The technology of 2016

2016 was a year surrounded by virtual reality, personalized robots and smart devices. Here are some of the most popular technologies of 2016.

Virtual Reality
Through the year, we have seen smart technology devices, such as the virtual-reality headsets, from major companies as Sony, HTC and Oculus. The usage of the device was broadening beyond the gaming industry and will continue to broad in the near future.

Wearable technology
Wearable technology also had its impact on 2016. There are many wearables in existence, such as smartwatches, smart-eyewear and healthwear. The smartwatches have been very beneficial for those working in a sterile environment. For example, paramedics, surgeons and other medical professionals now have access to hands-free-communication by having the device attached to their arm.

3D printing
Also, 3D printing has been expanding into aerospace, medical, automotive, energy and military. The advances of 3D printing made it possible to mix materials together and produce biological 3D printing, such as the printing of skin and organs. So maybe 10 years ahead, 3D printing will take over the physical work and produce larger and bigger objects as personal fabrication.

The Surface Hub
Workplaces was also introduced to The Surface Hub by Microsoft, the giant multi-touch display that uses digital ink technology. The system supports custom version of Skype videoconferencing, OneNote and Microsoft Office software and includes wireless keyboards and special pens. Perhaps in the long run, blackboards will no longer be sufficient for schools and universities and devices as the Surface Hub will be more usable for students and teachers.

Cloud
Roughly 93 percent of all businesses used the Cloud for all or some of its business software in 2016. Enabling connectivity with other systems, the Cloud has made 2016 a year where businesses started to complete the process and move the remainders of their systems to hosted solutions.

Drones
Another popular piece of technology in 2016 was the drones. The drones were made smarter, having tracking technologies and sensors that could read their environment. The Federal Administration (FAA) states that the numbers of hobbyist drones will climb to 4.3 million in 2020, while commercial drones are predicted to soar from 600.000 to 2.7 million. So if you ever get in doubt, it might be a drone in the sky and not a bird.The list is long – longer than expected and the technology provided in 2016 was beyond people’s expectations. It has yet been another year with innovative tech solutions for both consumers and companies, and we look forward to even more innovative tech solutions in 2017.
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