I was recently invited to the Fox 10 studio to talk about 2015 tech trends, and what we can expect to see. In this clip, I explain that we probably won’t see anything surprisingly new, but we will see improvement in the quality and price of a lot of the apps and services we’re currently using.
2015 will be the year that convenience technology meets more approachable pricing, making technology more pervasive than ever. ABI research estimates that 30 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020, so we’ll see rapid growth in the “Internet of things” starting this year.
It will be more commonplace to see HVAC, lighting and even sprinkler systems controlled through apps. We’ll also see a new wave of affordable but decent laptops under the $300 mark – they still won’t be ideal for heavy computing, but they will operate well for day to day school, office and personal use.
There will be more services for tracking your children, and for helping them learn to use communication tools responsibly. I really like the Filip phone, it’s a paired back phone watch for kids that only allows them to send and receive calls from 5 pre-approved cell numbers, it can also receive texts, and most importantly in case of an emergency it will call the primary account holder, begin recording audio of background noises and sends an update of your child’s location every 60 seconds. The second generation of the product has just been released and the price has gone down, too, so it’s a great time to introduce your kids to phone safety and etiquette.
Health monitoring like Fitbit and Jawbone are only becoming more popular. Again, we likely won’t see anything new in this category, but the software is going to get better, the monitoring wristbands will finally get more stylish, and these services are going to try to find new ways to remain relevant by integrating with other services and your other devices.
Healthcare providers will be offering more “telemedicine” solutions, or basic healthcare services provided via web and phone, we’ll see more businesses adopting 3D printing solutions as the quality improves and the price goes down. We’ll also see more biometric security solutions, and “contactless” payment systems, through your phone or key fob for example, and will be considered more secure than traditional debit and credit cards (at least until fraudsters catch up with the technology, that is).
2015 is shaping up to be an exciting year for technology – as prices go down we can expect to see more and more technological solutions seamlessly integrated into our lives. That excites me, what do you think?