I am addicted to the latest technology gadgets and trends, especially those that are tied to my personal interests like photography, digital entertainment, automation and business. It seems like I never get tired of trying to figure out what the next innovation will bring and how it will impact our lives and business.
In that light let’s take a look at a few technology trends and see how they are becoming intertwined between work, home and each other.
If you have a smartphone or tablet you are probably using apps to access web services, play games and communicate. Today you probably have lots of apps on your system that do different things, but the future of the app is changing and their capabilities are evolving.
New services will be providing streaming apps (no need to install the app on your device) as well as new functionality that can be plugged into an app. Think of this as an app that does everything from a single screen with no need to switch between different apps or devices to do things like text, call or browse while you are playing or working within the app.
It was not long ago that this term was the stuff of science fiction, but today technologies like Alexa, Siri and Cortana not only understand what you are saying, they are helping you in your daily life. With these tools you can quickly look up information on the web or interact with gadgets through voice command.
These services will continue to evolve through expanded voice and gesture commands as their prediction and learning capabilities improve and they become connected to other devices (think Internet of Things) and tools.
This is one of the hottest areas of development for the major technology players. There are really two distinct expressions of the technology: virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). VR immerses you in a virtual space and forces your full attention to the experience confined within the headset or device. AR is designed to take a real experience and augment components using virtual technology.
The easy way to think about the difference is that VR takes you completely out of reality, and AR augments your real-world experience with virtual tools like holograms and virtual controls that use gestures, check out www.microsoft.com/microsoft-hololens for examples. While VR is cool for playing games or visiting immersive environments, it is AR that is generating the most exciting innovations. How we create, communicate and work will be impacted by the developments going on in AR.
These technologies will all impact the way we work and play in the future so now is the time to start exploring how you might use them in your world, even if you’re not a technology addict.
Steve Cerocke, founder/president of IQ Systems Inc. of Reno, can be reached at 775-352-2301, ext. 1001, or firstname.lastname@example.org.