The 2010s made one thing clear. Tech is everywhere in life. It’s in our homes, our cars, our TV’s and even we wear it now. In 2020 and the coming decade, these trends are likely to gather momentum.

The biggest thing is connected everywhere with technologies. That’s why a look back at 2010 technology is so interesting. We had things like smartphones, Facebook and streaming video services then, but none of them were near the mainstream ubiquity that they are today.

Meanwhile, other brands that are gone altogether – Blockbuster Video, BlackBerry, Nokia, and Palm, to name a few were still at the top of their game. Let’s have a look at what’s rolling in this new decade.

Technology taking a rapid progress from 2010-2020
Technology taking a rapid progress from 2010-2020

Here’s what to watch in tech this year

In the last few years, Amazon, Apple, and Google have battled to become the center of our homes. Then in December, tech majors came to what appeared to be a truce. They announced that they were working together on a standard to help make smart home products compatible with one another.

In other words, when you buy an internet-connected-bulb down the line that works with Alexa, it should also work with Siri and Google Assistant. This should help reduce confusion. So basically we want the devices to talk to each other instead of us being the translator between these device interactions.

If someone opens the door then the door can say to the lights that the door is open and therefore the lights need to turn on. If and when that happens, your home will truly and finally be smart. This has actually turned out to be true to a major extent as Samsung on 6th January unveiled Ballie, a small ball-shaped robot intended to help you around the house. Samsung says Ballie utilizes AI to be a security robot, a fitness assistant, a tool to help seniors connect with smart devices in their homes, and it can even be a friend to your kids and pets.

Samsung at CES 2020: Unveiling Ballie
Samsung at CES 2020: Unveiling Ballie

Rolling around and following people seems to be all that Ballie can do at the moment. But in a promotional video aired shortly after the demo, Samsung showed a bigger vision for Ballie that could someday make it more of an at-home assistant.

Ballie opened the blinds in its owner’s home, turned on the TV so that the house’s dog could have something to watch, and summoned a Roomba-like vacuum to help clean up a mess.

Samsung isn’t alone

Samsung isn’t the first to make robots billed as at-home companions. Sony, for example, recently released APIs for Aibo, its robot dog, that will apparently let you make services and applications for Aibo that let it interact with smart home devices.

Below is a concept video of what might be possible with those APIs. Some of the scenarios shown are quite similar to what Samsung is proposing with Ballie.  

The Wearables Market Heats Up

It’s a time of intense competition in wearable computers, which is set to lead to more creativity and innovation.

Computer chips are making their way into other electronic products like earphones, which means that companies are likely to introduce innovations in wearables accessories.

Two possibilities are earphones that will monitor your health by pulling pulses from your ears or earbuds that double as inexpensive hearing aids.

The Slow Steady Rise of 5G

In 2019 the industry began to shift to 5G, a technology that can deliver data at such incredibly fast speeds that people will be able to download entire movies in a few seconds.

In 2020, 5G will gain momentum, with a broader set of devices supporting it. Samsung for one has begun including 5G support on some of its newer Galaxy devices.

Apple is also expected to release its first 5G-compatible iPhones this year. One important benefit of the technology is its ability to greatly reduce latency, or the time it takes for devices to communicate with one another.

That will be important for the compatibility of next-generation devices like robots, self-driving cars, and drones.

Technology Trend in 2020

Gartner sees blockchain as top tech trend in 2020
Gartner sees blockchain as top tech trend in 2020

Technology trends in blockchain in 2020 will come with both unfathomable innovation and intricate connectivity, drawing the social responsibility of businesses to respect the ethical lines of the consumer data breach. According to the PwC report, AI Products by 2030 will contribute over $15.7 trillion to the global economy.

Analytics will see dramatic changes for businesses in terms of product modification. A machine learning app developed by Sam’s Club is already using machine learning to analyze customers’ past purchases and auto-fill their shopping lists.

It also plans to add a navigation feature, which will show optimized routes through the store to each item on that list.

Near Future

While this means more sophisticated consumer satisfaction and better business, it also begs the question of what is the real cost of consumer analytics in 2020 collected for these services.

In 2020, business not only needs to come together to form a cyber-secure ecosystem but also review their take on data analytics. For that to happen, the present staff needs to be well trained for the latest trends in technology and the process should be followed accordingly.

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