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Jan 6, 2017

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Technology trends for the coming year

As today is National Technology Day it seemed fitting to take a look at some of the tech that’s likely to make its way into our homes and offices in 2017.

Reflecting on 2016, it wasn’t a particularly memorable year for tech, even with the launch of numerous smartphones, Apple iPhone 7 included. The one that really hit the headlines was the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, and this certainly wasn’t for any breakthrough in technology, in fact, quite the opposite; with handsets catching fire, one after the other the company had to conduct a worldwide product recall.

So what’s on the horizon for technology in 2017?

It’s likely that we will see a much wider adoption of smart home technology. We are already reaping the benefits of smart thermostats such as Nest and Hive, as they have been on the market for a few years. However, with the increase in Voice Recognition and Virtual Personal Assistants (VPA) such as Alexa and Cortana combined with far more solutions for smart home technology, it’s likely we will see these feature quite heavily in 2017 and gain traction in gaming technology such as Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR).

Amazon, Google and Microsoft are all key players in this space, with devices that can revolutionise your home life experiences: turning on lights, syncing your music, giving you up-to-date climate information, and keeping your home secure. Some are even starting to order grocery items when you run out. Whichever way you look at it these, VPAs are going to be a must have in the modern home.  

With these devices - and others - falling into the Internet of Things (IoT), there is currently a race to see which company will develop the perfect operating system and platform for all these to exist. There are a few that have already emerged, but most are aimed firmly at the business end user - it will be interesting to see who gets there first.

Amazon Echo


Equally, Chatbot technology is certainly on the rise and it’s thought that chatbots will start to feature more in 2017. We’ve already seen how Oyoty can support and protect our younger generations from posting inappropriate content online, however, it’s likely that other social platforms will start to utilise chatbots and incorporate this type of messaging agent to their own various communication channels.

Okay, no 2017 tech review would be complete without a revisit to the Robot. In fact, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been on the hit list for a few years. However, it’s likely that with the likes of VPAs, the IoT and other AI machines such as self-driving cars and self-vacuum cleaners, this technology is going to start to spill out into the consumers, and for the early adopters, we will start to see them being used inside and outside of the home.

Whichever device or emerging technology you’ve got your eye on, one thing you can be sure of, 2017 is certainly going to be a good year for technology.