2019 Tech Trends Worth Getting Hyped About

first_img You Can Finally Buy A Terabyte SD Card Thanks to LexarThe World’s First Foldable Smartphone Transforms Into a Tablet Hot on the heels of CES 2019, we’ve just seen what tech companies hope will be the major shakers for this year. But, which of these trends are just that, and what is worth investing in? Remember when tech companies reaaaaally thought this was the time that 3D would take hold? Yeah, it sucks to dump cash into stuff that doesn’t pan out. So what new tech is worth the cost?Definitely Not 8KTCL QLED 8K televisions on display during CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 8, 2019. (photo Credit: David McNew/AFP/Getty Images)Well, for starters, this was ostensibly going to be the year of the 8K television. And, true, there’s loads of exceptional TVs to be found, they’re still on the far side of a mainstream purchase — a solid 8K TV will run north of $4,500, eating up almost 10 percent of the average American’s income. And that’s before we even touch the dearth of content. The reality is that 4K is only now gaining major adoption — with half of households likely to have a 4K display by the end of this year. Higher-res screens are definitely available, but it’ll be a couple years yet. When we begin seeing major adoption from content providers and console manufacturers, there’ll be cause and support for this kind of purchase.Flexible Screens This is still on the edge of what consumers can afford, but this trend is likely to evolve and gain prominence very, very quickly. Because let’s face it, this really is one of the holy grails of tech. Flexible screens will be far more resistant, if not completely immune to traditional breaking. Portability, modification, and plasticity in a variety of use cases, not to mention the potential return of phone-mounted keyboards make this one a feature to watch for.So far, there’s just one major phone offering from Chinese manufacturer Royole. The developer model is a hefty $1300, but given that the latest iPhones now weigh in at around $1000, this isn’t actually too bad — and bodes well for near-term adoption from other companies.LG’s foldable, rollable OLED, too, was a stunner. But that one’s likely to come in much, much higher on the price front. Much like 8K screens, don’t expect these to hit consumer hands any time soon. But even these basic applications are incredible teases at the world to come. 5G Is (Almost) Here!Samsung 5G prototype smartphone on display at CES 2019 on Jan. 10, 2019. (Photo Credit: Andrej Sokolow/picture alliance via Getty Images)The next big wireless standard is, of course, 5G. These shifts are comparatively infrequent, with the iPhone’s entire 11-year lifespan just barely covering the last three major wireless generations. That said, 4G LTE has been the primary high-speed mobile network used by telecoms for just shy of ten years. So there’s a good chance that this next step will last a bit longer. Especially because the potential maximum throughput is more than twenty times that of 4G.It’s also coming down the pike really quickly. AT&T and other mobile operators are expecting dozens of U.S. cities by the end of the year, with at least Samsung known to be planning the rollout of their next line of phones and 5G integration later this year. Increasing Smart Home IntegrationKohel unveiled its Numi 2.0 Intelligent Toilet, with voice control technology, at CES 2019 (Photo Credit: Kohler)In the same way that the bee’s knees of the early 2010s was the 2-in-1 laptop-tablet combo, now all eyes are smart home integration. Alexa, Google Now, etc. have made massive inroads into creating massive categories for recognized commands, much stronger and more complex integration with apps and software. That’s not to mention the bevy of spendy but attainable tech like smart locks, doorbells, and lighting that middle class families may want to splurge on to help streamline one bit of their life. The fully automated home of yesteryear’s speculative fiction is still a ways off for all but the hyper-wealthy or supremely dedicated, but the cost of these systems is right for some people to start seriously begin adopting at least some smart IoT devices in their homes.Legit Flying (and Walking) Cars… We HopeFuturistic means of transportation are some of the easiest things to get excited about. I mean, for the love of all that is silicon, how long has humanity been waiting for flying cars? So, it’s easy to get pumped about the new offering from Uber partner-in-transit Bell. The fact that it has some big backing helps believability a bit. Allegedly, they’ll be rolling out by 2020, but it’s hard to say and harder to believe after decades upon decades of let-downs thus far. So time will tell.Also on the horizon, though, is the Hyundai Elevate, a walking car intended for use as a versatile rescue and support vehicle. It’s only a concept for now, but if it works as intended, it could herald a totally new way to move humans around. Modulating the size of the core tech — four legs with six functional joints as well as a similarly flexible power train — either up or down could mark a transportation revolution. Maximally accessible public transit could navigate end some dense urban environments as well as electric wheelchairs that can easily climb stairs. But again… how many times have we all been hyped for that big next step in transportation. It won’t be here until it’s here, and when it is, it’ll probably be amazing. But, as with the 8K displays, the rollout of revolutionary tech is often slow. So there’ll likely be a wait yet. But, our sincere hope is that some major player in the automotive/tech space has a fully functional consumer-class model ready to spring on us in the next year. We’ve waited long enough for flying cars, dammit. Read more coverage from CES 2019.More on Geek.com:You Can Finally Buy a Terabyte SD Card Thanks to LexarLearn From Others’ “Mythtakes,” Don’t Microwave Your PhoneThis Smart Mirror Gives You More Time to Admire Yourself Stay on targetlast_img

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