Most wanted B2C tech in 2018

Here's the list of tech that the world won't want to be without next year.

AR & VR to the masses (once more)

Every year AR & VR become a little more commonplace. The cheap cardboard visors are everywhere, the likes of the Rift and the Vive are getting better, while Microsoft and Google’s Daydream are looking to make the point of entry for premium experiences lower. As well as new experiences from Facebook and Snapchat, the introduction of Google ARcore and Apple ARkit will see even more augmented experiences brought to the public.

AI all over the home

The virtual/digital assistant invasion is upon us. With the exception of offerings from Apple, however, smart speakers are old hat. It’ll all about shoving the likes of Alexa into every toothbrush, toilet, bucket, and any other item or appliance in the house. Just remember which device is tied to which assistant; they’re still not very good at interoperability.

Driverless car tests

A driverless shuttle hit the roads in Las Vegas and was promptly reversed into by a truck. Somehow there’s no footage of the event. As driverless car & bus trials become more commonplace more and more people are going to want to see what the fuss is about and wish they can see it go wrong. Expect every little incident to be recorded and sent around the internet.

Online education

It’s only a matter of time before all these headlines about robots and AI stealing everyone’s jobs hits home. Once the panic sets in, the masses will start rushing to re-educate themselves and stay ahead of the great robot-induced retirement. Aside from becoming a creator, coder, or maintainer of your robo-replacements, might I suggest something artisan, where everything is handmade, laborious, and expensive?

Automated commerce

Whether its drones from the likes of Amazon or the local postal service, or some cute little four-wheeled robots, I want my packages delivered 21st-century style. Some companies are working on automated shops that come to you. And if Amazon is anything to by, actually queuing to pay for items will seem quaint by 2019.


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Dan Swinhoe

Dan is a journalist at CSO Online. Previously he was Senior Staff Writer at IDG Connect.

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