Tech in 2016

Posted 07/01/2016 by BrightHouse Team

Every year sees a host of new technology arrive, from better smartphones and new TVs, to futuristic cars and wearable gadgets. 2016 will bring a whole new selection of tech to our lives, from new ways to experience games to helpful robots in our homes.

Here’s our selection of the tech to look out for in 2016, courtesy of the CES 2016 technology show going on in Las Vegas right now.

Virtual Reality

Virtual reality (VR) has been around for a long time, but it’s only now that proper gaming VR headsets are becoming a reality, and 2016 is the year. The device that’s been grabbing the most headlines for some time is the Oculus Rift, but there are many other contenders on the market too, such as HTC’s Vive, in partnership with game developer Valve, as well as a device developed by Sony for their PlayStation 4 console.

tech in 2016

A VR headset will give players a whole new way to experience games, making it feel like you’re actually there in the game world. There are already lots of indie games that can be played with a VR headset, but developers are really going to start integrating the technology into their big releases in the coming years as VR becomes the must-have gaming accessory.

Oculus Rift and HTC’s Vive should both be released in the first few months of 2016, as well as Sony’s PlayStation VR.

8K TV

Just when you thought they couldn’t possibly squeeze any more pixels into a TV screen, LG have been showing off a new range of 4K Ultra HD TVs, as well as an unbelievable 8K model. The 98inch 8K TV is unlikely to be appearing in shops any time soon as it’s still just a novelty at the moment, but the range of Ultra HD TVs is getting better all the time.

One of the most exciting innovations is TVs that are able to convert non-HD material in to HD, so you can enjoy almost any content in crystal clear quality.

Smart Cars

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Self-driving cars have been popping up in the news over recent years, but this year sees more car companies attending CES than ever before. The drive is for more environmentally friendly everyday vehicles, more connectivity with the internet and smartphones, as well as cars that can drive themselves.

While fully automated cars aren’t quite ready to be let loose on the roads of Britain, there are cars that can be programmed to stay in lane and keep a steady speed on the motorway, as well as feature clever built-in cameras that add safety by automatically braking to avoid collisions.

Robots

Most of us are used to interacting with artificial intelligence every day, usually in our smartphones such as Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, or Google Now. 2016 is going to see a big increase in robots designed for use in the home, such as Blue Frog Robotics’ Buddy robot, which will go on sale this year. This cute little robot can zip around your home interacting with family members and helping with simple tasks.

Buddy isn’t quite as good as C3PO just yet (or BB-8) but it’s exciting to see robots appearing in homes, and it’ll only be a few more years before they start becoming more specialised for different jobs like cleaning or babysitting.

You can find more news about the technology and gadgets featured at CES 2016 here: www.cesweb.org

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