Technology is revolutionising the way we live our lives and rapidly changing the world around us. From 3D printers producing human organs to virtual reality providing next-level experiences, the huge advancements of the tech world are having an incredible impact on both our personal and business lives. So what does the future hold in light of this massive digital shift? Lets take a look at some of the most influential trends having the biggest impact.
Virtual reality is already a given. Increasingly portable VR equipment will provide experiences that don't just replicate everyday life but instead enhance and even challenge it. Previously unobtainable hardware has finally made its way into the hands of consumers, providing unique experiences to the public.
Internet of Things
The Internet of Things is a game changer as consumers and businesses recognise the benefits of connecting devices to the internet. We are becoming interconnected with more devices than ever before, with an estimated 50 billion devices by 2020. By linking smart objects to the internet, IoT enables the exchange of data allowing users to control and communicate with everyday gadgets like never before. The main benefit of growth for IoT will be increased efficiency and lower costs, however many consumers are hesitant to use devices as security problems remain an issue.
Some industry experts refer to 3D printing as the next digital industrial revolution. This emerging digital trend solves problems and creates solutions in industries such as healthcare, manufacturing and science. Homes will be built, automotive parts produced and possibly even 3D printed food will be consumed. The biggest challenge will be the development of materials for these machines.
These machines are designed to help with decision making and can ultimately remove the need for human beings. Able to deliver greater efficiency, robotics companies have given us automatic lawn mowers and virtual personal assistants. Production robots are easily programmed to carry out repetitive or dangerous tasks 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Wearable computing is quickly moving into mainstream society led by the growing health and fitness markets. Experts suggest that by 2020 wearables will become far more high-tech capturing what the wearer sees, hears and even feels. The current technical hurdles such as poor battery life and bandwidth are quickly fading to reveal huge opportunities for commercial gain.