Most if not all parts of our lives are already affected by technology in one way or another, particularly the presence of the internet. We communicate with people through the internet and smartphones. We use computers to do work. We even rely on the internet for entertainment thanks to services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.
2017 is the year when the internet is affecting our lives more than ever. Some of the most recent developments suggest that technology is quickly becoming an integral part of everyday activities. Here are some of the most interesting trends to anticipate this year.
Smarter and More Connected Homes
If youve been paying attention to the latest devices released by top manufacturers, you will notice that a lot of them have something in common: they are designed to replace our old home appliances with better products. TVs were among the first smart appliances to enter consumer homes. TVs with built in Android or other mobile operating systems, an entertainment facility, and even the ability to connect to the internet are starting to become more affordable.
Other appliances are following suit. You can now buy a refrigerator that can tell when you run out of certain items. Some products even have cameras built into them, which means you can check your refrigerator at home when youre miles away in the supermarket.
Toasters, washing machines and even smaller appliances like coffee makers are being converted into smart devices. The smart home systems we have today are also more capable in integrating these different appliances together. Soon, you will be able to wake up to a freshly brewed coffee and some breakfast just by wearing a sleep-tracking smartwatch and letting your home do the rest.
Online education has been the highlight of recent developments in this field for a couple of years, ever since top universities started making more of their distance learning programs available. The Concordia University in Portland, for example, now has various degrees from an online MBA to a degree in homeland security for students to choose from. The university is famous for its Lutheran education and has been enabling students from across the country to pursue a better future.
Today, more students are opting for online programs than ever before. Even those who just graduated high school now choose to continue their study online, simply because the available programs are more flexible and are also accredited.
Whats most interesting about the latest developments in tech is what is happening to the way we interact with the internet and technology in general. We now have things such as Virtual Reality or VR, touchless interfaces and air gestures, and even Augmented Reality or AR.
A Touchless user interface is already available in select cars. There is no need to search for buttons when you want to turn the air conditioning on or change the radio. You can simply swipe your hand in the air and the car will know what to do based on the gesture you make.
All of these small changes add up. We believe 2017 will be a particularly interesting year for internet and technology, especially with these inventions being implemented in consumer products.