What an extremely explosively creative year 2014 was for innovations in the tech world. Those intrepid teams of Hipsters, Hackers and Hustlers everywhere sure were hustling!
We saw more new products bloom into the marketplace than ever before. In the app world there were more new gems than I could possibly begin to list, but a few of our favourites were Overcast, WeTransfer, Workflow, Snowball and Instagram’s Hyperlapse. Plenty more established tech companies extended more awesome ventures into the app world too, like Microsoft’s Office Lens, JibJab Messages, and Google’s Inbox to name a teenie tiny few.
What were your faves from 2014?
At the same time non-app technologies appeared that surely will and are completely changing the world as we know it. Like Oculus Rift, Microscale 3D Printing, Agricultural Drones and Agile Robots. Let’s not even mention the big stuff like Brain Mapping, Genome Editing and Smart Solar Power. Wow, what a year.
Moore’s Law is Clearly Real – So How Different Will the Tech World Look by January 2016?
When we look at last year, we can easily believe in Moore’s Law when it comes to technology – that progress and innovation tends to increase at an ever-increasing exponential rate. And that makes me wonder, how amazing is this next year going to be?!
Well, there’s no way to predict what’s going to happen even 6 months from now, but we can perhaps make a close to accurate prediction by looking at ideas already picking up huge pace as we move into the new year. So for fun let’s take a look at six tech startups which might well shake the world up in 2015.
As a tech-building dynamo yourself, you must have heard of this new tool. If not, listen up. Docker is an open-source platform for building apps that are container-based. Docker’s popularity has been exploding since late 2014, and a recent cash injection of $40 million sure is going to help it continue in 2015!
This one is sexy AND a little scary. Making components of Artificial Intelligence easily accessible to everyone, MetaMind offers image predicting, natural language processing and other AI features to the layman. It just launched last month with hefty financial backing.
My only questions is, what do you think we’ll experience first – The Matrix or Terminator?
Fed up with using all sorts of emails, chat tools and file sharing like Dropbox to communicate with your team? Slack is a solution to all that picked up serious momentum at the end of last year, also picking up $120 million in investment and a valuation of over $1 billion.
This tool might literally change the way we do email – watch this space!
Here’s another one for the developers among you. This $1.5 million seeded startup offers you the ability to set up a development environment in 30 seconds using the cloud, with plenty of other configuration and sharing options. Sounds too good to be true? Try it out and let us know what you think: Bowery
Lyft is lifting off, riding on the back of app-based taxi services that have permanently changed the way we get around town. This particular app is making that service cheaper, with a system where cabbies offer their services online for tips – and it somehow seems to be working!
With new technologies popping up left, right and centre and being used increasingly by companies and their employees for communication, naturally (and unfortunately) cybercrime is on the up too.
So what services and products do you think these concerned companies are turning to? You got it – cyber security. And Bluebox is a fast-rising leader, securing mobile data for employees the world over.
There you have it: six hot potentials set to change the tech world this year.
What are your predictions? What do you think we should add to this list?