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Our Tech Predictions for 2017

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Dec 9, 2016 · 6 min read

Every December, we take a look back at big ideas from the past twelve months that promise to gain momentum in the new year. With more than eleven thousand projects launched between our Design and Tech categories in 2016, we have a nice sample to draw from. More importantly, we have a community of forward-thinking backers who help creators figure out which versions of the future to pursue. Here are some of the emerging trends we expect to see more of in 2017.

Ossic

Next-level listening

Vi

Everyday artificial intelligence

One of the factors driving this talking AI boom is the emergence of platforms like Microsoft’s Cognitive Service, Amazon’s Alexa, and Google’s Speech API, which allow product developers to focus on user experience rather than low-level speech processing. For the DIY set, Seeed’s ReSpeaker offers a turnkey devkit for working with these services, and we’ll surely see more tools for integrating AI voice interfaces into all manner of products.

Blubel

Collective intelligence and community-sourced data

Kano’s Speaker Kit

Hackable devices for kids

Beyond education, hackability has the benefit of keeping a toy fresh and interesting as kids grow. We expect to see more kids’ products incorporate customizable elements that invite youngsters to reinvent and remix their playthings.

Wazer

A factory on your desktop

Space research and history

Slow Dance

Tech art for the home

Want to see if these predictions pan out? Stay up to date on the latest innovations on Kickstarter—check out Projects We Love in Design and Tech and subscribe to our Invent newsletter.

By Nick Yulman, Senior Curation Specialist, Design & Technology

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