Top 5 tech trends for 2017 revealed at CES
We’re here in Las Vegas, Nevada, celebrating 50 years of innovative tech at one of the world’s largest consumer electronic shows. We’ll be covering all the latest news and events live from the event to bring you the latest breaking tech innovations.
So, what can we expect 2017 to bring us in the world of technology? We caught up with the experts to discover the top tech trends you need to watch out for this year…
1. Virtual reality hits the masses
It’s absolutely no secret that virtual reality has been one of the most exciting and anticipated breaking technologies of 2016. So, is 2017 going to be even bigger?
CES experts seem to think so. We’ve been given the nudge that VR sales are set to be up a huge +79% in 2017. VR is not just for gaming though. Although we’ve seen huge releases from the likes of PlayStation with their VR headset, this innovative new tech could change many more aspects of our day-to-day lives, from how we shop to how we book a holiday.
2016 saw lots of big names jumping on the VR bandwagon - most recently the likes of Samsung and Google have released their own smartphone compatible headsets. It’s the VR video content, however, that CES experts are predicting advancement in for 2017. With more 360 video becoming available and VR to be made available in the cinemas of tomorrow, it’s no surprise that VR is set to be “the future of entertainment”.
2. The new voice of computers and smart tech
Computers have come a long, long way in a very short space of time. The powerful feather-light laptops of today are a far cry from the bulky monitors with sluggish processors of the 90’s. But just 46 years after the first floppy disk was released, we are now able to operate a computer just by using our voice.
Voice recognition is predicted to become very popular in the coming years. As our homes become smarter and more connected, we will need a way to control a variety of different devices using one simple system – and that’s where voice activation comes in.
With the release of Amazon Echo and Alexa, we are already getting more control and convenience in our homes. Using voice commands that are intercepted by the speaker, Alexa, the personal voice assistant, can do anything from ordering a taxi to turning up your heating. This idea of a “smart home hub” that you can control with your voice could soon be commonplace in our homes.
So where will voice control go next? Well, experts at CES are predicting that your gadgets won’t just be able to recognise and converse with a human voice, but the voices of different individuals, giving each user a totally personalised experience. They’re also estimating that voice activated digital assistants will double in 2017, taking the numbers to 5 million.
3. Smart home and connected living
Speaking of connected technology - it's set that we will see more and more smart gadgets in our homes in 2017.
We already own more connected devices than we realise in our home, from Smart TVs to tablets and smartphones. This number is set to increase with the emergence of the smart home. Our lives seem to be getting busier, so it’s no surprise that we’re looking for ways to make everyday chores that little bit easier.
Smart home tech is all about making small changes that give you and your family more convenience - and there’s a smart gadget for every room in your house. In the kitchen, there are already washing machines that automatically measure your detergent by load, and then order you some more when you’re running low. This year at CES, we’ve also seen fridge cameras that take photos of the inside of your fridge. No more wondering if you’ve got any milk left when you’re at the supermarket – simply check your smartphone and see what groceries you’re running low on.
It doesn’t just stop at smart home, though. CES experts predict that this kind of smart home tech will eventually evolve into smart cities – blending our lives even more with technology.
4. Health tech keeping us in check
More and more of us are becoming conscious about our health, and wearable tech like fitness bands and smart watches are helping us keep our bodies and diet in check. A rise in our health consciousness could play a big part in this year's technology trends; CES experts are expecting the number of people using wearable tech to double from 2015 to 2020.
It’s not just tech for counting steps either – there’s been some weird but wonderful tech emerging lately. From the Helios smart ring that alerts you if you’re not getting enough Vitamin D from the sun to a mouth guard that can check for concussions in sport, technology is finding more innovative ways to help us look after ourselves.
5. Tech that’s driving transport and innovating drones
It might still sound very futuristic, but driverless cars are actually on the roads - Google vehicles have self-driven over 2 million miles so far. Although this is still a technology in its infancy, CES experts predict that eventually driverless cars will be a part of everyday life. Big car brand names like Ford and Honda have already created their own versions of self-driven models. Could you be driving one in future?
Drones are also set to see a big boost in sales for 2017. CES experts predict that drone ownership will be up a whole +40% in 2017. Some companies are already looking into how drones can be used in security. If you receive an alert that someone is trying to get in to your house, you can deploy a drone to investigate while you are away from your home.
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