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The latest in tech news: our top predictions for 2017

December 8, 2016 7:23 am by Bronwyn Watt

Nostradamus may have accurately predicted the French Revolution and the atomic bomb, but there are some things even this reputed clairvoyant could not have predicted – like hovercrafts and robotic chefs. Who could have possibly foreseen that the 21st century would see technology advance at such a rapid pace that what once seemed like sci-fi would become a reality?

In the ever-changing technological landscape, it is important to stay on top of the latest tech news and developments in order to successfully adapt and fully embrace the future. In keeping with this theme, we look to the future to see what tech gadgets and tech trends 2017 will hold.

Tech gadgets

  • PlayStation VR – Virtual reality has become all the rage in recent years, and the gaming industry seems to be the biggest contributor to this technology, incorporating it into games to provide enhanced gaming experiences like never before. With 360-degree vision, 120 frames per second and full audio immersion, the Sony PlayStation VR headset is sure to become one of the most popular tech gadgets of 2017.
  • Robotic chef arms – Moley Robotics have developed robotic chef arms that are built into a kitchen and mimic the movements and cooking skills of master chef Tim Anderson. Set to go on sale in 2017, this robot chef is able to make 2 000 recipes and will innovate the world of cooking.
  • Hovercrafts – Soaring 3m in the air in a moving craft seems a bit impossible, but not for tech company Aerofex. For approximately $85 000 (R1 196 766), you can purchase their Aero-X hovercraft which goes on sale in 2017 as well. At a pace of 72km per hour, you’ll be able to glide motorcycle-style through the air. This device will no doubt see competitors release better and more affordable models, bringing the era of hovercrafts to a take-off.

Tech trends

  • Augmented reality and virtual reality – Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are already one of the fastest growing tech trends that is only set to grow even bigger in the next year. Because the modern day consumer will turn away from brands that don’t associate with their values or needs, the customer experience is more important than ever before. The success of Pokémon GO sparked a mainstream shift towards using AR and VR to enhance the customer experience and this trend will no doubt grow to also include workplace gamification. The travel industry has also started using VR to more accurately promote holiday destinations.
  • The Internet of Things (IoT) – In a previous blog we discuss the Internet of Things and how it streamlines the operation of daily life. With a projected 50 billion IoT sensors by 2020, this is set to continue to drive digital transformation in 2017.
  • Artificial intelligence – While smartphones of the past have competed on a variety of aspects, camera being one of these, Google is currently working on an AI offering that will make tech news headlines. Moving away from the robotic and glitchy AI chatbots we’re used to, the focus is now on creating true intelligence that assists our daily lives.

As 2016 comes to a close, it’s an exciting time that lies ahead of us on the tech news front. One thing is certain, however, adaptability will become even more essential to business success. Keep checking in with our blogs to make sure you stay on top of all the latest news.





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