When it comes to new technology it is constantly changing, innovation can come in the way of improvements to existing technology or sometimes it is something new and revolutionary altogether. What makes it hard to predict is which new technology will be embraced by the public and which we won’t remember a year from now. So what new technology will dominate this year? Let’s have a look.
5G networks are expected to be launched sometime this year, there are already telecommunications companies all over the world testing the network. 5G will bring with it speeds of up to 10Gbps, it will also use far less power and let several users to connect to one device simultaneously. The cost of 5G is going to be higher for consumers than the 4G LTE service that is currently available. It may be a slower roll out than previous network upgrades.
Remember those old flip phones from back in the day, it looks like they are making a comeback in a new and improved way. Phone manufacturers like Samsung and ZTE are developing a foldable smartphone, with Samsung saying they expect to bring them to market this year. This technology has been in the works for more than 2 years. So what does that mean for the consumer? They are expected to have an even better display, bigger screen sizes and less worry about dropping and cracking your screens. Hopefully they will be compatible with the new 5G networks.
It seems every year at the Consumer Electronics Show a new technology for televisions is being introduced and this year it is OLED TV. You can watch TV in extra high definition color and all of the leading manufacturers are expected to introduce their lineup of OLED TV’s to the market. Home entertainment is big business so it will be interesting to see where this technology goes.
AI (Artificial Intelligence)
The concept of AI is not new, science fiction has been writing about it for decades. Now the technology is in place to make it finally happen. In 2016 Google released Google Home, Apple and Amazon both have assistants available. All of the tech giants are investing heavily in this technology and AI is slowly making its way into our lives already. Chatbots are a part of many businesses strategies for sales and customer service. This is just the tip of the iceberg, the potential for this technology is huge.
Technology changes so fast it is hard to keep up, but more often than not innovation comes in the way of improvement to existing technology. Once in awhile something completely new comes down the pipeline and it is exciting.