5 Emerging or Progressing Technologies Moving into Our Homes

No matter what might be happening in the world innovation marches on to bring you new ideas and new products that change the way we live our daily lives. Whether they are time-saving devices, new forms of entertainment, or ways to enhance our comfort, we constantly find new products breaking into the market.

Most of them will fail at the start, but the technology remains and either a larger entity getting in on the market or someone you might see on Shark Tank breaking through will eventually capture their intended audience and change the world as we know it.

Yet what can we expect? What ideas are the most exciting these days? These five things may sound like the work of a science fiction author, but we promise they’ll be available sooner rather than later:

5G Networks

Much like we saw 4G networks bring in the rapid proliferation and use of smartphones, we will likely see 5G networks and their enhanced communications abilities reaching out to new corners of the market, providing integration to more household devices and enhancing the connections we already have. It should be noted that they are only anticipated to be about 15-50 percent faster than the current 4G systems.

What we will see, however, are more reliable connections. This will lead to more vital services being run on smartphones and fewer issues with the ones already used. Lower barriers to entry will lead to greater adoption of things such as video chat and constantly connected apps.

Enhanced Voice Control

Amazon’s Alexa has already made strides in voice-activated technology, but we can expect the modern smarthome and other devices to more easily attune to our voices and our individual speech patterns. In what will seem dystopian to some and miraculous to others, it’s quite possible that voice recognition will help us prepare product recommendations and services to meet our needs before we explicitly speak them.

And as the physical technology becomes cheaper, it will become available on a mass scale, allowing for algorithms and engineers to further refine processing. This will loop into greater long-term reliability.

AI and Enhanced Automation

AI is a complicated subject because its definition can vary greatly from person to person. Here, we mean programs and machines that can adapt and learn to the needs of their users, at some level of sophistication. Some products (think of automated vacuum cleaners and smart thermostats) will see enhancements and further adaptiveness, but we expect that the true proliferation of AI will happen on the web and through the services we use.

Marketing will be a key area, as AIs will be a step ahead of the simple algorithms used to predict consumer behavior and trends. There are more books and research papers on the topic than you can read, but the main goal will likely be a personalized experience for each consumer, enhancing experiences across the board and reducing waste.

Other Virtual Reality Uses

The VR market is now nearly exclusive relegated to gaming, mostly due to the price point of any system and headset currently on the market. Yet there are plenty of reasons to look further into the technology, especially for entertainment purposes. What can we expect when mainstream streaming services start looking into providing a movie experience exclusively for VR users? Netflix might be hesitant, but live sporting events in VR has already been tried as an experiment, and once there’s a greater market for it, we’ll start to see a greater investment in the technology.

This will mean basic headsets will likely become more affordable, and we will see more competitors in the marketspace (some effective and others not). Once the ice is cracked on VR technology, you’ll start to see the headlines roll in.

More Wearable Tech

The Fitbit and other smartwatches or smartwatch-like products is currently a niche market, but as more capabilities get crammed into those little devices, they’ll start to become more popular, especially when biometrics get incorporated into more devices and apps. Looking at a smartwatch as a smartphone accessory makes it redundant. Once app developers find unique uses, we expect better smartwatches to come to market in droves and then into people’s homes.

And while Google Glass didn’t fare so well due to privacy concerns (and several other reasons), what about smartglasses with a more limited scope and no camera? What would you do with a HUD for your life? Similarly, what sensors and features could fit into an earring? Could future innovation make tech-lined jackets more than just a novelty? We find that it is getting less intrusive and uncomfortable with each generation, and smart-device integration will only make it more useful.

Conclusion

This list doesn’t even begin to show all of the possibilities for the future, and a quick search online will show you there are hundreds of emerging technologies just waiting to be repurposed into the consumer and industrial markets. With the right calls and a bit of attentiveness, you might even be able to capitalize on it yourself or be the first to enjoy a great new experience.

Also note that many of these technologies are interconnected. You’re likely to see 5G communications integrate with nearly everything else listed above. The same goes for other technologies. Consolidation will occur in waves.

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