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3 of the most incredible technologies for 2016.

2015 has been a huge year in many tech sectors. Things only seem to be increasing; both in the speed with which new technologies are being developed and in how we’re slowly shaping and adapting to fully interconnected lifestyles.

If you haven't kept up with the all the current tech trends, don't worry, that's what resolutions are all about!

Here are just a few of the biggest tech trends that have begun to emerge, and how we can expect to see them evolve and further change the way that we live our lives in 2016. Include these in your business plans for next year and get on board with these three amazing new technologies.

1. The Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things, or IoT for short, is the network of physical objects or “things” embedded in with electronic devices like sensors, electronics, software, and network connectivity, which allows all these items to collect, share, and exchange data with each other.

This powerful concept means that items like your smartphone, appliances, or even taxi cabs and flights, can connect and exchange data using Wi-Fi and other technologies. IoT is about interconnecting everything around us and creating intelligence from the aggregate of data they create.

We've talked about how IoT could change your office forever, and things are going to get even more interesting next year with the advent of more integrated tech.

Thinking large-scale, IoT allows companies like IBM to collect massive amounts of data and use it to help planes fly smoother by using data on weather patterns, current environmental conditions and maps. Plane engines powered by IoT technologies can predict when maintenance is required before anything happens and make sure things are optimized to run efficiently.

Small-scale, we can expect to see products like the FitBit and Google Nest Learning Thermostat becoming more popular. The FitBit not only tracks your physical movements and sleep patterns, but can sync with other products to help give you a comprehensive overall view of your health, eating habits and sleep patterns to paint a fuller picture of your overall health.

We can also expect to see more products like the Google Nest increasing in popularity. The Nest is a thermostat that “learns” your habits as you use it, and will eventually learn to do things like turn down the heat when you’re not home or turn on the air conditioning before you arrive, saving you money, effort and time.

2. Drones

Small unmanned aerial vehicles – or drones, as we usually call them – have been a hot-button topic in 2015, and it doesn’t look like they’re going away anytime soon.

In fact, earlier this year GoPro confirmed that they were pushing ahead with the recent plans to develop and launch a quadcopter during the first quarter of 2016, and this year Amazon began testing drones to use as a part of their Amazon Prime Air program. This program could see Amazon drones delivering small packages from local Amazon order fulfillment centers straight to their final destinations.

You've no doubt seen drones being used for sky-high film footage, and many business have been using this technology to get creative with photos and video of their products, services and business locations. Just be sure you're aware of the laws for flying an "unmanned air vehicle" according to Transport Canada.

3. Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality, or VR for short, is set to explode onto the consumer market in 2016. The Oculus Rift, the most hyped-up of the bunch that was recently acquired by Facebook, is set to release a consumer version in the first quarter of 2016.

While consumers have had to wait for the Oculus to be released, developers have been frantically working to create content for a variety of other VR platforms, including Google Cardboard, the GearVR and most recently Valve’s HTC Vive that allows users to move around within a 15 x 15 foot radius. This means that there’s already a wide variety of content available for consumers to start interacting with the moment they get their hands on the physical product.

These tools will allow users not only to experience gaming in a new way, but will also influence sectors like training, travel, real estate, interactive storytelling for film and television, online advertising, direct messaging and social sharing. 

One Winnipeg startup is already well on their way with a virtual reality strategy. Check out the story of Bit Space Development. It doesn't stop there, as even more companies are getting into the virtual action.

What's on your tech resolutions list? Share them in the comments section.

Alyson Shane

Alyson is a Winnipeg writer, content marketer and social media manager. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric & Communications from the University of Winnipeg and runs her own business providing businesses and individuals with their copywriting, content marketing strategy and social media needs. She lives and breathes digital culture and has been nicknamed the "Queen of the Internet" by her Twitter followers. When not online she can be found gardening, riding her bike or sipping fancy coffee.

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