5 Technologies That Will Be Trending in 2016


Usually, technologies progress not when innovative ideas are delivered, but when it becomes adapted to people's everyday lives. 2015 was the year when we have seen a breakthrough in many cases - virtual assistants settled down in our homes and smartphones while various supercomputers began to work as language translators and even treat cancer.

This year we're going to see a lot of innovation: from prototypes to new players in markets and our lives. However, today let’s talk about five technologies which this year will be in the spotlight more than anything.

Virtual reality



This year will be the largest virtual reality test. Millions of consumers have already spent their holidays unpacking the first virtual reality devices available on the market, however there may be some that are left disappointed - even though VR content is interesting, it's still very limited.

This year the final Oculus Rift version will be presented, which can be described as "a new level of storytelling." Imagine that you can see not only the VR content, but also, be a part of a story. So instead of IMAX, there is a huge chance that everyone is going to use You-MAX - an impressive technology that will respond to your physical presence. Of course the content for these VR headsets is going to cost a lot at first, but as the technology becomes more affordable it probably won't be long before VR becomes a large part of our everyday lives.

Smart objects



This year will also see a shift or change in the way we use the Internet as the focus shifts to smart objects - everyday products with processing power that will be connected to the Internet.

Connecting via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth directly to a control centre which will more than likely be a smartphone, these 'smart objects' will be visually indistinguishable from their more conventional brothers. Cups, door handles, chairs and more will become 'smart' by monitoring their own time and frequency of use allowing them to better adapt to their own environment whether in an office or in a home.

Drones



New Drone registration laws in different countries threaten to slow down the development of the drone market, but this year it is expected to see a breakthrough. There will be an increasing number of drones that can carry people, and small drones will become the new 'must have' children's toys in every home.

The first commercial product launches should be met this year with companies such as Amazon and Walmart.

Smart skateboards



For smart skateboards (more commonly known as a hoverboard) 2015 wasn’t a year of great success - although overseas sales were growing rapidly, reports of fires and human injury slowed down sales.

Despite this however their popularity is still very much alive and we can bravely predict that we are going to see more and more "Segways" and other intelligent devices with safe and tested batteries and improved functionality.

Biotechnology-based safety



Last year we saw a number of biometric security projects including Apple and Samsung's fingerprint recognition functions, although the new gesture recognition systems left much to be desired. Many experts agree that the best biotechnology-based invention so far is face recognition software and hardware based on the Windows 10 system.

“Windows Hello” does not work without an Intel Real3Dcamera, but when up and running it works flawlessly. Given the software and hardwares success this year we can expect to see more and more computers with “Windows Hello” and with this shift to biometric security we can guarantee that other technology companies will follow too, saying goodbye to password based systems and embracing biometric security systems. So, welcome to the future! 


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