Technology evolves at a rapid pace that sometimes can be a bit much to process. All because engineers and scientists continually try to make things smaller, more powerful, more connected, and use less energy, all so that they can put that technology in more places. With each advancement technology companies have grown even bolder, putting technology in anything they believe will sell. Consumers have not given every new piece of technology a warm reception, but these choice pieces of technology should be quite welcome by 2015.
1. Smart Homes / Connected Appliances
Connected homes and appliances have been something people have been pining for since the Jetsons. In 2015, the price barrier for many of these devices will drop significantly as competition within that field heats up. Some of the more interesting and useful technology that’s expected to reach more homes in 2015 includes fingerprint/electronic door locks and Bluetooth lighting. Technology in the kitchen is set to get a big push forward with smart technology, with electric stove tops that include built-in touch screens and even smart spice racks that give you the exact measurements for each meal. Can you imagine using a stove top that allows you to follow the recipe on the stove while simultaneously getting the exact amount of each spice you need? It promises be mind-blowing for any chefs out there that cook at home.
2. Smart Watches
The smart watch has been a concept in many people’s minds for decades now, with television shows and movies often featuring spies using futuristic wristwatch communicator style gadgets. For the last year or so smart watches have been released at a somewhat steady pace. Competitors in this arena include Motorola, Asus, Samsung, LG, Sony, Pebble, and soon Apple. The Apple Smart Watch is expected to release in early 2015, and it brings with it a plethora of options. Apple opted for style with its watch, giving it a premium Apple feel along with a multitude of different bands and watch faces to choose from. The Apple watch will help bring smart watches to the next level in 2015 by increasing competition dramatically. This competition will lead way to lower power CPUs inside the watches that allow us to achieve much greater battery life or increase features. 2015 is looking to be the year for true smart watch refinement.
3. In Car Technology
Car Technology is always exciting to me; every new tech feature brings me a little bit of nerd joy as I read on and on about the new features. In 2015, that excitement had not died down one bit; car technology is looking to become even more versatile and useful this year. Features like In-Car Wi-Fi allowing consumers the ability to use laptops for work, streaming videos, or even playing games on the road. Even features like crash prevention technology are becoming smarter and increasingly standard on more and more vehicles. Semi-Autonomous driving will also be gaining traction in several cities in different countries as these cities sample the technology in an effort to make it a reality. On the user side, we have features like Apple Car Play and Google’s Android Auto coming out that will make syncing your phone to your car more useful as well as much easier.
4. iPhone 6S
It seems like your new phone is becoming an old phone faster and faster these days. The mobile phone space is so filled with competition that it seems only natural that the iPhone6s is coming this year. The rumor mill has been churning wildly on this, just as they would with any iPhone model. In that sea of rumors, some credible ones do exist. Rumored upgrades include a new A9 Processor using a new 14nm FinFET production process that reduces energy consumption by a dramatic 35% while increasing performance by about 20%. This new CPU would be going alongside an increase in ram to 2GB, double that of the iPhone6 and iPhone6 Plus. The last rumor is one concerning a new Dual-lens like camera solution that would purportedly give the iPhone6s DSLR like quality when it comes to photography, to some degree I believe they might be exaggerating but I still expect a dramatic increase in quality.
5. Advancements in Screen Technology
It was only 2005 when 1080p Full HD was blowing everyone away with high-resolution video and photography. Fast forward ten years later, and we are already looking to leave 1080p in the dust. The new kid on the block is 4K resolution, which increases the resolution from 1920 x 1080 (1080p) to 3840 x 2160 (4K). The jump in image quality is breathtaking, simply watching some well-shot nature footage should be enough to blow you away. Thankfully 4K televisions and PC monitors are now available and in 2015, their prices should start dropping by considerable amounts. This is because almost all the manufacturers now produce 4K television sets. Not only will we be getting an upgrade in our screens resolutions, but we will also be seeing more curved TV sets that create a more immersive experience. Our smartphone screens will also be getting upgrades to higher resolutions. Rumors about 4K displays on smartphones and reductions in power usage should bring in beautiful screens with better or equivalent battery life to that of last year’s premium phones. Trust me, having a 4k display sip as much power as a 1080p display is quite a technological feat.
6. Windows 10
Microsoft decided to jump straight past Windows 9 with its next big operating system release. Windows 10 is going to be the Tesla to Windows 8s Prius. Microsoft has done its homework right and listened to what consumers wanted, starting with the start menu. Microsoft has done away with the full live tile start menu and instead chosen to implement a hybrid start menu that leverages the best of the classic start menu and the new interactive live tiles. This is what users have been craving since Windows 8 was first released. That is not the only improvement though, with Windows 10 Microsoft set out to create an all in one Operating System for a variety of devices and form factors. Windows 10 is configured to work on Internet of Things devices (smart thermostats, smart lighting, etc.), cell phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, and even enterprise systems. This is no small task, and it has required Microsoft to pour in every ounce of effort they have. Windows 10 also includes a useful Virtual Desktop feature that allows you to maintain separate workspaces for work, games, social media, and anything else you can think of. These Virtual desktops are independent of one another and allow you to separate every aspect of your daily computing life into easy to navigate desktops.
Here’s to the Future
No one can predict what great advances are coming next year, all we can really do is make an educated guess based on the state of technology around us today and in trade room floors. Still the technology listed above is going to move us one step closer to a more connected future. Soon homes will connect to the internet and notify us when the front door opens or if we left the lights on, and cars that break for us and connect us to the web. There is only one thing that is for certain, the future looks bright.
Eduardo Dieguez is a tech enthusiast who writes about all of the latest emerging trends in tech fields to make sure his readers are always informed about what is coming down the line. Of course, some tech will never go away such as fax machines, and to adapt the new to the old he recommends an online fax service ,and you can compare online by going to www.findafax.com. You can learn more about Eduardo on Google+.