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Hot topics in technology for 2023

There is a lot to know about companies we all rely on to power our lives and businesses

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1. 5G

Apple 5G modem, the tech company’s new technology that enables Apple products to connect to the internet, making it possible for users to access the internet from anywhere. The Apple 5G modem is a small device that has a unique and intelligent design that allows it to connect to the internet in a variety of ways. It is a little bit different than other modems because it has its own built-in antennas and is designed to be used in the same room as your phone or computer. The Apple 5G modem is compatible with both iPhone and iPad, and is easy for users to set up. But Apple just announced that the new custom modem won’t be ready in time for the Phone 15 launch. Apple said that the missing piece is the 5G chips, which have been backed up in the supply chain bottleneck for some time now.

 

  1. Accessibility

Google recently launched its new Accessibility Discovery Centre (ADC) at its London office. The tech giant announced its intentions to further its understanding and commitment to accessibility technology and innovation across its product and service lines. The Google Accessibility Discovery Centre is a project designed to help people with disabilities learn about the different ways they can use technology. This website provides information on how to make computers and they're other devices more accessible, what options are, and how to make devices more friendly and functional. The website also includes a range of articles, videos, and tools to help users learn more about the subject.

 

  1. Artificial Intelligence

As futbol fans all over the world tuned into the 22nd World Cup, they witnessed multiple uses of artificial intelligence. From video-assistant technology, helping referees on the field make accurate calls to the more than 15,000 cameras, tracking crowds across eight stadiums, and algorithms using data points like ticket sales and stadium entrances predicted crowd patterns and helped prevent stampedes, AI was everywhere. In fact, even the soccer balls are loaded with motion sensors, which report location to a data center 500 times per second. But Artificial intelligence is also the new competitive edge for the players fan love to watch. Many athletes are starting to use AI to help them train and improve their game. AI can help athletes with everything from planning workouts to finding new ways to play to analyzing data and making predictions. One of the biggest benefits of AI is that it allows players to focus on playing the game rather than doing all of the repetitive work required for training. With AI, players can spend more time on the field or court, and less time worrying about their training.

 

  1. Augmented & Virtual Reality

Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) from AARP has launched a program to help older adults thrive in the new digital world. Tech Tank is an innovative program that allows participants to engage with and learn to use new technologies, all in a supportive environment. The AARP backed program launched this past summer at the Senior Planet centers in Palo Alto and New York City and plans to expand to additional centers across the country including Denver, Plattsburgh and Miami in 2023. The program was created to help older adults clear the hurdle of unfamiliar technology, many of whom are on the wrong side of the digital divide. The program offers a space for older adults to interact with new digital devices with the support of in-person trainers.

 

  1. Cryptocurrency & NFTs

The blockchain group, Texas Workgroup on Blockchain Matters, which is comprised of at least a dozen members from state agencies, Texas universities and the blockchain industry is urging Texas to become the new hub for blockchain. Industry leaders are encouraging Texas to become the center of activity for blockchain and related technologies, including cryptocurrencies as Texas has been a friend of the mining industry for some time now. The Lone State is already home to a significant number of blockchain activities such as crypto mining, which is welcomed in Texas given the activity’s massive energy needs. According to the group, many people still lack a true understanding of blockchain technology, but they believe Texas is positioning itself to help foster growth for the industry.

 

  1. Design, Sourcing & Packaging

Kellogg is empowering the blind with on-pack NaviLens technology. The Kellogg company, in an effort to be more accessible-friendly, is working to change the way millions of adults in the United States who are blind of have low-vision navigate grocery stores and choose their favorite breakfast cereal. Kellog has incorporated the innovative NaviLens technology onto the packaging of four of its most popular coral brands: Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, Special K Original, Rice Krispies and Crispix. The front side of the boxes will feature a NaviLens optical smart code, comprised of colorful squares on a background that can be detected and read by NaviLens and NaviLens GO apps, enabling consumers to locate boxes from several feet away, navigate to them and hear the brand name, package sizes and nutritional information. The app will be able to communicate information in 36 languages.

 

  1. Entertainment & Content

As users exit the Twitterverse, social media users are looking for new spaces to hold discussions, namely Mastodon, Hive Social and Post. Mastodon, which was founded in 2014, has welcomed a handful of ex-Twitter users, with nearly 180,000 people joining the platform in a single day recently. According to Mastodon, the decentralized  open-source platform has grown to more than 2.5 million users in the recent weeks. Hive Social, which was founded in 2019 saw it’s user-ship grow by 250,000 users overnight just a few weeks ago. Post, a platform that merges both news and social medicaid that the site had 180,000 people on its waitlist in recent weeks, while just 20,000 have been invited to join.

 

  1. Wearables

The global wearable skin adhesives market size is expected to reach $581.3 million by 2028. The wearable technology industry includes electronic devices manufactured to be worn on the consumer’s body. As demand for wearables increases, specifically those used in advanced textiles, navigation systems and healthcare, the industry is expected to see a 8.5% growth in market value over the next five years. These devices are also growing in use, with wearable skin adhesives worn by users the whole day have the capability to gather real time health data including quality of sleep, total steps and heartbeat rhythm. Devices are now being developed that can identify certain diseases, heart related disorders and cancer.

 

  1. Fitness

Wondercise, the creator of Live Motion Matching technology is expected to announce a new fitness concept. The concept is expected to serve as an extension of its online fitness service. The Wondercise Gym is a new concept gym meant to bridge online and on-site fitness experiences with a focus on motion tracking, engagement and group fitness. As part of the update suite of services, Wondercise will announce the newly upgraded Live Motion Matching that will track and analyze live courses happening in real time.

 

  1. Food Technology

McDonald’s has begun testing its first robot served restaurant in Fort Worth, Texas. The restaurant is fully automated and requires no human interaction and no human contact to order and pick up. A video shared on TikTok and Instagram showed how customers can use automated screens to order their food, ultimately collecting it from machines. McDonalds, in a released statement said that the new restaurant also includes a new feature called the “order ahead lane”, where customers can pre-order and receive their order on a conveyer belt.

 

  1. Home Entertainment

Masimo is unveiling a software upgrade that will turn millions of home entertainment systems into health data collectors. Recently, the San Diego-based company that focuses on life-boosting products revealed why they required Sound United, the backbone of sound and home-theatre brands such as Bowers & Wilkins and Denon, for $1.025 billion. According to Masimo, the company’s leadership is leveraging Masimo’s monitoring technologies to transform existing healthcare, safety and entertainment to improve life in the hospital and at home.” In the future, Masimo home entertainment systems may be used to monitor breathing patterns and other health related data.

 

  1. Robotics & Drones

Genesis Medical Center recently demonstrated a robotic technology that can detect cancer in patients. With this new technology, a cancer patient undergoes a series of tests on their blood that is then analyzed by the robot. In the field of cancer research, it is estimated that only ten percent of cancers are diagnosed early enough to be treated effectively. With this in mind, Genesis has invested in a new robotic technology to help detect cancer in the earliest stages possible. This technology utilizes a combination of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computer vision to create a 3D image of the human body. The image is then analyzed and compared with a database of images taken from healthy patients. With this process, doctors can identify the presence of cancer or other disease markers early on before it spreads.

 

  1. Smart Home

Athom will showcase the all new Homey Pro smart home hub at CES 2023, before introducing it in worldwide retail in Q1 2023. Homey Pro is a privacy-aware, locally operating universal smart home hub built to create better smart homes. The wireless device, which is currently available for preorder (retail $399) features smart home technology that enables users to connect multiple devices from countless manufacturers, thanks to its all-in-one hub which is usable in any home. Connecting all of the smart devices in a single home has long been a challenge, one that Homey changed with the introduction of a hub for the smart home that allowed users to access devices in one location without scrolling through apps. Aside from connectivity, Homey Pro comes with functionality like Homey Flow and Advanced Flow for automation, Homey Insights for historical data, and Homey Energy to show real-time energy usage and generation.

 

  1. Space Technology

Celestial Acquisition Corp., one of the latest cool-kid companies in the growing industry of space exploration, announces closing of its initial public offering. The company has a vision of finding new ways to explore the universe and make it accessible for everyone and recently partnered with NASA to explore the possibilities of space tourism. Celestial Acquisition Corp. (TSXV: CES.P), is the first Space Technology focused capital pool company to list on the TSX Venture Exchange Inc., recently announced that it had completed its initial public offering of $500,000, the maximum offering under its final prospectus dated November 30, 2022. The Corporation issued a total of 5,000,000 common shares in the capital of the Corporation at a purchase price of $0.10 per Common Share.

 

  1. Sports Technology

It is estimated that the global sports technology market will expand from $21 billion in 2022 to a value of $41.8 billion by 2027. According to a proprietary report from MarketsandMarkets, the industry is expanding rapidly as more as more people are engaging in sports and the number of available technologies is increasing. The industry is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 16.7% over the next five years. The report mentioned that the online sale of smart watches has grown immeasurably and specifically spotlighted Garmin’s running watch, the Forerunner 955 Solar, that includes solar charging with up to 49 hours of battery life in its GPS mode.  Meanwhile, North America is expected to hold the largest sports tech share throughout the forecast, as venues such as Los Angeles’s SoFi Stadium have over 2,500 Wi-Fi 6 access points to create a more immersive fan experience. Connected stadiums are on the rise, with the report noting an IT network partnership between Cisco and Hollywood Park.

 

  1. Startups

Automotus, a four-year-old startup focused on automating curb space in parking-strapped cities, recently raised $9m in funding. The company provides self-parking services for busy city centers. The Automotus parking app allows drivers to find a parking spot more efficiently by using cellular-enabled cameras to collect data on parking vacancies. Whether going to a concert, a baseball game, or headed home, this app will helps drivers find a parking spot without the added stress of driving around for long periods of time, which is especially helpful in major metros. The app also shares where drivers can park for free, how long it will take to walk to from the selected parking spot to their destination, and how much the price of parking is. The company says its tech can reduce congestion and emissions by up to 10%; reduce double-parking hazards by 64%; increase parking turnover by 26%; and increase parking revenue for cities by more than 500%. Automotus works with cities like Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Omaha and Bethlehem to automate payments for vehicle unloading and parking, enforce curb violations and manage preferred loading zones and discounted rates for commercial EVs, the startup said.

 

  1. Sustainability

While the textile industry is a major contributor to the world economy, it is also the most polluting. In recent years, environmental activist have called for the textile industry to help combat pollution by investing in sustainable technology and practices. One way the textile industry has become more sustainable is by investing in natural fibers, which use fewer chemicals and water in the production phase. Another way the textile industry has vowed to combat pollution is by building in systems that reuse recycled materials that are often thrown away. Recently, Protein Evolution, Inc. (PEI) — a biological recycling startup with the mission to build a world without plastic waste — launched an R&D collaboration with fashion icon Stella McCartney to trail-blaze the future of sustainable fashion.

Joining the ranks of mixed-textile recycling innovators including Worn Again and Circle Economy, Protein Evolution’s recently introduced new technology that transforms textile and plastic waste into the valuable chemical building blocks of new textile and plastic products.

 

  1. Travel & Tourism

As the travel slump ends from COVID lockdowns, travelers are seeking plans, trains and automobiles with a vengeance, heading to new places more often than ever before. As travels research their next destination, virtual tours have proven to be a useful technology for both potential travelers and potential local hosts. While virtual tours have been a favorite among travelers for years, they are becoming more popular as the technology improves. These tours provide a high-quality experience that allows people to view the world from a bird's eye view and explore locations with ease. With virtual tours, travelers can explore places that are hard to reach or find out what it would be like to visit a specific place. Not only can potential travelers view the attractions that are popular with locals and travelers, tours such as Google Street View and Wikivoyage enable researchers to launch a virtual tour in 3D and 360 views, giving them a taste of what life on the ground would be like.

 

  1. Vehicle Technology

For many, driving can be a stressful experience, from increasing commuter traffic, fuel costs and vehicle safety. As a consequence of the latter concern, in recent years, the automobile industry have seen a big increase in the demand for safer and more efficient cars. In response, car makers have invested in a series of technologies that can assist drivers in driving safely, while helping to elevate at least some commuter stress. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) have been developed to make driving easier and safer. ADAS are computer-controlled systems that assist drivers in maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles, warning them of imminent collisions, and alerting them to traffic lights and other road conditions. These systems include lane departure warnings, automatic emergency braking, and collision warning systems. This technology is quickly becoming more popular with car companies as well as insurance companies as it can help drivers avoid accidents and make driving safer.

 

  1. Web3 & Metaverse

The Metaverse, the brainchild of Meta (formerly Facebook) has remained the highly anticipated virtual reality that gives the user a three-dimensional view of the virtual world. Upon its unveiling, potential users were promised an escape from the real world, as the Metaverse had no physical boundaries, allowing users to move around in this virtual space. There are also no social norms, so there is nothing to stop you from being yourself, or being something other than yourself. And this expanded sense of what could be means endless opportunities for the creators who will build the Metaverse. Lamina1 may be the early answer for these creators. Lamina1, the metaverse-focused layer 1 blockchain dreamed up by science-fiction author Neal Stephenson and blockchain expert Peter Vessenes, is launching the Lamina1 Ecosystem Fund (L1EF) to provide Web3 builders with a capital-raising tool for their open Metaverse ventures and to offer investors a chance to get in on projects at the ground level. The layer 1 blockchain is the brainchild of Neal Stephenson, who coined the term "metaverse" in 1992, and Peter Vessenes, co-founder of the Bitcoin Foundation.

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