Here are some of our technology predictions the team at Koda Web have for next year:
We’ve seen prototypes but it yet to be a market seller but in 2016 that could change. With the new Oculus Rift being released to the public at the start of the year it will likely send shockwaves throughout the tech world, especially the gaming world and start a trend of new virtual reality technology.
Paying with your Phone
First, we made the need for cash and coins redundant, now we don’t even need our cards to pay for things! While this is already a reality with many smartphones, 2016 may be the year that it takes off as many more retail stores, supermarkets and restaurants install tap and go and the majority of phone users own smart phones with pay capabilities.
While the movies of the 70s and 80s predicted robots to be common place by now, they’ll be disappointed to know we haven’t come that far yet. However, we do already have a few robots that help us with everyday tasks, such as the Roomba or the outdoor equivalent, the Robomow, but what is beginning to emerge is a trend in human-like robots, who will be able to not only assist in day-to-day life but will also be your friend.
Wearable tech was meant to be a big thing in 2015 but with Google Glasses completely flopping and the Apple iWatch underselling, it was not meant to be. Next year, however, a whole range of new and improved gadgets will see wearable technology take off and it won’t be just for personal use but as a tool for assisting with day-to-day business.
First Self-Driving Cars on the Road
While this may not be in New Zealand, places like the US and Japan, two of the tech capitals of the world, are currently drafting its laws around autonomous vehicles. With GM launching its first hands-free car to the public in California and a venture company releasing a Robot Taxi in Tokyo, next year we will most likely see the first commercial use of self-driving cars.