Whether you’re a business owner who is already in the tech industry, or an aspiring entrepreneur thinking of entering it, it’s a good idea to stay up-to-date on the fast-growing technology field. This year, new technologies will enhance and update many aspects of our lives: how we learn, interact, and do business. Here’s what to look out for in 2016:
- Consumer Technology
Gadgets like smartphones seem to be reaching a point where people are asking, “Do I really need to upgrade? This phone can already do everything.” What you’ll see this year is the growth of tablets that act like computers. That’s what Apple is hoping to accomplish with the iPad Pro this year. With an iOS that’s becoming more versatile, the iPad will increasingly be able to do what a Mac can do.
Another theme to look out for is interconnectivity. From phones and tablets, to computers, to even cars, various technology is getting connected. You can answer a call from your tablet, or send an email from your car. Increasing connectivity is going to be a big theme during the year of 2016.
- 3-D Printing
If you’ve been keeping up-to-date with technology news, you know the accomplishments of 3-D printing have been outstanding. Recently, the medical field has been exploring the process of 3-D bioprinting. Medical researchers can generate cell patterns, in which cell function is totally real. Bioprinting can create skin tissue, heart tissue, and even blood vessels. It’s something that can save thousands of people who need transplants.
- Cognitive Computing
You’ve likely heard of the IBM supercomputer Watson, which beat two Jeopardy champions when it made its debut in 2011. In 2016, expect this kind of cognitive computing system to become increasingly commonplace. What’s fascinating about supercomputers is that they are able to process quantities of data far superior to what humans are capable of. Supercomputers are being developed to also have emotional intelligence.You may soon encounter applications of all this research in your daily life. From concierges in hotel lobbies, to cleaning services, robots can often do a human’s job, but better.
- Wearable Technology
Last year, Apple unveiled the Apple Watch, a wearable, data-collecting computer that can answer phone calls, send text messages, play music, and more. In 2016, expect other companies to jump on this trend.
You can also expect to see more fitness-themed wearable technology – a trend largely fronted by FitBit, the company that sells watches which can track your steps, monitor your sleep, and count the calories you’ve burned. More companies will unveil their own versions of the fitness watch.
Keeping up-to-date on current technology trends is important not just for technology companies, but for all entrepreneurs. One day, this new technology may have an impact on your company. For more information on how the changing world of technology can benefit your financial needs, visit www.biz2credit.com