The largest tech trade show is about to start; so if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the number of products presented this year at CES, then we recommend you to read this quick guide on the hottest trends to watch at CES 2016.
MYLE will be one of the exhibitors along with another 3,600 companies presenting its products.
Driverless Cars (DC) and Electric Vehicles (EV).
One of the most anticipated trends at CES 2016 will be the DC and EV.
Last year has shown us just how close this dream (driverless cars) became. Tesla’s autopilot feature with many other breakthroughs in this field with no doubt has been improved since last year. Thus, we’re all should be excited about the upcoming presentations from the top companies.
EV alongside with the driverless cars are expected to make some noise too.
The biggest challenges for the EV are the components using in batteries production, time required to recharge EV, and distance which a car can cover on a single charge.
All these factors are essential contributors to global warming, thus, the majority of companies should present interesting solutions on how to solve these issues. Watch for Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Hyundai, Mercedes and Toyota.
Also, don’t’ forget to check Ford, as they might be ready to unveil its Google-powered self-driving car.
Certainly everyone is familiar with drones and their purpose today. Whether it’s consumer, commercial or military use, the drones became part of our society.
We’re pretty sure that military drones will not be presented at CES 2016. However, there will be around 27 different drone exhibitors.
The biggest problem for the ‘15 generation of drones was their poor flying time.
Their cameras were powered with the 4K cameras, however, it wasn’t enough to attract more buyers as the top drones could only fly for 15 minutes, when the rest of them stayed in the air for less than 10 minutes.
Moreover, last year we’ve seen drones with advanced sensors for tracking users’ motions. And CES 2016 will bring some exciting features for better motion tracking as well as enhanced flying controllers based on the improved computing and AI.
Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR).
Many of the tech experts call 2016 as “The Year of VR.” We do not dispute this statement this statement, because according to recent research, the sales of VR headsets will reach 14 million units in 2016 with most used for gaming.
However, CES 2016 will be a good place to see how AR has advanced since the unveiling of Google Glass, Microsoft Hololens, Qualcomm, Sony or Infinity AR.
To be more precise: clarity of display graphics, latency when moving, 3D mapping technology, processors and their power.
Also, we may see the solutions on how to display information on translucent glass, so that the user can see digital imaging in addition to seeing the surrounding environment.
If you can’t distinguish AR and VR, then usually AR refers to a technology that’s making it possible to interact with virtual contents in the real world, and being able to distinguish between the two.
When VR is all about the creation of a virtual world. The users interact with the world that was specifically designed for a game or a movie. Usually, users have to wear the VR headsets and other motion sensors to interact with the virtual world
Wearable Assistive Technologies
Wearable technologies were the hottest tech trend in 2015.
We’ve seen the release of the Apple Watch and Pebble, updated Android Wear OS, dozens of unique fitness trackers and interesting healthcare products.
MYLE is a personal assistant, which release is scheduled for 2016, will be one of those tech devices that are designed to increase overall work productivity, save time, make working more efficient by saving company’s labour recourses required to perform certain tasks.
MYLE Electronics Corp. will be at booth #80423 at Eureka Park, Wearables.
Don’t forget to come over and check the world’s most reliable personal assistant.
So CES 2016 is going to bring us many new startups with unique products for fitness, health, personal lives, work and music.
Wearable tech that’s presented at CES, usually become the trend for the rest of the year.
Smart home technologies are what you have to see at CES 2016, because everyone has a dream of living in the house powered by the artificial intelligence.
The house that automatically tunes to your preferences knowing when you want the light bulbs to turn on, your preferred room temperature or even your favourite time to drink coffee so it automatically makes coffee for you.
However, last year wasn’t great for the smart home devices, as most of them came with their own apps and required the other smart home products using weird APIs or IFTTT recipes.
Also, for most smart home platforms, such as Google’s Nest Learning Thermostat, Apple HomeKit, Wink and others, it’s still hard to find products that would work together.
However, the major home appliances makers like LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and even the glass manufacturer Corning are all going to showcase their products for smart homes.
We just have to wait a couple of days from today to hear more updates.
Internet of Things (IoT).
While we see that all tech companies aim to create and develop devices that would communicate with each other on the Internet; it’s still unclear what these companies are doing to patch a security hole in the system.
IoT at CES 2016 will be mostly about its vulnerability to malicious attacks.
Throughout 2015, we’ve seen a lot of stories that clearly showed us how everything from cars to baby monitors and drones could be hacked – in many cases remotely.
These important issues will be discussed this year at CES, and we should only wait for major updates.
We’ve seen many innovations in 2015, but wait for 2016 as it’s going to bring us more superior technologies.
MYLE did some research and prepared a list of five technologies that would dominate tech industry in 2016.
1, Smart Clothing.
The hottest trend will be smart clothing, a technology that’s being under development for nearly a decade, but not hyped as VR headsets or fitness trackers.
However, namely this tech will catch the most eyes in 2016.
Imagine a t-shirt that functions as your personal body computer. It collects accurate information as you walk, sleep, work or train. Smart clothing may even see your body position and which muscles you currently use during that specific physical activity.
The smart clothing is developed of intelligent textile technology, which is made of flexible sensors. So those sensors are conductive materials made of carbon. These materials use elastic deformation to generate an electrical signal. In turn, the special computing and analytical software will calculate, predict, analyze and even find a way to stabilize person’s health issues if there are any.
Whom to follow: Sensoria Socks, Cityzen Sciences, OMsignal.
2. Wearable Devices in the Office.
In 2015, companies began implementing wearable devices into the workplace to increase productivity. Wearable technologies are designed to ease the work by making it more efficient and productive.
For instance, DHL was one of the first companies in 2015, that’s tried to implement wearable tech in their U.S. warehouses. DHL aimed to help their workers determine the fastest route to finding products by replacing handheld scanners and paper job orders using Google Glass; thus, they reduced the time needed to pick out an item and pack it for shipping by 25 per cent.
However, it seems that majority of companies will continue implementing such technologies for workers who are usually on-the-go.
MYLE, which release is scheduled for 2016, will be one of those tech devices that are designed to increase overall work productivity, save time, make working more efficient by saving company’s labour recourses required to perform certain tasks.
Whom to follow in 2016: MYLE, Office Apps for SmartWatches, Wearable Smart Glasses.
3. Virtual Reality (VR)
VR has been in development for such a long period and finally it’s going to arrive on the shelves in 2016. Undoubtedly, 2016 will be the big year for VR.
According to recent research, the sales of VR headsets will reach 14 million units in 2016 with most used for gaming.
The reason people will mostly use them for gaming is the relatively lower cost to create the games when the movies require more resources to film in VR.
Noteworthy that this market is crucial for Facebook-owned Oculus, HTC in cooperation with another gaming giant Valve and Sony as they will be the main competitors.
Certainly VR is going to change the way we look at the entertainment industry as it offers the unique experience of being part of your favourite game or movie.
Who to follow: Samsung, Oculus, HTC, Sony.
4. Healthcare wearables
In 2016, we’re going to see the new healthcare devices with startup companies , as well as a few big acquisitions.
Healthcare wearables will be equipped with better hardware parts to speed up computing and analytics, enhanced body sensors for data collection, as well as simplification of the communication between a doctor and a patient.
According to Frost & Sullivan’s recent research on consumer behaviour to health tech, revealed 24% of consumers currently use mobile apps to track their health, when 16% use wearable sensors and 29% use electronic personal health records.
Approximately 47 per cent of consumers consider using wearables in near future.
Whom to follow: sleep apps and wearables, pain relief technologies, Google.
5. Fitness Trackers
Fitness trackers are designed not exactly for health monitoring purposes but more for counting your daily activities.
According to recent research, fitness trackers will be the hottest trend in 2016, but MYLE does not agree with that statement.
However, the new generation of fitness trackers will be much smarter, personalized and include more features and apps than the old generation.
Whom to follow: FitBit, Jawbone, Garmin, Moov, Microsoft Band.
Watch the bonus video about tech predictions for 2016 from Bloomberg.
Hello everyone and welcome back to the second part of the “Top 10 Tech Innovations of 2015.”
Today we’ll continue talking about the best technological innovations of 2015.
Best Virtual Reality (VR) Headset – HTC Vive
Despite the high price tag compared to the other VR headsets, HTC is winning because of its better picture quality.
HTC Vive is the product in partnership with Valve, one of the biggest names in the gaming industry. Valve is known for such products as Half-Life, Portal, WOW, DOTA and operates Steam, the largest online store for PC games.
HTC Vive offers the best picture quality. It has two screens with a resolution of 1080 x 1200 and two sensors to track movement, which hang on your wall.
Best Tablet – Apple Ipad Air 2
Apple sold 10.9 million iPad units in the second quarter of 2015, yet, it wasn’t enough to close this year with a positive growth. Apple’s decline was -17.9 per cent, whilst LG Electronics showed a tremendous growth of 246.4 per cent.
Perhaps we’ll see a different winner next year, but iPad is the best tablet currently available on the market.
iPad Air 2 offers you the high-quality display, Touch ID fingerprint feature, a better camera, great manufacturing and materials quality. Also, it’s the most stable tablet regarding functionality with a few glitches, whilst, for instance, the biggest disadvantage of LG is the poor working stability
Best Technological Innovation – Internet of DNA.
Internet of DNA is a global network of millions of genomes. The principle of operation is in its developed application program interfaces, or APIs, that let different gene databases communicate.
In other words, storing the genome information in the global database will help help doctors diagnose rare birth defects by matching children with suspected gene mutations to others who are known to have them.
Best Tech Car – Tesla Model S
The best tech car is Tesla Model S, which is also called “The Gadget Car.” It’s the best car in terms of using the eco-friendly materials – Tesla is built from 100% recyclable materials. This car has the longest battery life among all modern electro cars. Also, it’s amazingly fast that it can reach 100km/h in less than 4.5 sec.
Recently Tesla released its latest software update, which brought the “autopilot” feature to all models.
Best 3D Printer – Cube Pro Trio
The CubePro is currently the best 3D printer for consumer market because it offers a variety of features, which are simply not available on the rival 3D printers.
For instance, CubePro features the largest-in-class printing platform. It means that it has the bigger printing area plus ultra high-resolution settings of 70-micron allow you to produce a professional quality work.
Another notable feature of this printer is its “triple colour + three materials.” Basically, you can print any model using three different materials, as well as variety of colours at the same time, what’s bringing you the whole creativity spectrum.
The only negative side of this printer is the overpriced material cartridges, but this is due to the low price of this printer.
Are you agree with this list? If not, then which technologies would you place on the first place?
Every year in December, we see dozens of ratings on the most memorable technological innovations of the past year. This year we’ve become witnesses of the massive amount of technologies that we became in love with or began to dislike, or simply missed because of their valueless.
Team MYLE wasn’t an exception and made ten categories of the best technological innovations of 2015. We’ll write about the first five in this part and cover the rest of them in tomorrow’s post.
Smart Watch – Pebble
Smartwatches became one of the top trends in 2015 with 24 million sold units worldwide. Perhaps, you’re going to say that Apple Watch is currently the best product on the market because two of every three smart wearables were – Apple Watches.
However, the sales could be high due to brand name, and no matter what you sell under Apple’s brand it will be popular and accepted by everyone. However, we’re rating useful smartwatches that you can use every day with any software and be sure that it will last at least five days.
Pebble is the best in 2015 because it has remarkable 7-day battery life, affordable price, compatibility with both iPhone and Android and thousands of apps due to an open platform for the third party developers. Pebble has everything you need to be called – the best smartwatch of 2015.
Best Wearable Healthtech – Quell
Quell, according to developers – 100% drug-free solution – for people who experience pain. Their OptiTherapyTM technology automatically adjusts stimulation intensity to ensure a user receives optimal pain relief.
Quell sends small electrical impulses to your lower brain by stimulating your nerves and blocking pain signals to your brain. It works up to seven days on a single charge.
Best Video Flying Drone – DJI Phantom 3
Phantom is the most popular and selling video flying drone. This video flying drone is the best in 2015 because it has the in-built camera that films a video in 4K and takes photos with 12 megapixels camera.
It also features powerful mobile app and gives you around 20 minutes of flying, whilst most of the current drones can fly no more than 15 minutes and cost more than DJI Phantom 3.
Best Cloud Service – Google Drive
It was easy to find a winner in this category. Google Drive was the best cloud service last year, is the best this year and perhaps will be the best next year too.
Many of you will not agree on this decision by saying, for instance, “DropBox is much better because it’s simple to use and offering better syncing and sharing solutions than Google Drive.”
However, Google Drive is offering a better solution for collaborative office suites. You can access your files in the offline mode; attractive design and easy navigation plus 15GB of free storage make this platform the greatest in its class.
Isn’t it great? If you’d like to get additional storage space, you only pay $1.99 for 100GB and $9.99 for 1TB. That’s why Google Drive is the best cloud service you could access in 2015.
Best Smartphone – iPhone 6S
You may say the iPhone wasn’t the best choice for those who wanted to update their smartphones, but the truth that it was. Unlike Apple Watch, the developers did much better job.
iPhone combines a sleek design, where every detail is perfect, the excellent high-resolution camera that can take superb images and film in 4K, 3D touch pressure sensitivity technology, life image feature, as well as the most powerful hardware among all current superphones. iOS haters may not agree with this result, but who knows, perhaps Nexus or Samsung will get the first place next year. Unless Apple is not going to revolutionize its iPhone again.
What are your thoughts about this list? Which technologies would you replace?
Good day everyone and welcome back to final part of a series of articles dedicated to #HourOfCode. We’ve started analyzing the issues related to women’s image in IT industry in our previous blog post. We’ve found out that women played a significant role in development of programming.
However, as programming began to be a more complex task, most of the companies started to hire and train men as computer programmers. Further, the male began to create professional associations, where they highly discouraged women to enter this field.
Discrimination, sexism and stereotypes had been emerging so fast that soon most of the employers began to conduct certain tests during job interviews. They consisted of two parts and were supposed to highlight applicants’ knowledge of programming. Those tests were objective and almost closed a door for any woman to enter the programming industry.
For instance, a test consisted of two parts – mathematical puzzle-solving and “personality” profile. Important to mention, that most of the mathematical problems were freely distributed within male professional associations, when most of the women merely didn’t have access to those resources.
The “personality profile” test was even more directed towards male applicants. This test intended to identify a “perfect” programmer. According to Brenda Frink, a social and cultural historian, she explains this fact as:
According to test developers, successful programmers had most of the same personality traits as other white-collar professionals. The important distinction, however, was that programmers displayed “disinterest in people” and that they disliked “activities involving close personal interaction.” It is these personality profiles that originated our modern stereotype of the anti-social computer geek.
If you look at the chart below then you’ll see a dramatic decrease of women being in the computer science. It started around 1983 at the time when personal desktop computers became available to anyone.
Research conducted by Jane Margolis back in the 1990s revealed that:
families were much more likely to buy computers for boys than for girls – even when the girls were really interested in computers.
It was due to the fact that most of the companies hyped computers as – toys only for boys to play games on – which was a trigger to create a techie culture of “the computer boys.” Even still today it’s rare to see girls playing games as much as boys do.
Is There a Future for Women in Programming?
Today’s demand for computer science engineers is so high that many new startups and large companies experience a shortage of workforce.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, IT jobs will grow by 22 per cent through 2020. This statistics is presenting a good point of such a significant increase in IT jobs; such growth will create more opportunities for women to enter the IT industry. It is mainly due to shortage of workforce, as well as a pursuit of many global organizations to promote programming among youth and adult women.
For instance, Google is offering free coding lessons to women interested working in IT. Another big organization, Ada Developers Academy, provides women interested in programming with free classes and workshops. Girls Who Code, is another not to profit organization that aims to inspire, educate and equip girls with the computing skills to close the gender gap in the computer science field.
According to Girls Who Code, in 1984, 37 per cent of all computer science graduates were women. However, today this number dropped to 18 per cent with an average of 0.4 per cent of high school girls expressed interest in majoring in Computer Science.
Despite tremendous efforts of the global organizations to promote programming among women of all ages, there is still a high proportion of sexism and stereotyping to women by employers during the hiring process or at the workplace.
Jennifer Hunt in her research, states that engineering and science related occupations have the highest exit rate for women:
mostly women dissatisfied with pay and promotion opportunities. Contrary to the existing literature, I find that family–related constraints and dissatisfaction with working conditions are only secondary factors.
Taking this research into consideration bringing us to the point – that existing prejudices are clearly interfering popularization of programming among women.
Formed prejudices over the past 20-30 years have created a masculine-IT-type industry, where women are not considered as valuable team members. It seems that most organizations, which are focused on “programming” awareness among women, should push harder on implementing the idea of “The Code Girls,” which was highly promoted by Cosmopolitan in the ’60s.
Founder of DigitalWoman.com and CTO of Webgirls International, Nelly Yusupova, claims that a negative pop culture imagery and poor or no access to mentors are the key factors of why women are not attracted to programming.
Yusupova says that contemporary mass media, such as popular TV shows, social media or celebrities, portray an image of the “cool” girl that it is in no way associated with computers, programming or IT industry at all. Thus, being highly affected by mass media young women considering IT sector as only for male “computer geeks.”
We’ll open a discussion to everyone. Will we ever change the attitude towards women in programming?