Next Year’s Tech: What You Need in Your Home and Offices in 2016

It’s technology’s Murphy’s law: as soon as you buy something, a new model is released, making your recent purchase out of date. This can make it difficult to decide which tech is worthy of your investment or even if you should invest at all. That’s why, today, we want to help you get ahead of the curve. Here are the top tech and design gadgets and apps you will want in 2016.

Satellite TV

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Wait, what? Satellite TV isn’t new! That’s true: satellite television has been around for a while. What is also true is that satellite television has come a long way and now you only need one connection. That one connection will allow you to connect to live tv feeds, on demand entertainment, etc. whether you’re at home or work. For example, depending on local availability, DirecTV offers programming virtually everywhere, so you can hook up your account through your home or office and have access to it anywhere you go via phone, tablet, laptop, whatever. This can be particularly handy if you want to keep up with financial reporting in real time before a presentation to make sure your numbers are as recent as possible, or play HGTV in your interior design offices.

Wearable Tech

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The Apple Watch and FitBit aren’t the only wearable tech out there. In fact, in 2016 we expect that the wearable tech market will explode. According to WT Vox, you can expect new Apple Watch and Fitbit devices out next year. The odds are also good that Steam will finally release the HTC Vive, their answer to the Oculus Rift (which is also due in 2016).

Smartphones

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Every year the smartphones get smarter and 2016 will be no exception. There are rumors, of course, about what the new iPhone 7 will feature. The most common rumor is that Apple will do away with the headphone jack, instead providing users with an adapter they can plug into the lightning port. Another is that the home button will go from being a tactile button to a sensor, like the home screen itself. Alongside the iPhone 7 is the highly anticipated release of the Samsung Galaxy S7 which is rumored to be putting screens along most of the sides of the phone–top, bottom, right, left. Unfortunately it looks like the back will still just be a back. Sony’s Xperia is also supposed to get an update and, though it isn’t thought to be as fancy as the iPhone or Galaxy, the Xperia is supposed to have waterproofing and a battery that lasts all day. No more worrying about accidentally dropping your phone in a puddle!

Apps

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There are many impressive looking apps and services coming out in 2016 that, if they live up to expectations, could completely change the way we interact with the world.

For example, one of the apps expected to change the world in 2016 is Business for Messenger, an app that will let you schedule appointments, ask companies questions, etc. using Facebook’s Messaging services instead of having to actually call them on the phone.

Periscope, a live-streaming app linked to your Twitter account, debuted in 2015 and considered to be the most popular app of the year, is expected to explode in popularity in 2016 and get even better.

These are just some of the ways that tech will be improving and expanding our lives in 2016. We’re willing to bet that most companies are waiting for the calendar to actually flip over to the new year before announcing their most impressive developments, updates, and new gadgets. So save your pennies, fellow designers. This year looks like it will be expensive for people who love design, apps, and new tech.

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