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January 15, 2016

3 Terrific Tech Innovations on the Horizon

3 Terrific Tech Innovations on the Horizon

This year is supposed to be the big one in terms of technology. It’s the year when huge things will be happening in the worlds of virtual reality, infotainment systems for your car, and ultra-cool wearable devices. So, without further adieu, here are a few tech novelties to look out for in 2016.

 

Virtual Reality

VR explanation

Once upon a time, virtual reality was only a theme that occasionally popped up in science fiction movies like The Matrix, Total Recall, and Tron, but times are changing. Samsung Gear, Oculus Rift VR, Google Cardboard, and independent companies like StarVR, are but a few of the virtual reality playsets ready to be released.

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Oculus Rift is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Whether you’re stepping into your favorite game, watching an immersive VR movie, jumping to a destination on the other side of the world, or just spending time with friends in VR, you’ll feel like you’re really there. Source: oculus.com

 

More than games, Freefly VR wants to be your choice for immersive environments—but this one doesn’t need a fancy gaming computer. It makes good use of your smartphone! The differences between these companies, and what their particular system has to offer, can be incredible. The only question is, which one should you choose?

 

Infotainment Systems for Cars

Everyone talks about self-driving cars, but infotainment systems are going to be all the rage in 2016. Some believe they will be game changers, causing cars with the technology to sell better than the cars that lack it. Apple CarPlay is the hands-free option to listen to music, get mapping information, and write that next email—all from large dashboard icons on many car brands.

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Apple has launched a new site that lists the cars that can be outfitted with CarPlay by the manufacturer. So, you no longer need to dig around trying to figure out whether or not your new vehicle will support Apple CarPlay. Picture by bgr.com

Chevy and Honda already offer CarPlay, but this is the year that almost everyone else hops on board. Following its take on Apple TV, Apple will pick and choose among apps that they deem appropriate and safe for in-car use. With the integration of Siri, you can find the closest gas station, turn on your favorite band, and switch between apps, with her voice-activated assistance. Best of all, Siri “knows” that you are driving and will offer the right response to your questions. As for Android users, Google’s Android Auto features smartphone technology for your car as well.

 

Wearable Tech

The Apple Watch was just the beginning. That handy gadget became the must-have item of 2015. While it certainly isn’t going anywhere, this year will bring a lot of fabulous, new wearable technology. These wearable items range from ordinary-looking belts that are fitness trackers in disguise (like Samsung’s Welt, a product that looks like an everyday leather belt but tracks steps taken in a day, eating habits, and the amount of time in a day spent sitting down) to Samsung’s TipTalk: a device that lets you listen to sound on your smartwatch by touching your ear.

 

Highly Anticipated Tech Inventions

What does all of this technology mean for the rest of us? Consumers are demanding a change in the consumption of media. We don’t necessarily want separate apps or gadgets to control every little thing, but, to borrow a line from The Lord of the Rings, “one ring to rule them all.”

This year, it is exactly what companies are going to deliver. Smartphone technology won’t be limited to your phone, but will expand into devices to wear and even virtual reality.

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