Happy New Year!
It’s a new year, which means we will have another year full of crazy new gadgets and gizmos, new operating systems, new cars and new frontiers for technology development. On the first day of 2017, it will be hard to guess what will make a mark and what will fade away form the public’s eyes. One thing for sure: it’ll be great. So let’s predict the future!
Autonomous, electric automobiles
2017 will be a big year for autonomous, smart cars. If Tesla is on track, their Model 3 car will be public this year. This will ensure positive competition from other car manufacturers including GM, Ford and Toyota to build an affordable smart, electric car. There will also be another competitor: Faraday Future. In the coming week, we will see Tesla’s newest competitor take stage at CES 2017 to announce their first production vehicle.
But it’s not just car manufacturers who will undergo a change this year. It will also be services like Uber, which is testing its own autonomous vehicles in partnership with Volvo and Ford. Also, we will likely see a lot more autonomous trucks on the road this year, if regulation permits.
And finally, 2017 may be the year for electric skateboards, scooters and other portable transport options - let’s wait and watch.
Powerful, flexible gadgets
We really can’t guess what will make big news this year. Perhaps an edge-less iPhone? A Samsung Galaxy Note that doesn’t explode, and has a flexible display? 8K resolution TVs? Smart fridges, washing machines and ovens? A new, redesigned Apple Watch that people would actually want to buy?
There are a lot of rumours thrown around for what will make it big this year, and it will be impossible to cover all of them in this post. The above rumours are a sure-shot possibility. But here are the gadgets I’m most looking forward to this year:
- Microsoft Hololens (and other AR headsets)
- An iPhone with a radically new design
- Xbox Project Scorpio with support for VR gaming
- USB-C everything, including hard drives, headphones and monitors
- A smartwatch that makes smartwatches a real deal
- Affordable VR headsets
- New IoT and smart home gadgets that can truly be unified
- Truly wireless earbuds that don’t suck
Software and hardware made for each other is going to be the recipe for success this year. Google will push forward Android on it’s Pixel lineup, and iOS will continue to evolve with the iPhone and the iPad lineup. 2017 will not be a huge year for software as software development will primarily be pulled by improvements in hardware.