For tech fans like us, every year is spent drooling over new and exciting technology. We see loads of amazing stuff throughout the year, but a few things always stand out. Although 2016 is still young, it’s easy to pinpoint some of the key pieces of tech that will stand out from the crowd. So, I decided to make a list of my top three pieces of top tech for 2016, and beyond!
If you worked in a big manufacturing company, then you may have seen 3D printing years before the rest of the public. It’s a handy piece of tech that is used to design and create almost anything. Although it’s been around for awhile, 2016 is the first year we see it adapted for public use. Before only large companies could get their hands on 3D printing tech, now, there are printers available for everyone. 3D printers have opened up new doors and provided people with an awesome tool. You can use them to create plastic models of whatever you’ve designed. It’s ideal for architects looking to create a small-scale model of a building. Or, budding entrepreneurs can use it to design fashion accessories or toys. We’ve barely begun to scratch the surface of 3D printing; there will be so much more to come in the next few years.
Cloud computing has been around for several years but is only just starting to make an impact on everyday life. Almost everyone will use the cloud in one way or another. Regular people will use in on their phones to back up photos, emails; you name it. Every PC comes with the option to set up cloud storage for you to keep your files and important documents. Then, you have people in the business world that use the cloud for more advanced means. It’s become a crucial part of how businesses operate on a daily basis. Back in the day, choosing cloud services was easy as there weren’t many options around. Now, you have an array of service providers all offering various packages and perks. We’re starting to see the true power of cloud computing, and 2016 is just the beginning.
Moving onto some transport themed tech, and 2016 is seemingly the year of the self-driving car. We’ve seen Google use cars that drive themselves for their Google Maps work. Now, car manufacturers are selling cars that will park your car without you touching the wheel. There are even vehicles in development that will drive for you while you can take a phone call or have a break. Granted, there aren’t many self-driving cars on the market, but we’re seeing splashes of what’s in store for us. I think that 2016 will see the biggest leap forward in this technology. In future years, expect nearly every car on the roads to have self-driving capabilities.
If you love technology, then all three of these things will get you buzzing with excitement. What’s your favourite thing on the list? For me, it’s 3D printing because of all the creativity it can inspire. But, I’m super excited to see how all three things develop in the future!