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Top Tech Trends for 2013

Just like that 2012 was here and gone. Can you believe it is already time to usher in a new year? While some people have a tendency to look back at the end of a year and reflect on how the year went, what changes occurred, and what was accomplished, keeping an eye on the future is important as well.

So what can we expect from 2013? Will it be an amazing journey of technology advances and leaps forward? There are most definitely some very fantastic and feasible technologies on the horizon that we should be hearing more about and hopefully experiencing in the coming year. Here are some things that have piqued our interest.

The Top 10 Tech Trends for 2013

  1. Smart Phone Accessories – As the battle over building the next amazing phone rages on, some very savvy developers are focusing on accessories to fill specific niches. A great example is AliveCor’s iPhone ECG which is a phone cover with sensors that doctors can use to diagnose patients with. Smart phones are becoming the primary way we connect and as such accessories will play a more important role is maximizing the usefulness of our devices.
  2. Apps Become Transparent – By that we mean they fade or become invisible while in use. As sensory input options increase (think Siri’s voice activated commands) the need for flashy apps will be lessened and become more minimal in nature as people will need to look less as they do more.
  3. The Study and Use of Data Expands – With all of these applications and networks, information is being compiled at an astounding rate. In some cases the information is being shared in ways that help people gain a better understanding of a particular field (such as the medical community) but that should increase even more in 2013 giving people more of an opportunity to understand people and trends in active ‘real time’.
  4. Biometric Authentication – You see it in James Bond or Mission Impossible, people using sophisticated scanning devices for fingerprint and retinal scan identification. With the increased speed and capabilities of our cell phones, is that time much further away for other secure transactions such as banking or simply signing into Facebook. Thumbprint password carries have already been around for desktops, the next step of biometric authentication is probably much closer than you think!
  5. Automated Assistants – With so much information coming at us via networks and feeds, 2013 will mark the year that people develop assistant applications that will help filter information and make basic decisions based on a person’s needs. It will be basic ‘if, then’ commands but still it will be one step closer to artificial intelligence.
  6. Tablet Prices Drop – There are so many more competitors in the market and realized uses for tablets keep appearing. Tablets are already being used in classrooms and offices as a way to save on paper use and replace printed media. They will be considered time-saving, eco-friendly, and a great alternative.
  7. Customer Experience Becomes Critical – As the gap has closed between companies regarding technology it will be the customer experience that truly sets businesses apart. For years Apple had the market cornered in offering a great experience, but now other companies understand the need to deliver a specific experience that customers respond to.
  8. Social Networks Re-shape the Health Industry – As people share and interact more the pool of health data increases which can help provide more proactive care based on a better understanding of similar issues and more complete analysis that can then be shared to improve healthcare for everyone.
  9. Rise of the Micro-Networks – Facebook was the beginning but has become too big in many ways. People will flock to micro-networks that meet specialized needs. Understanding new networks and how they relate to the overall picture will be an important step for businesses and marketing companies along with those who study human behavior.
  10. The Cloud Grows – Cloud computing has far exceeded expectations already and will continue in the future. Businesses will employ hybrid clouds and individuals will get personal clouds. This is all part of the shift to mobile devices and the ability to access information anywhere at any time as fast as possible.
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