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