Yesterday I attended a sneak preview of the tech trends we can expect to see in 2019. The event was hosted by the most influential (not to mention largest) tech show in the world, CES, and it was an honour to attend. So without further ado – here is what we can look forward to over the next year or so:
Increased progress to establish 5G by 2020
Remember when our smart devices suddenly felt much smarter the moment they were on 4G? Well get ready for that feeling again. Expect high speed data transfer, barely any latency and a wireless network that can cope with all of the information that our increasingly connected lives provide. Here in Europe we can expect to see 5G rolled-out by 2020.
Increased Intelligence for Artificial Intelligence
Have an Alexa already? The more you interact with her (or indeed any AI) the more intelligent she becomes. In fact so many of us are starting to embrace using our voice to talk to technology that we will start to see AI embedded in more everyday objects than ever before. So not just a dedicated home assistant, but in speakers, televisions, cars and more. In 2019 we can expect to see around 20,000 devices that have Alexa integrated, and more than 50,000 skills. Did you know that The Church of England even has a skill?
Augmented Reality becoming something we use increasingly in the home and out and about
Augmented Reality, a concept that Wikipedia succinctly summarises as – “an interactive experience of a real-world environment whereby the objects that reside in the real-world are “augmented” by computer-generated perceptual information” – will see more habitual use in 2019. Expect to see smart devices and AR apps transform your experiences at museums, sports events, and even save you time and effort trying on that jumper in Zara in another colour.
Virtual Reality coming that little bit closer to mass market
Virtual Reality still feels pretty virtual to the mass market but baby steps are being made to close that gap. Japan will start to open Virtual Reality theme parks where members of the public can experience things like sky-diving and adrenalin sports without the risk factors.
Confidence in Self Driving Technology Increasing
The idea that cars drive us rather than the other way around is a concept that has been unsettling to many. Whilst we are a way away from full automation, the next year or 2 should see us enter into ‘Conditional Automation’ – where the driver steps back a little from the control and into a monitoring level of driving rather than fully-active. Car companies are investing BIG – with Toyota’s investment tipped to be EUR858 million into self-driving technologies and research.
Health Technology progressing from Diagnostic to Therapeutic
We are getting used to having devices that count our steps and quantify our calories burned, but 2019 could see us tackle diabetes, pain management and more with a series of connected devices and apps that creep into the therapeutic sphere.
So as ever, lots to look forward in the world of technology. I’m excited to share things as they happen with you, both here and on your television screens.