If you are a fan of technology, 2014 promises to be an exciting year. What can you expect to see in the next 12 months? Experts are predicting major trends that will affect the way people interact with technology, live in their homes, print objects, drive and more. Read on to learn about the exciting bleeding-edge technology that the future holds.
This trend actually started last year but will really take hold in 2014. You'll see the unveiling of more and more gadgets you can wear, from gizmos sewn directly into clothing to smart watches that do far more than just tell the time. Technology will become a fashion statement in its own right, so expect to be able to add more wearable gadgets to your wardrobe this year.
More Connected Homes
Technology will influence more home appliances than ever before in 2014. You'll find all kinds of gadgets that will enhance your home life, making it more efficient and convenient, like smart meters that evaluate your power consumption or smoke alarms that send you alerts when you are away from home.
More Connected Cars
You can already start and warm up some cars from your phone, and this connected car technology will only increase this year. You'll soon be able to connect to 4G networks while on the road due to car-based SIM technologies, and embedded tech will bring a range of futuristic concepts to life, like driver-less cars and solar-powered fuel.
Less Computers, More Tablets
Computers are already being replaced with tablets and smartphones, and that trend will continue in 2014. Screens on tablets will be growing to fill the gap, and you'll be seeing more hybrid keyboard/touchscreen portables popping up on store shelves.
Television Screen Changes
At least two companies, LG and Samsung, are experimenting with curved television displays that offer an exciting alternative to traditional straight, flat panels. These new models won't be on store shelves at affordable prices for a while, but you can catch a glimpse of them this year before they likely become mainstays in our lives.
3D Printing Becomes More Accessible, Affordable
Three-dimensional printing is a growing trend, and prices of the high-tech machines are expected to drop this year, making them more accessible than ever before. Entry-level systems may be available for as little as $500, allowing more people to experiment with the exciting new form of manufacturing.