The rapid pace of technological advancement has created innovations that are expected to have a major impact in the near future. From new ways to visualize data to self-driving vehicles, there are numerous tech trends that are helping to shape the world of tomorrow. The following examples highlight just a handful of the trends, innovation and developments that are expected to hit big in the days to come.

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)

While the early buzz surrounding VR quickly dissipated, mostly due to the technological limitations of the time, today’s industry leaders are betting heavily on VR and AR apps. Other tech developments, such as the rise of wearable devices, promise to unlock the full potential of VR and AR. The ability to utilize a real-time data overlay may prove to be a real game changer, one with almost unlimited uses for both industrial and personal use. The growing sophistication and falling price point for most mobile devices means that VR, AR and other data-overlay applications are something consumers can expect to see a whole lot more of in the days ahead.

Autonomous Drones and Self-Driving Vehicles

The age of the self-driving car is here and it promises to have a major impact on everything from the transportation industry to city design and urban planning. Automated freight and autonomous airborne delivery drones promise nothing short of a revolution, one that has the potential to completely reshape commercial markets. From enhanced safety to lower operational costs and optimized efficiency, a self-driving future has the potential to be of benefit to a variety of different industries and facets of daily life. The total number of self-driving vehicles that are already on the road may come as a surprise to many drivers.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

From complex problem solving to the creation of smart-interfaces suitable for household use, there are no shortage of potential uses for AI applications. The exponential growth in digital processing power seen each year has given rise to the personal digital assistant, and that may be just the start in terms of the changes that AI may create. New breakthroughs and accomplishments within the field of AI are some of the most exciting developments throughout the world of tech and those who are seeking to enjoy a glimpse of what the future may hold would do well to keep an eye on the latest news and trends.

The Internet of Things (IoT)

The growing number of so-called smart devices and the enhanced information sharing that they are able to provide has a great deal to offer. Innovative new developments like satellite m2m and other technologies designed to facilitate the exchange of information between smart devices and automated equipment are poised to revolutionize the Internet as we know it. Technologies, such as cloud-computing services, off-site data storage and access to a greater range of smart and mobile devices than ever are laying the groundwork for a new and exciting digital future.

Other Trends to Watch Out For

There are no shortage of new technological developments on the horizon, many of which may create significant and lasting changes that may be felt for years to come. Trends like the growing popularity and increasing sophistication of wearable mobile devices, new breakthroughs in cloud-based computing services or the falling costs and greater access to on-site 3D-printing and micro-manufacturing technologies are all worth keeping an eye on. There are plenty of new tech trends, as well as existing technologies that may still be in their infancy, that may offer valuable insight into the changes and new developments that may be just around the corner.

 

by: Sia Hasan