Between the presidential election, the Olympics and of course, Adele’s world tour, I think it’s safe to say that 2016 has been an eventful year.
In 2016, we’ve also seen some groundbreaking technological developments and trends that are sure to shape our future. As we find ourselves heading into the New Year (ready or not!), let’s reflect on the most memorable tech moments from this year.
We Got Into the Internet-of-Things
Remember the Disney Channel Original Movie (and masterpiece), Smart House? In 1999, the film’s concept of smart homes with high-tech appliances and control panels seemed a thing of the distant future. Thanks to the Internet-of-Things (IoT), smart homes are very much a thing of the present.
IoT is a technology that allows smart devices to interact through the power of the Internet on a single network, often controlled through one system. Alas, we have smart televisions, smart light bulbs, smart refrigerators, smart security systems, smart remotes, and more!
The interaction of these devices yields a seamless technological experience for homeowners across the board.
We Got in Touch with Augmented Reality
Remember the frenzied swarms of people searching for elusive digital creatures via their smartphones? Cue the Augmented Reality phenomenon that is Pokemon GO.
Augmented Reality is the integration of computer-generated images with our perception of real life, creating an altered view of the existing world. And it doesn’t end with Pikachu.
Tech giants Samsung, Sony, and Microsoft are riding the Augmented Reality wave and bringing the public this mind-blowing technology through apps, games, augmented reality headsets and more!
We Printed in Another Dimension
While it’s true that 3D printing has been around for a few years, 2016 was a year jam-packed with major developments in 3D printing (the process of creating a three-dimensional replica of a digital image).
These printers follow directions issued by a computer through an additive process in which layers of a structure are printed in succession from materials such as plastic or metal.
These printers are capable of producing food, toys, and even body parts! The best part? 3D printers are available to the average consumer.
We Bid Farewell to the Headphone Jack
Amidst the highly anticipated release of Apple’s iPhone 7, some serious news dropped: the newest iPhone model does not include the 3.5 mm headphone jack. Rather, the iPhone 7 works with accessories equipped with a Lightning cable.
But don’t worry; tech companies have launched a plethora of Lightning accessories for the iPhone 7 in an effort to remain relevant.
We Got Live Entertainment
In 2016, popular live video platforms such as Twitch, Periscope, Facebook Live, and Meerkat enabled companies and regular folks alike to connect with their respective audiences in a personal way.
Live streaming has also altered the way audiences view major events. In fact, major broadcasting networks are joining forces with outside companies to in the live streaming movement. On December 5th, the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was available to viewers via one-week free trial of CBS All Access.
Whether it’s a sports game, a political debate, a speech, or the chance to check out some seriously bedazzled angle wings, people are now able to access these events via live platforms.
So folks, there you have it! As we wave goodbye to 2016 and all that it’s given us, we usher in a new year with the very exciting promise of growing technology.
What was your favorite tech moment of 2016? Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter @lotus823!