Even though technology appears to be getting more complicated, more expensive and refreshed more often this generally ensures that it is enjoyed by everyone much sooner. The big problem is that unless the new component parts are mass produced in sufficient numbers to reduce the price point it stays out of reach for the masses. However when the marquee players like Apple, Google, Samsung etc. introduce new innovations they tend to enter product ecosystems much sooner. 2017 has been a very interesting year for technology and in this update I thought I would share a few of the innovations which I predict that when they enter the mass market will disrupt the technology we use at home and in work.
Facial Recognition – The iPhone X will introduce Facial Identification via their True depth camera which uses 30k light sensors projected on the face to create an encrypted facial map to aid authentication instantly on the device
Real Time Translation – Google’s Pixel Bud headphones will bring real-time translation with Google Translate. Just touch and hold the right earbud to activate the Google Assistant on your Pixel 2 mobile and the in built speaker will translate what you say. There are 40 languages available today.
Cameras – The new high end smartphones now have near SLR quality dual cameras that can record in 4k and have x10 zoom for photos and x6 zoom for video
Virtual Reality – Both Google and Facebook via Oculus are making great strides in Augmented and Virtual reality. Oculus is offering a standalone headset in early 2018 for just $199 which will bring the price point to a consumable level.
Charging – The new high end smartphones are all offering wireless charging
Stylus – Samsung and Apple are both offering more options with regards to stylus/pens/Spens where they are starting to be more pen like rather than the size of a piece of chalk
Voice Controlled Smart Speakers – This year Amazon, Google and Apple very soon are all bringing out various sizes of “always on” smart speakers for the home.
If you just consider the above elements these could easy be incorporated into anything that requires authentication, video conferences, home security plus removing the wires on every device we use, so sit back as everything we use today is about to change for the better and good riddance to all those cables.