The Next Year in Tech?

Our top 3 predictions about what technology might look like in 2018

2017 saw a rise in software technology. Most tech companies were working on trying to add a new type of software to some of their current products or even some new, never-before-seen products. Many of these corporations never truly got to implement this software with hardware, so it seems as if 2018 is the year they will do so. The rate that tech has grown over the past decade has exponentially increased every new year, and there is no reason that is false this year. These are our top 3 predictions about what technology might focus on this year.

  1. More Mainstreamed Automated Vehicles

This upcoming year, it looks like many automotive vehicle companies will begin implementing the idea of a “self-driving car” within their own vehicles. Companies such as Tesla have already started to do implement self-driving in their smart vehicles, but this year many others may follow them. Within newer vehicles, companies such as Toyota or Chevy may begin to experiment with self-driving, but probably actually implement a system in which there is assisted driving, but not 100% automated driving.

2. Machine Learning on Most Devices

In the past year, forms of machine learning and artificial intelligence were brought to devices such as Google Assistant and Amazon Echo to allow them to become more efficient machines. Other devices ranging from smart TVs to smart cars may begin to have machine learning technology to allow them to better complete required tasks in a more efficient manner. This allows for smarter devices to better our society by allowing people to spend less time to do what they want.

3. Augmented Reality (AR) becomes Streamlined

2017 was the year virtual reality started to take off. 2018 will be the year in which augmented reality will take off. Ikea already added an AR feature on their app that lets you select a piece of furniture and then when you hold your phone camera in the room, it virtually displays that piece of furniture in your room. This is only the surface of AR tech. Microsoft is working on HoloLens, a complete AR headset where you can virtually “draw in the air” or “watch Netflix on a wall”. Other companies will soon follow and the tech may even be compatible with current smartphones; you may just have your own small AR headset that you can slip your phone into and see some virtual content in the real world.

Overall, the future of tech looks much brighter than the previous year, and hopefully, we will see groundbreaking technological innovations that benefit us all. Welcome to 2018.