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Age of Geeks: 2015 will bring smart advancements in tech

January 7, 2015 by Vishal Pandey, contributing writer

2014 was a year like no other for the tech industry. It was the year of Android and smarter technologies. From phones to wearable, we saw the evolution of tech devices that aimed to make the consumer’s life easier.

Tech companies also tried to implement health-awareness technologies in their devices, which was successful in many high-end phones.

Now that it’s 2015, a lot is coming our way in terms of technology enhancements and products to show us a glimpse of future tech, including smarter appliances, cars, watches, and virtual reality. All paid for with a swipe of your smartphone? 2015 may make it a reality.

Age of Geeks is our regular tech column (file photo).

Age of Geeks is our regular tech column (file photo).

So, let’s have a look at what 2015 has in store for us:

The smart-home

Thanks to prospective pushes from the likes of LG and Samsung, the smart-home market is set for sudden growth. The industry drive may mean surges in home sensor and security products (accessed and controlled via smartphone). But it will also mean more smart devices aimed at monitoring utilities and home systems, aiding productivity, and delivering entertainment.

Super drones

It may be commonplace to see an owner controlling their own drones in a local park, but the discussion about practical and real-world uses has only just begun. Drones aren’t a one-off fad, particularly with companies like Amazon keen on utilizing them. More and more useful drones will be larger parts of our lives in 2015.

Connected cars

With homes monitored, secured, and controlled via smartphones, technology isn’t going to leave itself at our front doors. Connected cars are another avenue, and Apple’s Carplay system is already exploring it. Android’s upcoming Android Auto will help develop the market further, bringing apps and services from our smartphones to our dashboards. But these are just the start.

Virtual reality at home

Sony’s Morpheus VR, the Oculus Rift, and an as yet unnamed Microsoft virtual-reality device are all being feverishly developed and fine-tuned. With each boasting solid software support, Microsoft’s device, for one, appears scheduled for a 2015 launch.

Other than these, we may also see advancements and affordability of devices like 3D printers, 4k TVs, and much more in the coming year.

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