These Hot Technologies of 2016 Will Be Even Bigger in 2017

Some of the hottest technology was just rolled out at the Consumer Electronics Show or CES in Las Vegas. The technology of 2017 will bring us closer to virtual reality and robots manage our everyday life. Much of the exciting innovations that were announced this year were debuted last year but will be enhanced for 2017.

Tesla’s Auto-Pilot Software

Back in November, the CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk made a game-changing announcement in the world of self-driving cars when he declared that Tesla would roll out new autopilot software that can make independent driving a reality, according to Business Insider. Although Tesla has had autopilot software available on its electric vehicles since 2014, the new and improved program, called Enhanced Autopilot will allow cars to park themselves. The previous version was limited to automatically steering and lane changing. Tesla models X, S and Model 3, which will come out later this year, will be equipped with the new driverless hardware. As a demonstration of the technology, By the end of 2017, Tesla plans to have a Tesla vehicle will drive itself across the country from Los Angeles to New York.

For the future, we can expect to see more autonomous driving automobiles on the road. In fact, taking the lead from Tesla, Hyundai just announced at this year’s CES that it’s Ionic will also have autonomous capabilities in 2017.

Slack, A New Productivity Software That Transforms Office Conversations

Slack, the intra-office messaging system, developed by the founder of Flickr, is one of the fastest-growing office software programs out there. Since launching just three years ago, the program now has more than two million users a day. Slack provides a central location for colleagues to communicate through chat rooms and instant messages. This reduces the amount of time that is spent on email. That is why Slack is now taking the place of email in many companies. It is more convenient and easy-to-use. In addition, Slack makes it easy to access important files, spreadsheets and other information no matter where you are. In addition, Slack works just as well on your smartphone or tablet as it does on your work desktop. Although Slack’s features have been around for a while, other programs have failed to gain the momentum that Slack has. What makes Slack so different from the rest? Slack is designed in such a way that it allows multiple people to collaborate. Messages are funneled into streams that everyone can see. In addition, it allows coworkers to “overhear conversations”. Another big plus with Slack is its mobile capabilities, according to MIT Technology Review. More and more people are using mobile devices to access information both in the workplace and outside of it. This makes Slack a valuable productivity tool that we will likely see become ever more popular in 2017.

The next Generation of Robotics Software: Robots That Act Like Humans

Although robots have been around since the 1970s, they have not been very efficient until now. The future of robotics is filled with innovations in custom software development. The technology of robots is emerging as we saw in 2016 with the advent of Alexa, Amazon’s voice-activated personal assistant. Although we are not there yet, in the future, robots may be capable of many things that will make life easier for many people. Assisting bedridden patients, packing items in warehouses and helping soldiers on the front lines are beyond the current scope of robotic technology. But, the next generation of robotics software will teach robots how to work side by side with humans to perform some of these tasks. In fact, the next generation of robots will have more of a human element and be able to perform human tasks better than ever before. The humanoid capabilities of the robots that debuted at this year’s CES amazed onlookers. UBTECH Robotics debuted Lynx this year. Lynx has a number of human-like capabilities. Lync can do ordinary daily tasks or take photos of your precious pet while you are away so that you know that Fluffy is doing okay while you are gone. Another robot that debuted this year, the LG Hub Robot, can show human emotions when it interacts with people. Stay tuned for more human-like capabilities in robots than ever before.

Virtual Reality Goes Mainstream

Virtual reality showed up on the scene in 2016. The whole world seemed excited for this new technology to emerge. The problem is that VR headsets were quite disappointing. Most were expensive, bulky and induce nausea. Expect that all to change in 2017. VR exhibitors increased more than 40 percent at this year’s CES, according to CES organizers. Some of the new technologies in VR will likely transform this segment. HTC introduced the Vive Tracker, an innovator in the world of virtual reality. This new device allows users to use virtually anything as a VR controller. What this means is that if you want to simulate a game of baseball, you can use an actual baseball bat as a controller, rather than a bulky VR controller. The HTC Vive Tracker is designed to be used with the HTC Vive System, which is HTC’s VR system that debuted in 2016.

With all of the innovations in custom software development, expect to see and hear a lot more about the innovative technology outlined above for 2017 and beyond.

What new technology are you most excited about?