The realm of consumer tech, much like any other social platform, has its trends and styles. Be it biased towards performance or leaning towards design, usage, and ergonomics, we all have different terms that keep up with what’s the latest. As an update, here are 20 of the latest techie words that you should learn today, and hopefully, properly use:
3D Printing – Innovations and recent cost efficiency tweaks allowed this late 20th-century tech to warp its way to modern homes. Still in the prototype stages mind you, but already has the potential to become a standard reality.
5G – 4G is still not reliable and fast enough for you? Then how about a new set of internet and networking technology protocols designed to surpass further this? Welcome to 5G, where regular data speeds are now calculated in Gbps.
8K – Yes, it is as its name directly suggests. 8K is the next exponential upgrade to 4K, and while 5K, 6K, and 7K are already making their rounds, 8K will most likely be the next-generation standard for video media broadcasting in the next few years.
Bluetooth Low Energy – also known as BLE or Bluetooth Smart. Remember how Bluetooth devices tend to be more power hungry than their normal counterparts? This tech is designed to remove this inherent issue.
BYOD – this term has been around for a while though only became popular now after high-end tablets and smartphones became relatively standard. Stands for Bring Your Own Device, it shifts the use of company-issued hardware to self-brought consumer tech devices in corporate settings.
Chrome OS Tablet – Chromebooks have now been split into another category thanks to the introduction of 2-in-1 “semi-Android” hybrids, which are currently introduced informally as Chrome OS tablets.
Cognitive Computing – Remember that last time when a non-human player joined a Jeopardy! Game? Then you’ve seen the brain emulating abilities of cognitive computing. Sounds scary? A bit, but it is also why it is equally exciting to see.
Gamification – Turning anything into a game? Yup, but more technically though, it’s the adding of game-like elements to services and activities to make them more engaging to do.
Gesture Tech – its definition is as it says. The term has gained a relatively wider popularity nowadays due to the concept of gesture-based access controls, introduced in specific mobile devices and machines as of late.
Lendership – instead of purchasing the service or software outright, why not pay for it in trickles while still getting full benefits? Greatly aids in new start-ups, and the investment cost can be paid off eventually in a short amount of time.
Personal Drones – no longer simple toys, and with various equipment add-ons mounted on them, drones can do just about anything that gets convenient with a little added aerial advantage.
POLED – Plastic Organic Light Emitting Diodes. By default OLED screens themselves are already flexible, but POLED screens allow the flexibility for this feature to be preserved even when integrated with other hardware (for phones and TVs for instance)
Quantum Dots – the “booster” to the still-standard-but-now-becoming-old LED screen technology. It allows an LED screen to provide more vibrant colors a la Plasma or OLED using Quantum dots as an additional backlight layer.
Self-driving Cars – old sci-fi concept? Maybe, until you realize that Google is already way too invested into the idea now, with its fleet of test autonomous cars recording millions of miles in mileage for the past few years.
Skylake – think Broadwell’s modern already? Then we introduce Skylake, the 6th generation line-up of Intel’s high performance and ultra energy efficient 14-nanometer processors.
USB Type-C – not new, but still makes the entry to this list due to the perceived time it will become the norm. For a recap, the USB Type-C is a new USB form factor that is significantly faster (at least 2x) and more powerful (can charge laptops) than USB 3.0.
VR – or Virtual Reality, is something we’re already familiar with since the 90’s. Today, it buzzes a completely different meaning in the 21st century. Oculus Rift is just the first step, with Sony, Samsung, and other tech companies eventually stepping in to make VR the “reality” that it should be.
Wearable Tech – smartwatches, smart eyewear, smart wristbands, you name it. Think of any wearable accessory, add the word “smart”, and voila! Wearable technology.
Youtube 360 – one of the several upcoming innovations inspired by current VR technology. Videos in this format can be viewed in full 360 degrees, providing complete immersion at a whole new level.