Technology is improving at a quicker rate now than ever before. How you interact with people at work may change sooner than you expect. In just 10 years, we have seen the rise and fall of crypto currency, social media become a part of everyday life, and on-demand streaming become the norm. It can be difficult to predict the next new tech trend, but it is clear that the technology we use today will evolve into the foundation of new tech tools to come.
Upgraded “Old” Tech
Some of the technology we use every day has remained the same over the past 10-20 years, yet how we use these technologies has changed. Take, for example, office computers and phones. Today’s computers have become much more useful since they first became standard in workspaces. Computers are now expected to come equipped with fast processors allowing multiple tasks to be performed simultaneously, high-speed internet, and often dual monitors. Phones are increasingly wireless, and cellphones are now just as powerful as a small computer. How we use technology to communicate can change faster than the rate new tech devices are created. It is important to adapt to these changes so that you can always be communicating in the most efficient manner with clients. Ten years ago did you expect to be sending messages to hundreds of clients a day through multiple channels without the use of email? Thanks to social media, you probably do.
Web cams have evolved into cameras on our phones and computers that now make video meetings a breeze. A virtual meeting can be held anywhere as long as there is a network connection. Visual enhancements are becoming more integrated into meetings every day. One could infer that video calling/meetings could soon adapt into virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).
VR requires a very strong computer to operate and a lot of free space to move around in. However, augmented reality can be accomplished easily through your phone’s camera. AR is an image of a 3D object that can appear or be placed in a real 3D space when being viewed by a camera.
Imagine in 5 years hosting a video conference where you send the attendees a file that their phones could scan and place the file or object in front of themselves through the use of their cellphone. AR could also be used in a way to provide additional story visuals similar to those used in PowerPoint files. Amazon already has been working with AR-capable products that can be scanned and virtually placed to scale in a room so that users can imagine the actual size of product and how it will look.
Although technology fads do come and go, it is a good investment to track what’s new and emerging. It very well could be the next communication accessory “must have” in your everyday life.