Technology is constantly evolving and innovating. This can make keeping abreast of the most current trends challenging. In a world where we are becoming more reliant than ever on technology, it’s important to be tech savvy. This is the low-down on what’s new in the world of tech, what it does, and why it matters…
Technology is not all about gaming and data. Technology can be used to improve economics and even health. Paralysis is a devastating by-product of spinal cord injuries. It means that the victim will have limited movement in some parts of their body. Scientists are currently trying to use brain implants to restore movement to these people.
Neuroscientists in France are behind this life-changing innovation. Whilst it could still be years before it’s complete, there have been promising developments. Testing has been carried out on animals. A recording device is installed beneath the skull and a pad of electrodes are put around the spinal cord. The two are joined by a wireless connection. What this achieves, in theory, is a system that translates the animals intent to move into an electrical stimulation in the spine. So brain and body are once again working in harmony.
This was starting to become a big trend last year, and it’s popularity shows no signs of slowing down. Voice search technology allows the user to speak to their phones and instantly receive answers to questions, schedule dates in diaries, and even turn the heating off at home. This technology is set to be introduced to more areas of our lives than ever before. Forget asking your phone the weather, it could be useful in our homes and workplaces too.
Virtual reality technology was big news last year and continues to be this year. VR can come in the form of headsets for gaming, immersing you in a virtual world. The latest in VR tech is virtual reality retail, a new three-dimensional environment for users to explore.
Artificial intelligence is always big news and 2017 is no different. This year we can expect to seem some impressive leaps forward as investment into this kind of tech rises. Autonomous machines are the big new development, vehicles which drive themselves. Businesses will start using machine intelligence to gain insights into better services for customers.
Solar panels were the tech of choice for eco-conscious consumers. Years after they were first released, these panels still aren’t up to the job. A new solar device promises to succeed where solar panels failed. Scientists are working on a new kind of solar energy device. It will work by transforming heat into beams of light. In theory, this will be cheaper than solar panels and harness far more of the sun’s energy. Turning sunlight into heat and then back into light, is the general idea. This could increase efficiency and provide cheap and continuous energy.