We live in the exciting time of overnight technological advances, self-driving vehicles, international electronic finances, and so much more. We are going to explore some of the trends currently in process.
Read on and see what grabs your attention and maybe inspire you to dabble.
Augmented reality is a process that overlays virtual reality onto existing environment. More simply it is a computer-generated image over something that is naturally occurring. It is frequently used in television (like sporting events where a finish line is superimposed on a swimming meet), navigation aids, gaming, and more.
The bottom line is that this combination of virtual and augmented realities give people improved information and will enhance daily activities.
VR is a technology that creates a simulated world that lets the user feel he or she is actually a part of that universe. It is found in computer games and, using a helmet-like headgear, it immerses the person into another, highly interactive experience using 3-D and simulating other senses including smell.
These helmets are generally referred to as head-mounted display (HMD) and are found in play rooms as well as laboratories. In-home applications are in process to allow more versatility and more affordable uses.
Right now VR concentrates on the use of hearing and vision. Research is being conducted to develop a treadmill that will have the user feel as though they are walking through the new world. The sense of touch (kinaesthetic) adds to the authenticity of the program.
Of course, there are some major players in the market. Three of the hottest products were Virtual Reality headsets were Sony’s PlayStation VR (PSVR), Facebook’s Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. Coming right on their heel are Google, HP and Lenovo. Keep your eyes open for new faces as this technology develops even further.
Developing new hybrid mobile apps that run on Android and iOS is becoming easier with the frameworks readily available.
Simply put, artificial intelligence (AI) is having a machine perform human-like functions that need processing like vision, voice recognition, etc. It also means creating new outcomes from learning by experience.
So, it is applying reason and information (knowledge) to perform activities.
AI is now a major factor in daily lives. It is still growing in usefulness and versatility. It can improve a basic human condition as well as business functions to improve efficiency and profitability.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the collection of various applications, appliances, and other objects that transfers data. This can be a fitness tracker, medical devices like cardiac monitors, thermostats, and so very much more.
They are becoming more prevalent and valuable as we progress. From identifying traffic tie-ups and gridlocks to remotely turning on household lights they make an impact on how we live. There are developments in process to improve our energy use and manufacturing productivity. What used to be known as “just in time materials management” is now controlled by an application that will let you know when supplies are low and even automatically place a reorder.
The enormous concern is security. While your smartphone may be highly protected, when you use it to turn on your slow cooker, the kitchen appliance is not secure, leaving a back door wide open to your mobile device that has personal information about you and your family, as well as access to banking information and other critical data. Multiply that by a corporation issuing company phones and work-from-home access. Then let’s consider governmental security issues. The concept can be terrifying.
The other downside is storage capacity. Where and how will all of the data be stored and analyzed? How available will it be and to whom? Since the legal system always lags behind technology, when will that catch up?
There are still too many unanswered questions, but that probably won’t stop the ongoing development.
A Progressive Web App (PWA) is a Google concept that is designed to improve performance despite the device or connection. A good example is a beverage ordering system that will let the customer to peruse the drink choices and customize the order; check out local prices; and place the order. The idea is that the experience is consistent and quick for all users.
The key is the continued evolution of browsers. To be known as a PWA, it must run under HTTPS; have a Web App Manifest; and have a Service Worker. With this in place, the app will attract more visitors and enhance the shopping experience. All of this will convert more searches into purchases and manifestly increase revenue.
Blockchain is the accounting system used for bitcoin transactions. It is the compilation of digital information (blocks) stored in public databases (chain).
Blockchain is probably in its infancy and will grow in popularity as more uses are developed.
This is a broad category that monitors and protects all the technology and hardware from attack. As data grows it includes more critical and private information on personal, corporate and governmental levels. Unauthorized access and ultimate distribution of these records is also growing in volume and severity of consequences. There are three levels of defence.
This is a go-between that lets two applications converse. It is a set of processes that lets a computer program use other systems including operating systems, libraries, etc.
Some code is open source, or sharable, like Linux. The idea is that the code will improve with other experts working together on solutions. Other code is proprietary or secret. Companies have paid extensive amounts for it or have developed it independently and want to protect their investment.
An API lets websites plug into each other so that coders can build new things, tools and widgets and applications. The host site benefits with all the innovations others are building; the developers get others to view, admire, and use their handiwork. Many programmers will add a tutorial to boot.
If you are interested in delving into this communal process, you are in luck. All indications are that it will become increasingly important and grow exponentially.