There’s never been a point in history where the progress of technology has sat still, and in 2016 it’s evolving at a truly incredible rate! Barely ten years ago touch-screen phones were considered something revolutionary. Now, we can wear similar devices on our wrists! If you want your business to be as successful as possible, then you need to be on top of all the relevant tech trends. Here’s some of the ways that tech is changing business.
Although the initial hype explosion over this tech has settled, 3D printing is a niche that’s growing at an incredible speed. International shipments for 3D printers doubled in the year 2015, and have doubled again in 2016. With this massive expansion, user adoption is also expected to grow. Like many entrepreneurs, you might see 3D printing as a form of manufacturing. If you’re not in the secondary sector, you don’t have to worry, right? Wrong! While 3D printing has made a huge splash in the manufacturing sector, it’s also going to revolutionise the way we create prototypes. More and more medical applications are also coming to light. Furthermore, the equipment required for 3D printing is expected to become progressively cheaper, meaning reduced costs for any business that utilises it.
Drones have only really come into the public’s eye in recent years. When you first saw one of these things whizzing around the sky, you probably saw it as a toy; at best a niche hobby. These days, there are countless business applications opening up for them, and some of the biggest corporations are gobbling it up. Amazon Prime Air is poised to change the way we order products online forever. Some universities are looking into robotic drones, capable of acting as tour guides for their campuses. Drones have made a huge impact on the construction industry as well, with BIM systems and aerial photography of construction sites. Although there are still a few legal grey areas tied to drones, they’re certainly not going to disappear!
Google Glass may be defunct, but this certainly hasn’t marked the death of wearable tech. The release of the Apple Watch in 2015 marked the start of a smartwatch craze that’s only expected to grow. When enough people adopt this kind of tech, more and more mobile searches will be voice-activated and more dependent on geographical location. This is expected to completely change the SEO niche, and the way all kinds of businesses tackle their marketing. Interactive content will skyrocket in demand, with virtual data being blended with the real world. Furthermore, we may see a big shift in web design, and a totally new format of app which will be more friendly to wearable tech. This may sound irritating if you’ve only just hit your digital marketing on the head. However, it will pay off big time to start preparing for this kind of tech.
There’s no real way to predict how the evolution of technology will impact your bottom line. However, planning ahead is always a good idea!