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Katie Colleran

12 Dec 2016

Tech Trends To Watch In 2017

As 2016 comes to an end, we're looking forward to the new year and, inevitably, all the shiny new tech that comes with it! We've picked our favourite trending tech products set to take 2017 by storm.

VR

2016 saw the launch of Oculus Rift and Playstation VR in gaming circles, and it's clear that virtual reality is going nowhere. In fact, it's set to take over concerts and sporting events from next year. And what could be better than front row seats to see your favourite band or sports team from the comfort of your own home?

We already have a range of affordable VR ready headsets in the ACS4IT store, such as the Samsung Gear and LG Viewer. Click here to find your perfect fit.

Smart Devices

The Devolo Home Control Starter Pack contains everything you need to get started with smart devices to enrich your life in the home or office. The pack comes with a smart hub, a door/window sensor and smart plug, but peripheral items are available for you to expand your smart network as much as you need.

Our range of interactive whiteboards are sure to make waves in the classroom. As a replacement for traditional chalkboards or flipcharts, they add a whole new level of engagement and value to your lessons. Why not pair with our range of interactive tablets designed for classroom use?

Autonomous Vehicles

Driverless cars are set to transform our commute in the near future. Companies such as BMW, Tesla and Toyota are currently racing to build their versions of autonomous vehicles, whereas Volvo (a brand renowned for its safety reforms) plans to roll out semi-autonomous "deathproof" cars before working up to completely driverless vehicles.

Mostly every successful car brand around the world is now staking their claim in the autonomous market. Whilst it's unlikely we'll be able to buy one for ourselves in 2017, the developments are set to be significant.

Drones

Many tech-lovers have already snapped up a drone for themselves, and businesses are also beginning to invest in them. These little robots are already used for Amazon deliveries in the US, but as features continue to be added to the devices, it's clear they can also help us with tasks such as aerial surveys, crop/herd management and traffic enforcement. We've also recently seen Apple using its own fleet of drones to enhance its Maps service, as it looks to compete with Google Maps. As further advances in technology are made, we'll undoubtedly see more possibilities of what's achievable with a drone on your team.

ACS already have a range of drones available. Check them out here.

E2E Encryption

With the threat of cyber attacks now a major factor in business risk, it's important to make sure your network is locked down. E2E (end-to-end) encryption is industry standard across e-mail clients, but as we begin to use alternative methods of communicating with one another at work or at home, it's important we know just how secure our information is.

Messaging apps such as Whatsapp, Viber and Facebook Messenger have already introduced E2E encryption as standard, in the wake of various hacking attempts in the tech community. You can also employ the same type of security for your business. View our range of security products here.

Chatbots

You've probably seen a web chat box pop up before while you've been browsing the web. Whilst some live chat services are actually manned by a real agent, the majority are automated chatbots - programmed to assist your customers while they're browsing your website.

Chatbots allow your business to be contactable 24 hours a day. But is your customer ready to interact with one instead of a real person? Surprisingly,49% of customers surveyed for Ubisend's 2016 Mobile Messaging Report would rather contact a business through messaging than over the phone.

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