Device synchronization for all
We want everything to be connected, because lets face it, seamless connection makes life easier. So when companies announce that meshing all devices (mobile devices, wearable, consumer/home electronic devices, automotive devices and environmental devices) may be possible in 2016, we naturally freak out and want (correction: need) it to happen. This can enhance our ability to access applications and interact with people at any place on any device. I welcome 2016 with my arms open.
Transportation takes no work
If you told me at the beginning of 2015 there would be hoverboards and self-driving cars, I would have laughed. Both Apple and Google have come a long way in self-drive technology. With BMW, Tesla, Mercedes, Audi and Ford all racing to be the first to release connected-car systems, we will be seeing a lot more auto-pilot…but for cars. As for a more portable transportation device, the hoverboard is making a huge scene in the tech industry. I mean, these things are flying off the shelves (even when they catch on fire). Following this, drones are becoming increasingly more advanced and are another way to transport things fast. With Amazon hot on this technology, it’s no wonder drones are innovating at a speedy rate.
Say goodbye to college…or at least recruiting from campuses
College tuition is going up and up, and organizations are realizing this. For example, Goldman Sachs has partnered with MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) and is even recruiting their new employees through it. They’re not only able to train and customize the online experience, but also track progress and see program impact. Saving time and money is MOOC’s main selling point, and it’s growing at a fast rate each year. Why spend $80,000 on college when you can take courses online and get that dream job? My second question is, why am I in college?
Wearables, wearables and wearables
Wearables are beginning to be for everyone. The Fitbit is widely popular with people ranging from very athletic to not much at all. The Apple Watch, Pebble and Samsung Gear also made a splash. Reviews of these are so-so, but there is no doubt that 2016’s improvements will change these reviews to “can’t live without it”. Plus, wearables are being designed to get less noticeable and bulky, and therefore, more popular. We see this with Google redesigning the impressive (but not really wearable for people yet) Google Glass.
3D printing expands
The materials that 3D printers are using are increasing to not only carbon fiber, but also glass, chocolate, pharmaceuticals, biological materials and more. These materials are leading to practical applications that revolutionize many industries. With 3D printing breaking into more sectors including energy, automotive and military, its no wonder demand is soaring.
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