3 Tech Trends that Will Make Waves in 2019

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Technology continues to grow at lightning speed. Innovations in both software and hardware are popping up every day. We’re now using products that we never thought were useful 10 years ago. The years 2017 and 2018 saw the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Now, AI assists the latest computers and phones.  With innovations like these applied to mainstream technology throughout just two years, it’s exciting to see what 2019 has to offer.

5G Connection

“Fifth Generation” or 5G connection is predicted to become mainstream this 2019. This upgrade is a big jump from its predecessor, the 4G LTE, with its much faster speed and improved connection quality. The fastest 4G LTE network back in 2018 was T-Mobile, boasting of average download speeds of 19.42 Mbps. 5G’s initial tests, on the other hand, show median speeds of about 1.4 Gbps – a huge leap from what we have today. All the more reason for IT practitioners to upgrade their knowledge and get network+ n10 007 certified.

5G also promises to reduce latency to as low as 1 millisecond, which is great for self-driving cars that need real-time updates over the internet. The fifth generation also boasts better-optimized connections, allowing more people to connect to a cell tower without any loss in speed. With this type of connection, the promise of being “always connected” will be a reality before we know it.

Better Digital Immersion

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Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are popular for their gaming applications. We’ve seen AR’s capabilities in games like Pokemon Go, wherein a digital creature looks like it’s living in the real world. VR had immersive first-person perspective games like Skyrim, which transported the user to a fantastical reality.

Both experiences created an immersive digital reality which even the advertising and manufacturing industries are testing. Ikea, for example, created an AR app that users can use to check how furniture pieces would look like inside their house before they buy them. It’s interesting to see what would happen when AR and VR are combined and how this mix will support businesses.

The Rise of the Digital Twin

Digital Twins are 3D rendered replicas of real things. They can be simulated to perform the way the real physical object would work. This concept has been used for over 30 years now with computer-aided design (CAD) models. NASA has long been using this technology to run aircraft and spacecraft simulations.

Digital Twins can help mostly manufacturing companies because of their potential to predict problems within a product before the product is made. For example, a boat engine twin can be simulated to run in different types of currents to see the challenges it may face at sea. This ability to see possible issues and improve upon them will save companies a lot of time, effort, and money. Industry experts predict that 2019 will see more digital twins go mainstream, with blazing fast internet speeds and faster hardware being more accessible.

The trends of 2019 are leaning towards efficiency and accessibility. As current technologies advance, they also become more available for the public to consume and improve. It shows with VR, AR, and Digital Twins, which used to be exclusive only to governments, universities, and tech companies that have the computing power to sustain them. The rise of 5G only accelerates this by providing everyone with better connectivity, allowing better access to information and the operation of devices wirelessly. The future is now.