From skate­boards to vir­tual re­al­ity, we round up the top tech­nol­ogy trends at GITEX Shop­per

7 Days in Dubai - - TECH TALK -

lec­tron­ics and gad­gets fans will be stream­ing into Dubai World Trade Cen­tre on Satur­day for the first day of GITEX Shop­per. We take a look at the trends tech-savvy con­sumers will be look­ing for…

WEAR­ABLES

Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent study, the wear­ables mar­ket in­di­cates strong growth over the next five years, with rev­enue poised to reach $14 bil­lion in 2016. Wrist-worn de­vices con­tinue to be the trail­blaz­ers in the wear­ables mar­ket, with fit­ness, ac­tiv­ity and sports track­ers ac­count­ing for al­most half of the sales.

AR­TI­FI­CIAL IN­TEL­LI­GENCE (AI)

AI, sim­i­lar to the tech that pow­ers Win­dows’ Cor­tana and iOS’ Siri, and ma­chine learn­ing tech­nol­ogy which pow­ers Google’s search en­gine, will con­tinue to be in­cor­po­rated into tech­nol­ogy prod­ucts, ser­vices and soft­ware in 2016 as mo­bil­ity re­mains front and cen­tre.

3D PRINT­ING MA­TE­RI­ALS

This year will see con­tin­ued ad­vances in 3D print­ing with a wide range of ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing ad­vanced nickel al­loys, car­bon fi­bre, glass, con­duc­tive ink, elec­tron­ics, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals and bi­o­log­i­cal ma­te­ri­als for prac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tions ex­pand­ing into aero­space, med­i­cal, au­to­mo­tive, en­ergy and the mil­i­tary.

LIVE VIDEO STREAM­ING

This has be­come one of the most pop­u­lar meth­ods to view con­tent across the web to­day. The in­creas­ing use of mo­bile de­vices is also driv­ing video views, and this trend is set to con­tinue in 2016.

UL­TRA-HD TVS

With ex­cep­tional pic­ture qual­ity, ul­tra high def­i­ni­tion (UHD) TVs have quickly gained mar­ket share since their in­tro­duc­tion just a few years ago. UHD TVs fea­ture four times the pix­els per inch com­pared to Full HD and of­fer far greater con­trast than pre­vi­ous dis­plays, es­pe­cially if they are equipped with OLED tech­nol­ogy.

VIR­TUAL RE­AL­ITY

It is the year of vir­tual re­al­ity, with in­creased con­tent in the gam­ing in­dus­try, as well as the de­vel­op­ment of 360 de­gree cam­eras. In­tel re­cently in­tro­duced its new­est VR head­set Project Al­loy which in­tro­duces the con­cept of merged re­al­ity.

SMART DRONES

Drones have taken the world by storm. The Ty­phoon H, for ex­am­ple, is ca­pa­ble of cap­tur­ing 4k video footage as well as vivid 12megapixel stills in 360 de­grees. An­other pop­u­lar Huawei’s Honor 8 is the Chi­nese firm’s lat­est en­trant in the smart­phone world and it comes with a few unique fea­tures. First of all, the phone is thin and light and not very big, mak­ing it easy to carry. The 5.2-inch screen size is great to carry the phone in your hand or pocket. The phone is also aes­thet­i­cally ap­peal­ing as it has a glass ex­te­rior. I was def­i­nitely im­pressed by the 12megapixel dual cam­era that comes in the phone. The pic­tures are crisp with finer de­tails. An­other in­ter­est­ing fea­ture is that the Twit­ter app comes pre-loaded and a dou­ble-click cus­tomised op­tion on the smart key leads to the app di­rectly. It’s quite use­ful for those who are on Twit­ter 24/7. As for bat­tery life, I had to charge it af­ter 36 hours, which was great, con­sid­er­ing my cur­rent phone, needs charg­ing ev­ery 8 to 10 hours. An­other ma­jor plus is that the phone will be 47 per cent charged in just 30 min­utes. The phone is priced at Dhs1,599 and avail­able at HonorAra­bia.com drone this year is the Phantom 4, which comes equipped with au­to­matic col­li­sion con­trol and fea­tures Ac­tive Track tech­nol­ogy that al­lows the per­son to se­lect any mov­ing ob­ject and it will au­to­mat­i­cally fol­low it.

ELEC­TRIC SKATE­BOARDS

Last year the world went crazy for hov­er­boards, and now elec­tric skate­boards are mak­ing moves to gain mar­ket share, pri­mar­ily due to their rel­a­tive safety for users. The Yuneec E-Go, avail­able in the re­gional mar­ket, boasts a bat­tery ca­pac­ity of more than 28km and a top speed of 19km. The bat­tery charges within 5 hours.

SMART AP­PLI­ANCES

As home ap­pli­ances come equipped with cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy, this means they save more water, en­ergy, time and money for their own­ers. Sam­sung has re­cently re­vealed their futuristic fridge, the Sam­sung Fam­ily Hub Fridge that comes at­tached with a 1080p touch­screen, which means that you can freely scroll through apps and browse the in­ter­net while stand­ing in the kitchen.

GONE SHOP­PING: There will be plenty of bar­gains on of­fer at Dubai World Trade Cen­tre

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