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As we head into the New Year, this issue of The Tek Pulse is dedicated to predictions for 2019. Enjoy!


  1. Voice technology isn’t just a trend; it’s a paradigm shift, Sara Holoubek, Luminary Labs -- Insiders predict voice technology will dominate everything digital in 2019. Voice technology is cloud-based, and it’s improving every day. The experiences we could achieve with voice technology will only increase. Users know the interfaces by name: Siri, Alexa, Google, Bixby and more, but underneath all that are layers of software. Voice technology is essentially the three-way intersection of IoT devices, AI services and UX interactions. And voice technology brings AI straight to the user’s home. With its ease of use, voice technology is quite simply, technology for everyone. Additionally, AI-powered voice technology gets smarter as you use it, so most users will never have to create custom apps. The next billion people who get online may never need to type an email, just use their mobile devices and voice recognition to connect online. With the rapid growth of this technology, it’s a safe bet that we will see major advances in the year to come. For more information visit Luminary Labs.
  2. What Is Blockchain And What Can Businesses Benefit From It?, Arthur Linuma, April 5, 2018, Forbes --  Experts predict that blockchain will be big in 2019. Blockchain is an append-only transaction ledger, meaning the ledger can be written onto with new information but the previous information cannot be edited or changed. Blockchains are consensus-driven, decentralized, secured by cryptography and can be made public.  Currently, the supporting technology around blockchain is limited, but many predict it will rapidly evolve, along with the potential applications for it. Businesses will add more value by incorporating this technology into their products or services and there will be a larger community of blockchain engineers. Blockchain has inspired entrepreneurs but has yet to become a technological bedrock. However, over the last year, searches for the keyword “blockchain” have increased by 250 percent. Additionally, the US senate had a public discussion about the blockchain’s most prominent application, cryptocurrency. Clearly there’s a lot of buzz around blockchains and in 2019 there will likely be more blockchain projects, especially due to a heightened need for cybersecurity. For the full article check out Forbes:
  3. Wearable AI market to grow at a CAGR of 29.75%, December 18, 2018, Evaluation Engineering – The wearable AI market reached $11.5 billion this year and is growing at a rapid rate. According to experts, the growth is due to a number of factors, including the increase in demand for AI assistants, augmentation of operations in healthcare, the rise of IoT, increase in consumer preference and demand for more wearable devices. Smart watches have received a greater consumer preference due to simplicity and convenience, which is why smart watches are expected to dominate the market in 2019. Additionally, increasing advancement toward smaller, smarter and cheaper sensors are driving demand for sensors in wearables. With the growth of cloud computing, the utilization of AI is also much easier. Moreover, high-end CPU and GPU architectures is strengthening the trend of cloud-based AI. For the full article visit Evaluation Engineering.
  4. The biggest AR/VR trends in 2019, Brynne Ramella, December 3, 2018, G2 Crowd Learning Hub – Augmented reality (AR) has often been overshadowed by virtual reality (VR), but this could change in 2019. The global AR market was valued at $3.3 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach roughly $133.78 billion in 2021. That’s a growth rate of approximately 85.2 percent between 2016 and 2021. So why the big increase? The secret weapon is mobile devices. AR has the ability to be used on mobile phones and tablets, making it more accessible than VR, which requires headsets. Currently AR is enabled on over 500 million devices and many brands have already utilized AR. For example, IKEA had success with AR following the launch of their app which allows users to virtually place and visualize new furniture in their home. With the success of the IKEA apps, we are sure to see more businesses jumping on the bandwagon. AR could also find a place in the manufacturing world, healthcare and other fields. Due to the ease of use and multiple applications, many predict AR will surpass VR as technologies improve and more and more developers and businesses adopt the technology. For more information, head over to G2 Crowd Learning Hub.
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