Four Tech Trends to Watch Out ForBy Hailey Robinson on March 13th, 2014 /
In the world of technology, things change by the minute. The second that a company adopts a technology, it’s outdated. We’ve gone from fax machines to e-mails, and from phone conference to video conferences. So, what’s next in the world of technology? Here are a few emerging trends in the world of technology that will change the way that people conduct business.
1. Companies Will Reach Customers
Have you stopped and thought about how many devices you have in your home that are “smart” devices? We’ve come to expect a certain functionality from our devices, and companies utilize those devices to reach new customers. In just the past few years, an entire business of streaming entertainment has developed, and it’s dominated the entertainment industry. With the click of a button on your remote, you can be watching the latest blockbuster movie release or a popular new show that you missed when it aired. In the future, we’re going to have more smart devices with faster internet services, allowing us to stream content even faster, and forcing some companies to think of innovative new ways to reach their customers.
Ever since the iPhone was introduced, people have been brainstorming to develop the next great app. Now Android, Microsoft and even Google have platforms through smart phones, tablets and even televisions to be able to reach their customers. You can find an app for losing weight, apps to help you go green, games, apps to help you save money, you can find an app for just about anything. The use of this technology is becoming a norm for conducting business.
2. Augmented Reality Will Become the Norm
We’re just now starting to see the emergence of wearable augmented technology, but in the near future, it’ll be the norm. Smartphones are taking advantage of augmented apps, but soon we’ll have apps that display everything, from business information to personal identifying information. We’re progressing toward a completely open universe where we can’t walk down the street without being identified. However, businesses can easily take advantage of augmented technology. If identified, a business could offer a digital coupon that offers a certain percentage off if the customer shops in the store. This will also open up an infinite number of business opportunities as you suddenly realize that the guy next to you in the bowling alley is the CEO of an important company.
3. 3D Printing Will Make Medical Procedures Cheaper
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ve heard about 3D printing. It started out simple — toys, tiny sculptures, and similar items like that. 3D Printing has advanced drastically in the past few years, though, and now, they’re printing everything from phone cases to guns. One area that 3D printing is advancing drastically in, though, is the medical field. Tired of paying thousands of dollars for prosthetic limbs, someone got the idea to print a hand. Not only did the 3D printed hand cost a mere $5, but it also worked. Since then, all sorts of medical devices have been printed. There’s a huge market for this, and in the very near future, you’re going to see a company step up and offer designs for sale that will allow users to print whatever they need.
4. Technology Will Decentralize Business
To a large degree, technology has already decentralized business. There’s been a dramatic increase in telecommuting over the past few years, and it’s only poised to increase. Businesses are utilizing this technology by hiring people all over the world. Indeed, location is no longer a limiting factor when getting a job, and through the use of technology, people have become productive, regardless of their physical location. Thanks to technology, we can have a video conference with someone on the other side of the world while simultaneously uploading our work for them to review. We’ll continue to see this trend grow in the next few years.
What trends do you see happening in tech?