What’s New in Tech?
We all know that 2020 has been a year full of technology and virtuality. The pandemic caused by coronavirus disease has resulted in widespread social upheaval. People spend more time with technology and shop for food and other consumer goods through lifestyle applications. Government orders require children to participate in online learning, while non-essential enterprises either close or have employees work from home.
As such, people can find it helpful to use video conference services in times of physical distance to schedule 'happy hours' between colleagues and friends, celebrate vacations and life events with loved ones, organize business meetings, and continue online educational activities. Online platforms also offer opportunities for individuals to engage with their preceding communities (such as worship houses, fitness centers, and community centers) by providing live streaming services and seeking and establishing new links. That being said, let’s look into what is new in technology for us to divulge as the second wave of the pandemic kicks in.
1. Fastest travel: Virgin Hyperloop
The world's first passenger trip, Richard Branson's Virgin Hyperloop, has completed a super high speed, levitating pod device, which is a crucial technical safety test that aims to transform the transport of humans and cargos.
The company's DevLoop research location in Las Vegas, Nevada, reaches speeds up to 107 miles/hour by Virgin Hyperloop executives Josh Giegel, Chief Technical Officer, and Sara Luchian, Chief Experience Officer. A journey between New York and Washington takes only 30 minutes in a hyperloop system with magnetic levitation to make a nearly silent journey. This will be twice the speed of a passenger plane and four times the speed of a high-speed train.
2. Finally 5G?
Although a wider variety of 5G Android phones were developed by a number of Android manufacturers by 2020, the launch of Apple's 12 5G iPhone was crucial. In the US, at least, 5G will gradually become an omnipresent expansion in Verizon's ultra-wide spectrum and in 2021 T-Mobile/Sprint merger.
T-Mobile and Verizon are expanding their skills and technologies for 5G home networks. These systems vary from standard broadband cables since there is no cable inside the home. Providers can instead mount a sophisticated 5G router that can take 5G signals near your home (if there are any) and then choose the signals from the box like a standard Wi-Fi in-home router.
3. Clubhouse: Influencers are entrepreneurs too.
Almost every social media site has converted its top users into stars – YouTubers, Viners, Dubsmashers, TikTokers, and even influencers from LinkedIn. Now, before expanding into entertainment, Clubhouse is trying to develop its own local celebrities, an app that only developed its name with technological investors. The app is testing a "Creator Pilot" invitational program with over 40 influencers from Clubhouse, who represent a new class of fame. Club House has 600,000 registered users and took off in May, enabling people to access pop-up audio chat rooms.
The Silicon Valley crowd was initially popular with the app. In May, after an investment operated by Andreessen Horowitz, Clubhouse was priced at almost 100 million dollars. However, its user base has grown in the last few months. The app offers a range of popular talk shows as well as discussions between risk capitalists, D.J. Theatrical gatherings and political meetings, Night networking events, speed dating.
4. No More Theatres?
Over the past 10 years, home entertainment has advanced exponentially. It includes Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, HBO Now, and more. More people are expected to remain at home to try to stop the new coronavirus from spreading. HBO’s parent company, WarnerMedia, looked into just how many of its subscribers are spending more time watching movies and TV shows over the last couple of weeks. Warner Bros. announced that its whole slate of movies would release simultaneously in theaters and on streaming platforms in 2021. Consumers are finding and buying larger and larger 4K TVs at lower and lower prices.
Samsung finally announced its consumer version of MicroLED TV. There's a good chance that we'll finally witness the convergence of affordable 8K TVs and some decent 8K content (4K content will be upscaled) in the future. The year 2021 will also see the release of Wonder Woman: 1984, arguably 2020's biggest release on HBOMax on Christmas. The film will be a watershed moment for all major releases and a signal to other studios to rejigger their release schedules.
5. The IoB is about using data to change behaviors
Sensors or RFID tags were used to determine whether employees were washing their hands regularly. Computer vision determined if employees were complying with mask protocol. The Internet of Behavior (IoB) will continue to affect how organizations interact with people.
The themes they will be looking after in 2021, are as follows:
- People-centric: Whilst the pandemic has changed the number of people employed and communicating with organizations, people remain at the center of business. And in today's world, they need digitized processes.
- Independence of location: COVID-19 relocated where physical personnel, clients, providers, and corporate ecosystems are situated. The independence of position needs a change in technology to sustain this modern business version.
- Resilient delivery: in the world, uncertainty is present, whether a pandemic or recession. Organizations able to swing and adapt can cope with all forms of disturbance.
Data from many sources can be obtained, merged, and analyzed by IoB. These include company data, citizen data, and social media. The adoption and size of IoB will be heavily influenced by data-protection laws that differ from region to region. In compliance with the aims and consequences of each application, IoB has ethical and social impacts.
6. What is 3D Mesh Tech?
A 3D mesh is a structural build of a 3D model consisting of polygons. 3D meshes use reference points in X, Y and Z axes to define shapes with height, width and depth. Most 3D models are created by artists using software packages like Maya, 3D Studio Max or Blender 3D. When creating animation models, polygons are carefully laid for continuous edge loops.
Apple unveiled its iPad Pros and iPhone 12 Pros with lidar scanners in 2020. I hope to see a new set of applications in 2021, which are less dependent on sensor whizbang. And when Apple is intelligent it will use the scanner to establish Siri's first visual virtual appearance, which is like the Jarvis of Iron Man. The ability of the scanner to see any size and surface enables Apple to communicate totally with any entity.
7. Social Media is Bigger than ever
Our desire to gather in our own social media bubbles represents the human psyche. Talking to each other on Twitter is not enough. People want their own countries on social media. The sites like Parler, Discord, Telepath, and Clubhaus can become more popular as long as they do not escape the core ideological ideals that gave rise to them and retain their devoted (or invitational) users.
This does not raise the 2021 news and one can but hope that more centralist outlets can open their doors to all viewpoints and help move people away from the bloody edges of group thought. In spite of expert warnings, Facebook has prohibited QAnon and other hate groups. It needs to do more to limit misinformation and hate speech. Facebook can do this, but it must do it so that the government and regulatory groups prevent increasing pressure and retribution. The biggest issue for Facebook is how its infamous feed algorithm answers its concerns.
8. Work from Home is here to stay
We will never go back to the workplace in 2021, even with a vaccine. Many businesses have already revealed plans to continue working from home for the majority of their workers.
28 percent of the average working day is spent on email alone. Adaptive Wi-Fi uses artificial intelligence to map where and when Wi-Fi is most used. Zoom, Skype, and Google Hangouts make it easy to remain linked over distances. You can recreate the convenience of in-office communication over the web using instant chat apps like Slack, Telegram, and Quip.
If you're working from home, you'd like to communicate with your colleague. The ability to communicate individually or in groups allows anyone who wants to see your post to do so immediately. You will stay at the top of the numerous plans and products with the right project management tool. There's already a good number of remote workers in the U.S.
The demand for digital assistant products is increasing by more than 50 percent per year. The digital assistant in your home is already in a strong chance. Digital helpers will make calls, e-mails, take notes, etc. PC sales and tablets, like a remote learning eruption, are now boasting the work of the home revolution. CES 2021 is a showcase for devices with improved displays, cameras, microphones, and speakers that look ready for leaving the home (integrated 5G).