As this year comes to a close, we look to the future to predict what we believe will be the top tech trends in 2017. From twists on reality, to drones delivering life-saving products, the new year is ushering in some of the greatest technology trends of all time. Read on to learn what tech trends the year ahead holds!
We kick-off our list with a tech trend that is not only seemingly here to stay but is expected to grow into a $30 billion market by 2020. VR first came on the scene in 2014 but has seen tremendous mainstream growth over the last 12 months thanks to companies like Google Cardboard, Oculus Rift and Vive. With new VR technology constantly being developed and the recent announcement of the Global Virtual Reality Association, you can be sure that we have only scratched the surface of this tech trend!
The next trend that is expected to make huge strides this year is Augmented Reality. Thanks to the success of a little game called Pokémon Go, 2016 saw consumers engaging with this technology like never before. This caused Apple CEO, Tim Cook, to express his belief that AR will actually become more popular than VR and be rumored to be developing AR glasses similar to Google Glass. While this technology is fairly new, one thing is for sure: we can expect to hear a lot more about AR in 2017.
All Things On-Demand
We live in a world of instant gratification. From watching our favorite TV shows to eating our favorite meals, we expect to have everything when, where and how we want it. So it makes sense that number 3 on our list of tech trends for 2017 would be surrounding on-demand technology. Thanks to Uber, in 2016 we saw a large spike in on-demand technology via cell phone apps. Although we know that this technology is changing every minute, research is predicting that in 2017 we will see these apps go even further than food deliveries and convenient car rides.
The last trend on our list has had somewhat of a negative reputation in years past but 2017 is looking to change all that with the utilization of drone deliveries. Currently, Rwanda is building the first drone airport for medications to quickly be flown in to those that are in need. Drones have now been made affordable so humanitarian aid has become a lot more feasible. These drone deliveries are also expected to be utilized by restaurants and retailers alike to deliver items straight to your door in a lot less time than it takes to ship packages. So whether it’s providing life-saving materials or just a pizza for dinner, drones for good is a trend we can all feel pretty good about in 2017.