexa was inserted into everything from speakers and lights to cars and even furniture. We predict that this year there will be an explosion in the voice of the computer; more people will embrace it as it becomes more resourceful and versatile.
Imagine if “touch-less” assistants had cameras and detailed geolocation abilities which could use computer vision sensors to determine whose in your house and where they’re standing. This will allow for the camera to do the work, having the ability to identify what you are looking at or holding. A feature that would make ordering your grocery lists a whole lot easier. Expect to see voice assistant connected to everything it isn’t already connected to.
Leading us to our next prediction of smart homes.
With the explosion of voice assistants, we predict that users will be sold on getting all of the bits and bobs to go with it. Having the voice assistant enables you to control the lights for example, but you need the smart lights in order to make use of that feature, a huge driver for installing all of the smart home products.
Not only will smart homes boom but smart everything. From commercial spaces to health care, to smaller objects like smart locks and “a smart button”, all giving you easy control over things just with a touch of a button or the sound of your voice.
Autonomous cars are the “in thing” and don’t get us wrong they’re awesome, however, electric cars are well… electric. With the mass growth of infrastructure and the human population do we really need more gas pipelines and gas stations? Or do we need more battery chargers in shopping parking lots?
Large tech companies have a huge interest in auto’s, to list a few: Intel’s “under the hood” technology, Nvidia leaders in the machine-vision which lets cars pilot themselves and Dragon speech recognition pioneer which aims to help you chat to your car. However, our prediction for 2018 is that the electric car market will explode having a lot of new entries in the space e.g. The 2018 Leaf by Nissan, Solo and Byton.
The death of wires is imminent. Cota launched a product in November last year called “The Forever Battery”, an alternative to AA batteries as it’s wirelessly charged. We predict that in 2018 you will be able to charge all your gadgets wirelessly through a “power bank”. A wireless world – what a pleasing thought, whereby our devices are charged when we merely walk into a room.
AR vs. VR
We believe VR to be the latest hip, cool technology trend. However, we don’t think that VR has completely nailed it in terms of customer engagement. For one, there isn’t much appeal in being stuck behind a headset whilst hanging out with friends and family, after all, experiences are best shared. AR, on the other hand, seems to be advancing as smartphone technology evolves. A huge contributor to this will be the AR glasses, something many companies are already showing off. We predict that AR will BOOM in 2018.
And with that, we will have to wait for 2019 to see if we are on the money with some, if not all, of our predictions. An interesting year ahead, we can’t wait to use new, evolving technology to innovate and create.