12 Dec 2016
Tech Trends To Watch In 2017
As 2016 comes to an end, we're looking forward to the new year and, inevitably, all the
shiny new tech that comes with it! We've picked our favourite trending tech products set to
take 2017 by storm.
2016 saw the launch of Oculus Rift and Playstation VR in gaming circles, and it's clear
that virtual reality is going nowhere. In fact, it's set to take over concerts and sporting
events from next year. And what could be better than front row seats to see your favourite
band or sports team from the comfort of your own home?
We already have a range of affordable VR ready headsets in the ACS4IT store, such as
the Samsung Gear and LG Viewer. Click here to find your
The Devolo Home Control Starter Pack contains everything you need to get started with
smart devices to enrich your life in the home or office. The pack comes with a smart hub,
a door/window sensor and smart plug, but peripheral items are available for you to expand
your smart network as much as you need.
Our range of interactive whiteboards are sure to make waves in the classroom. As a
replacement for traditional chalkboards or flipcharts, they add a whole new level of
engagement and value to your lessons. Why not pair with our range of interactive tablets
designed for classroom use?
Driverless cars are set to transform our commute in the near future. Companies such
as BMW, Tesla and Toyota are currently racing to build their versions of autonomous
vehicles, whereas Volvo (a brand renowned for its safety reforms) plans to roll out
semi-autonomous "deathproof" cars before working up to completely driverless vehicles.
Mostly every successful car brand around the world is now staking their claim in the
autonomous market. Whilst it's unlikely we'll be able to buy one for ourselves in 2017,
the developments are set to be significant.
Many tech-lovers have already snapped up a drone for themselves, and businesses are
also beginning to invest in them. These little robots are already used for Amazon
deliveries in the US, but as features continue to be added to the devices, it's clear
they can also help us with tasks such as aerial surveys, crop/herd management and
traffic enforcement. We've also recently seen Apple using its own fleet of drones to
enhance its Maps service, as it looks to compete with Google Maps. As further
advances in technology are made, we'll undoubtedly see more possibilities of what's
achievable with a drone on your team.
ACS already have a range of drones available. Check them out here.
With the threat of cyber attacks now a major factor in business risk, it's important to
make sure your network is locked down. E2E (end-to-end) encryption is industry standard across
e-mail clients, but as we begin to use alternative methods of communicating with one another
at work or at home, it's important we know just how secure our information is.
Messaging apps such as Whatsapp, Viber and Facebook Messenger have already introduced
E2E encryption as standard, in the wake of various hacking attempts in the tech community.
You can also employ the same type of security for your business. View our range of
security products here.
You've probably seen a web chat box pop up before while you've been browsing the web.
Whilst some live chat services are actually manned by a real agent, the majority are
automated chatbots - programmed to assist your customers while they're browsing
Chatbots allow your business to be contactable 24 hours a day. But is your customer
ready to interact with one instead of a real person? Surprisingly,49% of customers
surveyed for Ubisend's
2016 Mobile Messaging Report would rather contact a business through messaging than
over the phone.
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