Augmented Reality, Wearables, Low Cost 3-D Printers Wave of Future, Says IEEE Computer Society

What’s coming in the new year?

According to the IEEE Computer Society, which recently announced its Top Ten “most important technology trends for 2015,” consumers will see an astounding number of technological innovations in augmented reality, wearables, and low-cost 3D printers, among other things.

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While cybersecurity is still a critical concern, IEEE president Thomas Conte, an electrical and computer science professor at Georgia Tech, thinks progress is being made.

“Researchers have been working to address these issues for a number of years, however 2015 should see real progress in these areas,” said Conte. “We are reaching an inflection point for 3D printing, which will revolutionize manufacturing, and the exponential growth in devices connected to the Internet makes interoperability and standards critical.”

Three of the predictions:

#1 — “The time is right for wearable devices: Imagine a wearable device that tells time, sends and receives email and messages, makes calls, and even tracks exercise routines. Smartwatches hitting the market do all that and more. Both established players and small startups in 2015 will be actively involved in developing new devices, applications, and protocols for the wearable electronics market,” notes .

#2 — “Internet of Anything will become all-encompassing: The reality that up to 26 billion things will be connected on the Internet by 2020 is sinking in. The Internet of Things and Internet of Everything in 2015 will morph into the Internet of Anything. IoA envisions a common software “ecosystem” capable of accommodating any and all sensor inputs, system states, operating conditions, and data contexts — an overarching “Internet Operating System.”

#3 — “Building security into software design: As the volume of data explodes, along with the means to collect and analyze that information, building security into software design and balancing security and privacy are becoming top priorities.”

To peruse the remainder of the predictions — which are mind-expanding — click here.

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