Whatever else might have been going on in the world last year, 2017 was massive for emerging technologies.
There were so many major developments and new things to be excited about, in some ways it’s a little like being back in about 2008 again. The first iPhone was making waves, and for the first time smartphone technology was beginning to get taken seriously – rather than as a toy of your friend with more money than sense. App developers were springing up everywhere and there was everything to play for. Now in 2018, we’re seeing the same patterns.
With that in mind, and because emergent and future tech is our bread and butter here at mobbed.io, we’ve put together a short State of the Future address to take you through where each of the major future technologies is right now, and where it might potentially be going.
We’re not in Kansas Anymore
As we said above, all these new developments are a little like being back in the halcyon days of early mobile tech. There is one major difference between then and now that you might have noticed though – this isn’t 2008.
The mobile market was so unexpectedly disruptive that at the time businesses and markets had no idea what to do with it, and many were burned or made obsolete due to that – looking at you Blackberry. Instead of being blissfully unaware, businesses are staying well abreast of every new development, and in many cases are aggressively investing in the new emerging technologies.
One area that has seen surprising growth for many of these still relatively young technologies is the Industrial sector, which was somewhat lukewarm to the mobile wave. Already companies are investing in Augmented Reality apps for construction work and are utilising the Internet of Things to monitor massive projects like oil and gas platforms. As these initial projects show results, expect to see a lot more investment from this area in the future.
One thing’s for sure though, there’s everything to play for still, and with all that’s been happening, you’ll to pay attention before you get left behind.
The State of the Future (tech)
If there was any technology last year that had people’s attention it was Blockchain and Cryptocurrency. It’s been dominating the news in recent months as the first Bitcoin Million and Billionaires have been created and has everyone and their Grandmother searching “what is blockchain?” online.
At the latest estimate, as of January 2018, there are over 1300 active cryptocurrencies across the web, and expect that number to grow substantially by the time the year is out.
Still, it’s not just the potential for making cash that has people interested in Blockchain. The combined security and accountability of Blockchain has people flocking to it as a means of investment outside of the typical financial circles, and this has been seen as a potential see-change in how finance will be conducted in the future. Watch this space.
If you want to get a piece of the Blockchain action though, you can find our ranked list of Blockchain developers here.
Augmented reality has, until recently, been a bit of a solution looking for a problem. It’s not as flashy or futuristic as VR, not as potentially lucrative as Blockchain, and while Pokemon Go was a phenomenon, who do you know who still has it installed now?
Still, gimmicky games aside, the technology has returned to the limelight recently with Apple and Google not just jumping onto the Augmented Reality train, but basically highjacking it with the introduction of ARKit and ARCore. Massive names like IKEA have also been publicly creating apps using AR but that’s not where the real market is, not according to our sources anyway.
One area that has seen surprising growth for many of these still relatively young technologies is the Industrial sector – which infamously was either unaware of, or apathetic to, the mobile wave. Already companies are investing in Augmented Reality apps for construction work and other big projects. As these initial projects show results, expect to see a lot more investment from this area in the future.
Interested in Augmented Reality for your business or company? Find our AR developers right here.
Virtual Reality, always the go-to technology used to advertise emerging tech, began to truly become adopted by the public with the release of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vibe and the steady stream of better and better software for the platform.
While this isn’t as big a jump as Blockchain or AR, what it does mean is that the VR market is already further down the line in terms of maturity. The public are already getting used to the idea of people they know, friends & family, owning one of the headsets. Having said that though, it’s still a largely a niche technology that only really is seeing growth in the Gaming industry.
What VR needs now is an innovation to push it from niche to properly useful in order to maintain its presence outside of gaming. One very promising area is actually in Medical training, where surgeons can practice operations on patients in virtual reality, learning many of the skills they’ll need without the need for physical subjects. It’s not quite found a stable place in the market yet though, so there’s a lot of ground there to plant a flag in.
If you want to be the one to take VR to the next level, find our VR developers right here.
Artificial Intelligence news has been alternately received by the wider world as either exciting or terrifying depending on whether it’s about what it can do for us or what it does as it advances. Despite what the headlines say about Alexa’s occasionally weird responses, A.I. is not as advanced as it could be – ever tried to ask it something in an accent? – but it’s taken real strides recently. The developments in 2017 have been tipped as being the start of it moving from being a novelty into a full fledged utility.
Smartphone assistants, self-driving cars, cancer detection, finding new solar systems and even picking out keywords in emergency services call to aid in diagnosis, A.I. is at the heart of all of them. It’s still very young as far as application goes though, and there’s so much scope for utilising it to create apps and services that take away the grunt work and make the world a better place.
Unlike some of the other emerging techs, it’s unlikely there will be massive leaps forward in this area, but instead a steady improvement over time. It’s not as exciting, but it’s more robust – A.I. is here to stay whether we’re ready or not.
If you want to make the next great voice controlled A.I. app, find our Artificial Intelligence Developers here.
Internet of Things
What started for most of the wider world with Samsung making a twitter enabled fridge has now evolved into an quickly growing but underrepresented technology in emerging tech – Internet of Things. Smart Home tech is where most people will come across it, and with Nest and Philips providing more and more affordable (and practical) Smart Home tech, expect to find at least a Smart Thermometer in a lot more homes in the near future.
Like AR though, one of the more unexpected areas that has adopted IoT aggressively has been the Industrial market. The technology is being used to monitor massive facilities like oil and gas platforms in ways that weren’t previously possible, making working on them that much safer. On top of that, being able to control multiple aspects of the facilities from a central hub gives a great amount of flexibility and allows for a much more efficient way of working. It’s introducing new paradigms into these industries, and it’ll be fascinating to see where it goes next.
Still, as we said before, like everything else, this is a growing market and it’s those who get in early that will thrive.
If you want to be part of that wave, our Internet of Things developers can be found right here.
So that’s it, the State of the Future (tech).
It’s a really exciting time to be involved in these technologies and we at mobbed.io are doubling down on being at the frontline of them by always adding new and exciting technology developers so you can always find the perfect fit for your next big development project.
So whether you’re looking to make your own cryptocurrency, create a projectable keyboard or make the next VR program that’ll blow everyone away, mobbed.io has all the best future-tech developers in the world and they’re ready and waiting for you to get in touch.
So, what are you waiting for?