2017 has been an amazing year for technology. We have already discussed the best tech of 2017 and it only made sense to follow it up with what the future holds for us. In this post, we’ll look towards the future and list out the tech we want to see in 2018. Now, some of the stuff mentioned here will be based on leaks and rumors so take this information with a pinch of salt.
Fingerprint scanners underneath the display in smartphones
When the front of the iPhone X leaked, there were a lot of rumors that Apple was going to implement TouchID underneath the display. This obviously was not what happened and we instead got FaceID. But around the same time, Qualcomm announced its own fingerprint scanning tech. This new technology has support for Display, Glass, and Metal. We even got to see some of it in action. Vivo showcased the tech at MWC Shanghai. Now it is still pretty slow but I think it will get better with time.
— Richard Lai (@richardlai) June 28, 2017
Samsung has also patented something similar and there are rumors that it will make its way on the S9. It is highly unlikely that this is going to happen but if it does, it’s going to be pretty awesome.
Advances in AR and MR
We have already discussed how much AR has improved in 2017 with Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore. 2018 will be the year in which AR apps will probably flood the market. Google’s ARCore is still in developer preview and supports only the Pixel phones and the S8 for now. Hope we get a full SDK in 2018, as not everyone can afford these phones. Mixed Reality also got a huge boost with the announcement of Windows mixed reality. And with it, Microsoft is set to become the biggest VR player in the market. The headsets basically provide the same functionality as an HTC Vive without the need of base stations which drastically cuts down the time required for setting up the device. These devices have already made their way to the market at a much cheaper price tag and don’t require a beast PC to run them. And they also have the potential to double up as an AR platform.
More Applications of Blockchains
Bitcoins became extremely popular in 2017, which in turn popularized blockchains. The concept of blockchains is now being applied to other aspects as well. From investments to criminal records, more and more people are experimenting with blockchains because of the high level of security that they provide. This is still pretty new tech and only time will tell if Blockchain is a bubble or not.
2018 is going to be an exciting year and we will be here to cover all of it as it happens. We’ll see you guys in 2018, party responsibly and have a Happy New Year.