2017 has come and gone, and we are now at the beginning of a new year. One of the questions that everyone asks me is, “What’s next?” or “What is going to be hot this year?” in technology. I’m going to share a few trends that I know are going to be HOT in 2018.

The Year of “On-Demand”

Everything is on demand now. You want to watch your favorite movie? You click a button on your phone, your tablet or your “SmartTV.” Need a ride? There is Uber or Lyft for that. Need some food? Try GrubHub. This year, you will see more and more services using apps to deliver what you need. There is even an app out there now that will find rebates and coupon codes online and input them for you when you check out from an online shopping experience.

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality is basically using a device (such as your phone) to view the “real world” but have some computer interaction augment or supplement the experience. Microsoft Windows is supporting augmented realty headsets in their latest release and Apple’s new series of phones will be utilizing this technology.  And since it is a phone it will become part of our daily lives.

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency will continue to grow in value

I am embarrassed to say I missed the boat. I should have invested more in cryptocurrency. Maybe though, the boat did not leave the dock yet. Based on some reports that I have seen, some analysists predict that a Bitcoin will sell for $32,000 by the end of 2018. Other forms of cryptocurrency are always showing a big rate of return. Do your research and judge for yourself. As for me, I am buying in!

Smart Watches – Even Smarter

Smart watches have been cool and trendy but not groundbreaking. Many folks who wear the Apple watch (like myself) have one because we love tech. It is semi-useful, but not great. New smart watches are coming out such as the HELO, which has all of the regular functions, but can test for blood pressure and blood alcohol content and even help keep away mosquitoes. This year, expect some continued big breakthroughs in the smart watch world.

Like my predictions? Have any of your own? Reach out to me on Twitter @PCS_AnthonyM or via email Anthony@helpmepcs.com.