When it comes to tech gadgets, 2017 certainly didn’t disappoint. From wireless headphones to drones to new and improved smartwatches and so much more, the past 12 months have been a great time to be a tech junkie. So, what’s in store for 2018? After a flurry of buzz this past fall, there will be some pretty cool gadgets making their way to consumers over the coming months. Here are a few trends that should be on your radar.
Internet of even MORE things
As a society, we are becoming more and more connected and this trend will continue with tech gadgets in 2018. Over the next year, consumers can expect to see even more connected devices, well beyond just laptops and smartphones. Not only will we be able to virtually control everything from our locks and light switches to our office equipment and just about anything else you can dream up, but the adoption of such a connected lifestyle will also continue to grow.
Virtual reality becoming a true reality
When VR technology first emerged, it was something few consumers could actually experience. The headsets were clunky, complex and incredibly expensive. In 2018 – thanks to further development – VR will become much more mainstream. And it won’t just be headsets that are used anymore. Newer gadgets will begin to hit the market that have VR capability and are affordable enough that the everyday person can easily participate.
Another trend in tech gadgets that is expected to make a big impact in 2018 is the adoption of devices designed to keep our homes more secure. Today, video doorbells are making their way into homes across the globe, giving people the power to control their home security from anywhere. Over the coming months, expect to see ongoing improvement in existing technology for things like smart security camera devices, as well as enhanced capability to control these tools via mobile apps.
More wearable gadgets for everyone
Wearables, like fitness trackers, are certainly nothing new, but 2018 should see advancements in options that are far better than what are currently on the market today. For instance, some wearables will let users track air quality while others will detect blood alcohol content to help people know when they’ve had too much to drink (and hopefully avoid drunk driving). Fitness trackers may be getting downsized as experts are predicting that fitness tracking rings will replace bracelets.
Smarter home devices
2017 marked the year of virtual assistant devices, like Amazon Echo and Google Alexa (and let’s not forget Siri, who’s still holding strong). In 2018, these smart home devices will continue to be improved and expanded upon, offering new features, enhanced sound quality and greater connectivity for even better control.
The coming year should be an interesting one from a tech gadget standpoint, as we make the shift toward becoming more connected and pushing the boundaries of reality as we know it. The trends above should certainly keep us on our toes and give us something to look forward to in the New Year. And, of course, if history tells us anything, there could certainly be a surprise or two in store for 2018, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
What do you think? How do you envision 2018? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!