It’s that time of year again when I ask everyone in our office to channel their inner psychic and come up with technology predictions for next year! Here are our technology predictions for 2014:
Stuart Avera, VP/CTO
3D Printing will start to become mainstream. Imagine cheaper 3D printers in every home! The ability to download that part to your broken sunglasses and print it may not be mainstream in 2014 but could come in 2015!
Gil Morris, Systems Engineer
- “Captain to Enterprise” – Advances in communications are right out of Star Trek. If adopted I could see an entire range of uses for these ranging from scientific, military, business and personal uses. Of course the cost would be a viable factor but imagine Mobile carriers like Verizon adapting this technology to enable a global reach. Unit costs, construction materials, and FCC regulations will tell how many of these devices we can expect to see in 2014.
- “Tea, Earl Grey, Hot” – Another incredible advance in 3D printing technology, and another shameless plug for Star Trek. New software enhancements give those of us with less than PhDs in Physics and Engineering the ability to design complex 3D models and have these designs printing directly to state of the art 3D printers. I foresee a more widespread application for 3D printing and its share in the business sector, among others, take strides in 2014. I have already been impressed with the current medical uses in place now and believe the limits here are indeed one’s imagination.
Richard Baker, Account Manager
- Windows XP will finally die. The 12 year old operating system served us well. Now it’s time to move on.
- Tablets everywhere. Tablets will start showing up in restaurants, stores and public spaces trying to create an instant and exciting customer experience.
- There will continue to be a rise in videos. Websites with videos on a landing page have a 53% higher chance of showing up on the top pages of Google. Studies have shown that videos are shared 1200% more times than links and written content combined.
- Companies will continue to embrace BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Employees like it because they are familiar with the technology. Employers love it because it allows employees to work when they are not in the office.
Check out last year’s post to see how our predictions for this year held up!