Technology is changing at a rapid pace and it is important we get used to the new tech lingo in the days ahead. We bring you 10 tech terms you cannot ignore in 2020, these keep you abreast with the current developments. These are basic tech terms that will not make you feel alien, especially when you read the headlines and fail to understand tech terms.
A few years ago this was the case with words like WiFi, Bandwidth, etc. The buzzwords or phrases mentioned here will help you enjoy tech conversations like a pro. You don’t need to shy away from such conversations in 2020 as we got you covered.
10 Tech Terms You Cannot Ignore
Internet of Things(IoT)
Internet of Things (IoT) impacts us in every aspect of our lives, the way we travel to do our shopping or the way manufacturers track their inventory. IoT is a concept where many devices and people are connected together, they collect and share data the way they are used and the environment around them. We have a number of IoT devices around us such as smart refrigerators and thermostats. Other applications of IoT, for instance, are smart locks, they use digital keys that cannot be lost or stolen, it also maintains a log of who uses a door and when. RFID tags used in merchandise can take care of theft and maintain the inventory automatically. Mobile card readers will soon replace cash registers.
A number of other applications such as self-driving cars, fitness devices, even we have connected footballs. All these IoT devices help maintain and track various statistical records that can be put to multiple uses.
Digital Twins technology gives you the ability to design and build something virtually and see it all come together before it is implemented in the real world resources and later determine the flaw in its design. Industrial products will get a dynamic digital representation right from the design phase to the deployment phase which allows organizations to have a complete digital footprint of their products. The Digital Twins technology is cost-effective and accessible to the business world, thanks to the widespread reach and usage of the Internet of Things
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Artificial Intelligence(AI) is a fast-growing emerging technology but don’t be fooled into thinking it is only meant for big organizations. It can help all businesses big and small as it can offer personalized experiences to customers by maximizing your time and automating manual tasks, like data entry. Engineers will be better equipped to use AI and need to embrace flexibility and adapt to changes in the work with robotics, natural language processing, automation, and more. There are two schools of thought, where some think will AI ever be achieved, and others who insist that the creation of superintelligent AI is guaranteed to be beneficial.
Generative Design is a design exploration process that uses AI software and the computing power of the cloud. Engineers input design goals in the AI software with various parameters such as code performance or spatial requirements, materials, manufacturing methods, and cost constraints. This enables it to create digital solutions that have never been developed by the human mind or at least in a quick time.
Generative design technology has been used in everyday objects such as chairs, power tools, etc. It is already being used in various industries such as Automotive, Aerospace, Consumer goods, Architecture and construction, industrial machinery, etc. The technology makes the impossible design possible. The tech helped Airbus in solving engineering barriers during the designing of A320 aircraft. With the combined efforts of man and technology, the engineers managed to cut down 45 percent of the weight of the part.
Internet searches have progressed from our desktops to the mobile phone, we have traditionally been using it typing text terms into a ‘search engine’. All this has changed we are already using the technology in numerous smart devices like Apple’s Siri, Google’s Home, or Amazon’s Echo device. You can do hands-free and search for whatever you are looking for. Now we have Smart TVs, mobiles, and even desktops where you can simply click the voice search icon and search the internet using your voice.
Voice search is a technology you need to keep abreast of as it will help expand the customer base, create more efficient in-house processes, and increase engagements for customers and staff.
We are aware of LEDs, Mini LED is a smaller version of the same thing. It ensures small light sources that play a big part in making sure TV’s and other devices show images. Light plays a major role in the way it functions. Earlier in 2019 Ming Chi Kou announced that Apple will be introducing the mini LED technology by next year in its iPad and MacBook series.
What makes it special is it uses a greater amount of smaller light to give an output which is similar to the LED. This makes it easy to darken parts of the image and preserve brightness in other areas known as local dimming.
The technology is already in use with some of the TCL TV’s and we can see it being used by Apple soon.
5G is already available in a few cities in the US thanks to Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T. It is a technology that has not become a standard for mobile internet, only a few expensive phones are able to deliver the service.
The tech is bifurcated into two categories based on the frequencies it uses to transmit data ie. Low- and mid-band 5G is below 6GHz, while mmWave goes above 6GHz.
There have been rumors which suggest the iPhone will be introducing two new smartphones with 5G functionality. Where one of them supports a low- and mid-band 5G, while the other two support up to millimeter wave, or mmWave, 5G.
The Sub-6GHz 5G is slightly slower than the mmWave which can offer blazing speeds to smaller coverage areas but cannot handle physical obstacles such as buildings or trees. It also requires the construction of additional cell sites.
Game streaming is the biggest trends in gaming, with the launch of Google Stadia and the eventual rollout of Project xCloud in 2020 it is certainly going to be huge. Traditionally we have been used to playing games on console or PC where we require the hardware that powerful enough with the right combination of software. This will soon be replaced by game streaming, here you don’t need to have loaded hardware or spend money on buying games. Simply render the games from a data center and stream them on your mobile, web browser, or TV.
The slow internet connection can play spoilsport, but Google is confident with its streaming platform. Google stadia is already launched in November, while Microsoft is also planning to do something similar to xCloud next year.
In the year 2020, we are bound to see some major changes in how people play games.
4K is widely being used on many of the latest television sets, but there is a new sensation around 8K displays likely to get intense in the year 2021.
A 4k TV offers you 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, while an 8k display can offer 7,680 x 4,320. Higher resolutions mean you get a sharper picture quality and a clear image which means 8K display is going to look better than 4K TV.
The technology is not a standard yet, though Samsung has already launched its 8K TV in the US, these can cost thousands of dollars. Content for Olympics 2020 in Tokyo will be available in 8K. Apart from that, there is not much content around us available in 8K.
Consumer-grade VR has been around for quite some time, but it has been expensive and requires a large space for enjoying high-end experiences. This might all change for VR developers and creators in 2020 as they get to enjoy a never before experience with true hand-based input for VR with Hand Tracking.
Hand Tracking on Quest will offer VR enthusiasts and early adopters benefit from more natural forms of interaction. The wireless Oculus Quest is impressive as its not only an affordable VR headset but offers the killer feature “hand tracking”.
Hand tracking turns your hands and finger into controllers and in the near future, we will no longer need other physical controllers in the games and apps that
support it. Similar tech is being used by Leap Motion.
Though the current VR motion controllers are good to work with its a complete game changer when you simply use your hands as controllers with hand tracking.