Innovations in technology evolves fast that futuristic ideas leave us in awe. The world is changing, for sure, but we were not prepared for it to be this quick. However, tech innovations that stagger us are not always grand or dramatic. They’re not always disruptive, nor they involve landmark technologies. Some of the brightest tech ideas for 2018, which are very impressive, are actually fairly simple. These small scale innovations are existing products, but were made better. Though these tweaks were not as splashy like the biggest breakthroughs, they sure have the same importance. Here are the tech innovations that will grow much more in 2018.
Multitasking AI Assistant
Google Home has stepped up its game over Amazon Echo, when they allowed users to combine two actions with only one voice command. For instance, now it’s possible to say, “Dim the lights and play some jazz,” or, “What’s on my calendar and what’s the weather?” Although, it’s a minimal improvement, it adds great natural human-like effect to AIs, unlike before when the technology is much more like rigid computers.
Binge Watching Necessity
There are those TV shows that captivate our interest, and make us forget about our social life, and binge-watch a whole season. Of course, after 6 consecutive episodes, no matter how much we like the show, we’ll want to skip the introduction song. Netflix had thought about that, so now, viewers can click the “Skip Intro” button, to avoid any further annoyance it may bring. HBO viewers are also probably looking forward to finding the same option in the future.
Mobile-use as a distraction when driving has been an issue for years. Now, phone makers have gotten serious in solving the problem. For example, Apple’s iOS 11 now includes a “Do Not Disturb While Driving” mode, which automatically turns on when the phone senses vehicular travel, or when the phone is connected to the car’s Bluetooth speakers. This technological feature also mutes all non-urgent notifications, and offers to send text responses that send an “I’m driving” message. Innovators also discourage mobile use by locking the phone unless the user claims as a passenger.
Some smartphones today thought of a new way to summon the phone’s AI assistant. Unlike the usual way of invoking the assistant by pushing a button or through voice command, users just have to squeeze their phone. The feature is available with HTC’s U11 smartphone, which by squeezing the bottom half of the phone, can bring up Amazon Alexa. It’s the same with Google’s Pixel 2 phones, where of course, it’s tied to Google Assistant. This option is a lot more dependable, as well as immediate, and this technology could change the way we use smartphones.
Google Photo Sharing
Google has “Shared Libraries” feature that recognizes faces, and then automatically shares photos to people who have permission. It works by designating a trusted person such as your spouse, and once the person approves, Google will automatically share photos with them. The technology also offers limited sharing to specific faces. It can save a lot of time for sorting, as it only takes a few minutes to setup, and sharing will be automated instantly.
Convenient Group Payment
Bill-splitting is now available in different apps like AirBnb, Lyft and Uber. This technology renders things more convenient for friends and groups who like to travel. Finally, the burden of one person that will have to collect all the payments has been eliminated. As well as, no one will be ever get to hoard all the credit card reward points for the trip.
Have a look at this interesting video that touches upon a few upcoming technological advancements: