As we approach 2016, we still have no glasses to let us see the future. But when it comes to the year ahead, we might not need foresight technology to see a few of the developing trends. A lot of next year’s technology has its roots in 2015. This year, we have already seen heaps of wearable gadgets freed and Internet-connected appliances, such as the iKettle and the Nest Protect. Here are few of the big tech trends we expect to catch on next year.
1) Mind-Reading Machines
International Business Machine (IBM), the largest computer company in the world, foretells that by 2016, consumers will be able to control electronics by using brainpower—no passwords needed. Also, it is expected that consumers will have access to gadgets that read their minds letting them move computer cursors and call their family.
2) 3D Printing
Over the next four years, the market for low price 3D printers will continue to grow. New uses in industrial applications and bio-medics will reduce cost. 3D printing gives students’ endless ability to test and design with hands-on exposure.
3) Big Data
Big data means the exponential growth and convenience of data, both structured and not. The vision is that organizations will take data from any source, attach relevant data and analyze it. This action will not only reduce cost and time but will develop new product and smarter decision-making, as well.
4) High Definition CCTV
Expect cameras that record footages in high definition, with some capable of gigapixel resolution!
5) Sunscreen Pill
By 2016, the sunscreen pill will hit the market, protecting our skin and eyes from UV rays. By reverse engineering, the way coral reefs shield themselves from the sun, scientists are positive about the possibility, much to the dismay of sunblock producers everywhere.
6) Space Tourism
Space tourism, right now, costs around $20-30 million to take off and chill at the International Space Station, or $200,000 if you want a sub-orbital spaceflight from Virgin Galactic. But, the market is developing faster than most realize. In five years’ time, companies such as Galactic Suite and Orbital Technologies may realize their company goals, with space tourism packages ranging from $10,000 to $1 million for a five-night stays in a revolving hotel suite.
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