We're hearing all about the top movies, albums, TV shows, fashion trends and Google searches from 2014. But now that 2015 has taken over, it’s time to look at some upcoming trends for the New Year.
Gartner and many other organizations have predicted what they believe will be some of 2015’s technology trends. Take a look at what will likely be “all the rage” this year:
Wearables: Technology is allowing us to keep track of everything; calories, steps, sleep patterns, TiVo, current events, weather, etc. In 2014, fitness bands like Jawbone’s Fitbit were novelties and fairly simplistic. New-and-emerging smartwatches were talked about, but not often seen on the streets (and not particularly fashionable or subtle).
Digital Trends predicts that, this year, fitness bands, smartwatches and other wearables will not only become more of a fashion trend, but will also be more popular. With better technology available at lower prices, fitness bands will likely be used by more people who will be able to accurately monitor their sleep, steps and even heart rate. Smartwatches are predicted to be more stylish with trends emerging for both men and women from companies like Apple, LG, Asus and many more.
Other wearables to keep an eye on are smartglasses. Google is leading the smartglasses industry with Google Glass, glasses that provide the wearer with a hands-free, smartphone-like format to access the internet and apps without ever having to pick up a phone or tablet through the use of a small optical head-mounted display. This year, more companies are likely to follow suit and produce the next wave of wearable technology.
Smart jewelry? Smart clothes? Those are all in our midst, too!
Portable Devices: In 2014, smartphone usage in the world surpassed 1 billion. This year, that number is expected to double. It started out as the “bricks” of the 1980s and 1990s with the Motorola DynaTac 8000x and the IBM Simon Personal Communicator and became the smaller and more compact phones from companies like Nokia. Then they put a camera on it, and the possibilities seemed endless. The Motorola Razr became the Blackberry Pearl (remember those?) and evolved into the Samsung Galaxy, Apple iPhone, Microsoft Lumia and Motorola Droid that we know and love today.
Can smartphones get much smarter? The simple answer is, yes. And not only will they get smarter, but it’s predicted that they will continue to get bigger. It is predicted that people will start looking for a single device with the functionality of multiple devices. Smartphones and tablets that serve many purposes and function as laptops are becoming increasingly popular, as shown by the new Microsoft Surface Pro series. Smartphones like the Samsung Note also have laptop-like functionality, making them ideal for working while on-the-go without having to carry around multiple devices. Cell phones are going to continue to grow this year, both in size and functionality.
Check out iDigital Times for more 2015 smartphone predictions.
Internet of Things: The Internet of Things (IoT) is the concept that everything has the ability to transfer data on a network. People, animals, cars; if it can be assigned an IP address, it can have “smart” capabilities. It’s estimated that in 2015, there will be 25 million “things” connected to the internet.
The prediction for 2015 is that more and more inanimate objects will be given smart capabilities. According to Dataversity, “If data is the lifeblood of an organization, the IoT is ultimately the body—the collection of numerous organs (data sources) that interact with one another to keep things properly functioning at optimal levels. The fact that such a synthesis approach to data can extend beyond the workplace and impact personal lives through smart cities, appliances, and mobile devices only increase that potential.”
The other 2015 prediction for the IoT is that it will be less about the hardware and more about the software. It will focus on platforms and applications rather than devices and networks. Many experts believe that this will be the year that we push the technology of 2014 to see just how far we can go with it.
Which tech trends are you watching this year? Which ones are you looking forward to seeing?