Predicted technology trends for 2016


The world has seen a great advancement in terms of technology in the present century. Every single day, there is an announcement which keeps the living better. Technology controls our lives to a great extent today, however, all that is happening for good to the mankind.

When we say technology improves with every passing moment, we have compiled a list of the predictions of the technology trends which are going to play a huge role in the coming year.

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The next generation of smartphones shall emerge.

Smartphones are amongst the most important technological devices around today and have assumed a pivotal role in the lives of millions. 2016 looks to be an exciting year for smartphone development, with electronics company ARM due to release new processors designed to enhance the speed and duration of mobile devices, Samsung set to release the “super smart” Galaxy S7 while Apple aficionados will no doubt be excited about the release of the iPhone7. Nokia, pending an agreement with business partners Microsoft, intends to return to manufacturing handsets in 2016.

Jibo, the multifunctional Family robot, is set to be released on the market

Jibo, brainchild of Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, may inspire a new trend in social robotics within the technological industry when it is released on the market in 2016. Features of this robot include high-resolution cameras with face-recognition technology that can follow people in the room, voice-recognition technology that allows it to respond to verbal prompts and a hands-free capacity facilitated by spoken messages and reminders. The commercial success of Jibo could spell a revolution in technological development as demand for friendly, artificially intelligent, family-orientated robots grows.

Compulsory microchipping of dogs in England is to be introduced

From 2016 onwards it shall be a legal requirement for pet-owners in England to microchip their dogs in order to reduce the numbers of lost, stray and abandoned animals. This nationwide campaign, utilising existing RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) microchip technology, should improve public safety, promote animal welfare and cut costs associated with sheltering ownerless dogs. The simple procedure involves injecting the RFID chip under the dog’s skin and costs around £20 while failure to get the animal microchipped could cost non-compliant dog-owners as much as £500 in fines.

Agricultural robots will continue to revolutionize farming while new technologies will be developed

The shift towards automation in farming should continue in 2016 as new solutions are sought to the problems facing the agricultural industry that includes labor shortages, inefficiency and environmental damage. Agricultural robots, utilizing state of the art technology, can sew seeds, detect pests and diseases, treat plant ailments, harvest crops as well as take and analyse soil samples. The 2016 agBOT Challenge will see the brightest minds in the artificial intelligence and robotics fields compete to develop robots capable of planting seeds as well as monitoring plant development.

The latest technology is to be released, dramatically increasing broadband speeds

Communications giant British Telecom (BT) is set to update its broadband service in 2016 with the introduction of the latest technology into the wider market. Over the last couple of years has been undergoing controlled trials that have yielded impressive results with speeds approaching 720mbps (Megabits per second) via the integrated use of copper and fibre broadband lines. The existing Fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) technology, by comparison, has speeds of around 330mbps which suggests that 2016 will be the dawn of a new era of ultra-fast broadband.