2017 Tech Trends to Watch

 

The year 2016 is very quickly becoming history and we’re still trying to catch up.  Technology is now building fast and changing the very way we go about our daily routines, let alone our leisure.  It’s not only the appliance technology that’s groundbreaking but the business models and the vision that are set to bring us into a new world altogether.

What is the Internet of Things?

This is a so-called new industrial revolution based on customizable services and network-linked technology, of interest to the individual consumer.  This includes new technologies like electric micro-grids, appliances offered as a service, and even car insurance offered by the mile, not the monthly contract.  In essence, it’s pay-as-you-go working arrangements, and it could change the way many established businesses deal with their customers—specifically regarding contracts and long-term commitments, which seem to be going out of style.  The appliances can collect and exchange data and can even be controlled remotely, allowing for everything from enhanced home security, to fast online games and even “smart homes” or “smart cities” which are partly run by automated software.  Projections say that by 2020, 50 billion objects will be connected.

Virtual Reality – Not Just in Gaming

Yes, it is safe to say that video games will become more virtual environment-based with free world roaming and immersion in the near future.  However, virtual reality technology is progressing far beyond entertainment, education and distraction.  Skyping and FaceTime-ing are just a sampling of how VR can change the way we talk to family, talk to co-workers and virtually attend places across the world.  Not only talking is in our future, but teaching, spending time with family DOING things together through a shared platform, is a future reality.  

AI is Your New Customer Service Representative

You may have read a lot about AI (artificial intelligence) experiments gone wrong in recent months, but laugh while you can for now.  In the near future, AI is going to start becoming a part of modern commerce.  We’re already seeing bits and pieces of it incorporated in Smart TVs and Amazon hands-free speakers, along with other appliances.  But in the future, expect to be entertained by smart Robots who can figure you out pretty quickly based on your most recent searches/purchases.

Better Than the Movies—Modern Home Theaters

Home theater technology also continues to grow and with more of a market for online, cable and Blu-Ray than going to B-movies, there are better options coming to the couch than there are to the theater.  Not only are TVs becoming more powerful with improved resolutions and deeper color ranges, but there are also surround sound speakers, 3D TV viewing experiences, and our favorite—the seats!

While most people don’t associate the seats with technology, comfortable seats are actually what make the theater experience good over the long-term.  Modern seats have designed with comfort in mine, such as lumbar and upper back support, dual cushion systems that allow your weight to be evenly distributed, premium foam that invites you to stay seated, and motorized recliners.  

A spokesperson for Elite Home Theater Seating says that it’s about designing consumers what they want, rather than what fulfills the merchant’s needs.  “Frankly, there is no comparison between home theater chairs, which are designed for day-long comfort, and movie theater seats which are designed for two hours of sitting time and then a hasty exit. Comfort is just as important as style when it comes to home theater seats.”