With a slew of new innovations in the tech world in 2015, the industry is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, year after year, we are presented with the most revolutionary inventions that completely change the way we live in today. In this post, we want to highlight the top technological inventions that will shape our lives this year – wearables, OLED screens, 64-bit smartphones, and smart cars among others.
Consumer-owned digital health devices
It’s no secret that wearables will be on the rise this year, especially when most of the electronic and tech conventions are showcasing endless launches from smartwatches and wearable manufacturers. Wearables are the newest form of digital health technology that assists consumers in tracking their health in real-time. Currently, the top mobile manufacturers are also competing in the smartwatch arena, where brands such as Google, Samsung, Apple, and Sony are leading the pack.
Among the smartwatches today, the Samsung Gear S presents an innovative feature that we expect to see in the next wave of wearables. Said device, which we featured previously on our site, has the capability to be a standalone gadget that doesn’t require the need to be paired with a smartphone in order to perform mobile functions.
Aside from smartwatches, wearables also come in the form of fashion accessories, such as Google Glass with augmented reality, and clothes with health tracking sensors like the Ralph Lauren’s Smart Polo Shirt that many websites have covered in 2015. These devices are being tested to see if they will be able to assist field-based or remote workers, through ‘bring your own wearable’ (BYOW).
OLED curved screens
Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays on televisions and mobile devices are the current craze in the tech world. In 2013, Samsung revealed the world’s first’ curved OLED TV, which provides panoramic wide view and high definition visuals. According to the company’s representatives, the 55-inch televisions offer a similar “IMAX feel” to watching. LG also announced their own curved 77-inch OLED TV early this year at the CES 2015.
Samsung expanded their OLED screens through to their smartphones, with the release of their new flagship device – the Galaxy S6 Edge. The handset has a 5.1-inch Quad HD Dual Curved display, which extends icons to the side panels of the device. Experts predicted that other gadgets will potentially adopt this technology very soon because of how well it has been received on the market.
PC-like 64-Bit Smartphones
Apart from adopting curved displays in their aesthetics, another feature that many smartphone producers are including on their latest handsets is the 64-bit chipset that is said to process mobile requests as fast as personal computers. The first to fully introduce the technology was Apple when they released their iPhone 5S. Recently, the company has ensured that their latest flagship smartphones, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, are also running the same power. Based on the data showed by O2, Apple upgraded the A7 chip of the iPhone 5S to an A8 chip on the iPhone 6 to provide faster processing with 50% more energy efficiency.
The rest of the mobile manufacturers, such as Samsung and LG, have also released their own set of smartphones with 64-bit chip to compete with Apple’s offering.
Smarter cars of the future
There will be a rise in the number of smart cars this year that have the ability to self-drive, lock and unlock via a mobile app, and those that can be located via a smartwatch’s GPS tracking. During CES 2015, we witnessed a number of automobile manufacturers and their high-tech cars that present the future of smart vehicles. Some of the top brands that joined the conference were Ford, BMW, Audi, and Mercedes.
However, top tech companies also revealed their own vehicles, with NVIDIA’s auto-pilot car computer that’s powered by the NVIDIA Tegra K1 chipset being one that garner much praise. There are also reports regarding Google’s upcoming driverless car, which will be called the Google Chauffeur. Last year, the search giant presented a prototype of a car without a steering wheel or pedals. It is reported that further testing on the car will commence in the San Francisco Bay Area later this year.
It’s inevitable that there is still a host of new tech inventions yet to be unveiled by some of the leading frontrunners mentioned in this article. And hopefully we’ll get a glimpse of these in some of the major conventions scheduled for 2015.
What other life-changing inventions do you expect to see in 2015?