5 emerging tech trends that will gain traction in 2016

5 emerging tech trends that will gain traction in 2016

We are all set to say goodbye to 2015. This was the year when many technology companies debuted with their unique offerings. Also, this was the year when we saw many new developments from existing technology spaces — starting from mobile devices to desktop computers. All this made the year 2015 another tech year for the industry that garnered huge profits and marked several new records in the past years.

Although we are about to celebrate the arrival of 2016 with all freshness and glory, there are some tech trends that are set to be grown from the past. These are not the trends that are yet to be surfaced but the ones that are already emerged. Moreover, these are the ones that will certainly mark their presence on the avenue that presently has iPhones and Androids, tablets and phablets and various apps and web services.

Emerging tech trends

So here’s the list of not just one or two but five emerging tech trends that will gain traction in 2016.

Emerging tech trends in 2016

Artificial Intelligence

Devices nowadays are quite intelligent and smart by their own. But there is Artificial Intelligence (AI) that will make them more intelligent and smarter in the future. Facebook is one of the most experienced players in the AI space. It already designed features such as facial recognition and an special experience for blind and visually impaired users to enhance its social network. In addition to the social networking giant, Apple is working on AI to improve Siri. Google and Microsoft are also in development to step into the newly emerged world of AI.

Cortana artificial intelligence

Microsoft’s Cortana already works with some AI inputs to answer your queries

AI is quite new for the world that has a large number of hardware units, starting from smartphones to tablets and notebooks. Nevertheless, the new year is likely to bring some all-new products and services that will come with the power of AI to ease our lives. Some improvements are also expected to make way to the existing digital assistants including Apple’s Siri, Google’s Now and Microsoft’s Cortana.

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality (AR) is not a new concept for the technology industry. Companies like Google and Apple are already working with their dedicated teams to develop new AR offerings. Google Glass is one of the great examples of AR technology. Ingress, which was also initially developed by the search giant, was emerged as the first major AR game for mobile devices. Apart from the developments through Sunder Pichai-led company, Microsoft is in development to enhance AR through its HoloLens that was showcased earlier this year. Analysts believe that AR has a great potential to grow over a period of time.

Google Glass

Google Glass shows the best example of AI in today’s scenario

In 2016, we would see some new devices with AR technology. Mobile operating systems including Android and iOS may receive some new inputs to support this new form of emerging technology to deliver an advanced user experience.

Internet of Things

If you’re planning to make your home or office smart, then you must have heard the term called Internet of Things or IoT. This is the most youngest trend in our list as it came to its existence just last year. But still, it influenced many well-established players. Apple, BlackBerry, Samsung, Dell and Google all are currently labourously working at their labs to develop something different for IoT. Likewise, chip makers including AMD, Broadcom and Intel are developing some new platforms to bolster the growth of IoT devices.

Samsung Smart TV with IoT support

Samsung Smart TVs now with SmartThings IoT support

IoT is expected to get an advanced face in 2016 as more number of connected devices are speculated to be launched in the coming months. These would deliver a smarter experience right at your home or office premise.

Virtual Reality

You might have seen bioscope in your childhood. But that was limited just for a film. The same technology has now been replaced with virtual reality which delivers a complete 360-degree view of a world that does not move around you but can transform your real life. Google, LG and Samsung have already designed their VR headsets to offer you an immersive multimedia experience. Facebook also bought Oculus VR last year to develop an advanced head-mounted display (HMD) solution. Apart from the hardware, there are many apps available to enable VR experience right from your existing smartphone.

Facebook's Oculus Rift headset with virtual reality experience

Facebook’s Oculus Rift headset developed to deliver VR experience

VR is considered to be grown from just being a source of entertainment to a platform for new developments. Some doctors have recently started using VR headsets to examine their patients. Similarly, students and researchers would soon be provided with some VR content enabling advancements in education and scientific studies.


Unlike all the trends that we’ve mentioned above, wearables are the oldest one but perhaps the most interesting one. We’ve already seen smartwatches and fitness tracking wristbands. Almost every second smartphone vendor is now in a race to develop wearables. You can see some examples like the Gear S2 by Samsung and the Moto 360 by Motorola. The iPhone maker also launched the anticipated Apple Watch earlier this year to finally step into this new market space. But this was not the end.

Jawbone wearables

Jawbone’s wearables lineup

We are moving towards a smarter world. That would not just have smartwatches or smart wristbands but also smart shoes, smart bracelets, smart buttons, smart laces or even some smart tattoos. Even some of these are already in development to make you smarter in the coming future.

Here comes the end of the list of five emerging tech trends that will mark growth in the technology space in 2016. Many new concepts would also be arrived to enhance and uplift your lifestyle in the coming year. So keep watching for more!

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