It sometimes seems like we’ve gone from the invention of the first mobile phone to the latest folding smartphone in the blink of an eye. Over the last 40 years, we’ve been bombarded with wave after wave of new technology and with each new wave come new gadgets and devices that change our lives. We’ve all got used to the speed at which these changes are taking place and perhaps a little desensitised to the magical quality that some of this technology possesses.

It wasn’t that long ago in our history that the telephone was regarded with suspicion and fear and yet now we barely raise an eyebrow at the mention of video calls or mobile payments.  We’ve come a long way since the dark days of landlines and answering machines, and we’ve become accustomed to the speed at which technology is being developed to make our lives better and easier. But what’s next?  What more can the smartphone do for us? The answer is ‘plenty!’ The technology on the horizon is about to send us forth into a future that was once only dreamt of in the realm of Star Trek.

Tech You Can Wear

Wearable tech is on the rise. We’ve seen it in development for a while now and we’ve seen it in use in devices like Fitbit and Apple Watch. Wearable tech is still in its infancy but when it matures we’ll see this technology put to use in a myriad of ways. This tech will transform the way we use jewellery, clothing and glasses, all of which will be become ‘smart’. Whether you wish to track your fitness, your health or even your fashion choices, you’ll find a wearable gadget that can transmit information to your smartphone. Software developers will undoubtedly be focusing their attention on more and more apps that can work hand in hand with this technology.

Virtual Reality  

We’ve been teased by VR tech for a long time now, but we predict that over the next couple of years VR will finally come into its own. The applications for VR are vast and various and could be spread over many sectors, not least of which is gaming. In fact, we suspect that VR will become part of everyday life thanks to gaming in particular. Video gaming is one of the most tech savvy sectors of all because gaming software developers rely heavily on new tech to stand out from the competition.

One quick look at a site like new-casino.ca will show you that the games that top the ‘best’ lists on every new mobile casino are the ones with the sharpest graphics, the cleverest gameplay and best storylines – just think what VR could add to the mix. Gamers could truly feel like they’ve walked into a casino, or a fantasy land, or even a war zone and become completely immersed in the game they’re playing.

A smartphone with VR technology would be a game changer for games like Pokémon GO, for example, hopefully surpassing even our wildest expectations. But it’s not just gaming; VR could have amazing applications in the education, travel and communications sectors.

Voice Recognition

Voice recognition is already here but it hasn’t quite reached its full potential yet. We predict that within the next year or two, voice recognition technology will improve to the point where any device will be able to understand every single thing that is said, even slang words, and be able to respond accordingly.

We’re almost there with Siri and Alexa but not quite. With ‘smart’ becoming the buzz word for all our household items and amenities, it’s obvious that we’re going to want to be able to control all these smart devices using our smartphones with voice commands that are intuitive and not robotic –it’s just a matter of time. Smartphone users know that the benefits of voice recognition are numerous, but the tech isn’t up to the mark. We’re chomping at the bit for it though!