As you’re reading this, incredible advancements in technology are being made. Let’s discuss four of the top techniques to look out for in 2019.
1 Experiences That Change Your Reality
Augmented reality and virtual reality aren’t going anywhere in 2019 — if anything, they’re only going to gain more traction in the entertainment world. Whether you’re gaming, watching a movie, or visiting a museum, you can expect to see more exciting options that’ll change how you experience these mediums. How does it work? Virtual reality games focus on stimulating the player’s visual experience by incorporating their entire range of vision, including peripheral vision, using VR lenses. When the game world encompasses the player’s vision, the game feels more real. But the experience extends far beyond the visual elements. With premier sound technology and the ability to track eye and head movement, VR experiences can be immersive and realistic. What can we expect for the future of AR and VR? With big players like Google and Microsoft in the mix, we’ll likely see these technologies become more widely available to consumers. And in general, we’ll start seeing VR experiences in marketing content and even in training programs like flight VR.
2 Tech That Analyzes Your Energy
Tech in 2019 isn’t just going to revolve around how we connect with our devices more— it’s also going to be able to tell us a little bit more about ourselves. The technology behind Kirlian aura cameras has been around since the 1930s, developed by Semyon Kirlian. What does it do? An aura camera snaps an image of you while capturing the energy that you release into the world (how others see you). This experience can help you learn more about yourself and allow you to check in on how you express your moods and energy. Why is this technology important? As we rely more on more on technology, it’s become easy to distance ourselves from what makes us, us. So while you’re in between talking to your adoring pocket-sized robot, Siri, and scrolling through Instagram — take a moment to check in on your aura.
3 High Tech Transportation
We’re not talking about Uber and Lyft, here. Expect transportation in 2019 to become even more accessible—even when you don’t always see a person in the driver’s seat. That’s right, self-driving cars are starting to make their way onto our roadways. Google is already testing out their driverless car solution, Waymo, in select cities. The project started in 2009, and the project’s mission is to provide accessible, safe 24/7 transportation without the driver. Can you feel yourself tensing up in the backseat already? Don’t fear, nervous co-pilots. Google says Waymo is the most experienced driver on the road with millions of miles of experience and the ability to see in all directions in transit. Waymo is already starting testing these driverless rides in Phoenix, to mixed reviews. While some residents are enjoying the convenience of this rideshare service to commute to work or make it home safely from a night out, there are some obvious concerns about how cars driven by robots will impact the roadways and lives of passengers and pedestrians. There has been one fatality involving a Waymo vehicle already in Phoenix, which poses the question—who’s liable for these incidents? There are some major elements to be worked out, but only time will tell what the future for self-driving vehicles looks like.
4 Technology That Sparks Creativity
From bioprinting bone, skin, and even blood vessels, to creating missing pieces from a home toolkit, the possibilities are endless with 3D printing. Tech experts are saying you can expect 3D printers to be more accessible to consumers in 2019. While you might see them in every home in the neighborhood, you may notice schools, libraries, and manufacturing facilities will start using this tech more and more to facilitate learning and more efficient production processes.
The world of technology is never absolute. New developments are happening every second. And unless you’re Bill Gates or Elon Musk, there’s no one out there that can say for sure what the next hottest thing in tech will be — but that’s the fun part.