As we start the 2016 New Year, emerging trends that we will all hear about over the next 12 months will be overhyped or sneak up on all of us.
-VR (Virtual Reality). This may be the year where we will finally get (consumers) our collective hands on a VR headset. Think Oculus Rift. Pre-orders start soon, January 6th. We dont know the price-point yet, but it should be consumer steep. VR will take off eventually. VR will need a killer application to get it started. Gaming will probably be that first killer application.
-IoT (Internet of Things). Physical objects embedded with smart chips. This is the year where we will see chips embedded into everything (commercially). Its been happening slowly but surely the last few years. This year though, the push is on. From Health (wearables) to refrigerators to garage doors to cock pots.
-Cars. Most cars going forward will have either CarPlay, Android Auto, or SmartDeviceLink integrated. Google Maps, Apple Maps, Apps will become mainstream in 2016-2017 new cars.
-Drones. New models and new gear. We may see the new Go Pro drone?
-TV. More 4K TVs. More models will offer HDR, Dolby Vision, as well as OLED.
-Smart Home. Smart Home connected devices are going to hit mainstream with a major push this year.
-Cloud. Cloud will rise even further with IoT and connected devices across all platforms.