2017 has been a good year when it comes to advancements in technologies, automation and connectivity. Here are 3 of the most prevalent trending technologies that have and are continuing to grow at an alarming rate.

1) Voice Technology

We have seen the huge rise in voice activated technology, so much so that there has almost been a general ‘acceptance’ in society that a device which listens to your every word can live alongside you in your day to day life and be trusted to help you out with a variety of tasks.

Devices such as Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home and Apple’s Homepod have led the way in the adoption of these voice activated technologies and have made huge inroads to our homes.

These devices have led to us being able to control a whole raft of different things without the need to do anything else other than just state a command.

Activities such as play music, shop, weather forecast, print, search the internet, turn lights on and off, sport results, stocks and shares, send a text message, make notes and bookings, control online diary and call someone are all possible with a simple voice command.

Keep an eye out for the continual creation, adoption and development of these technologies, they will be one to watch as we move into 2018.

2) BitCoins

BitCoin is a cryptocurrency and worldwide payment system which means it is a highly encrypted decentralised global digital currency.

The BitCoin is a virtual currency that was created in 2009 by an unknown computer whizz using the alias Satoshi Nakamoto. There are thought to be approximately £112billion worth of Bitcoins currently in existence today.

The BitCoin has seen a 55% increase in transaction volume in 2017 alone, along with 30,000 new wallets created daily. The price of 1 bitcoin has risen from £800 in January 2017 to over £12,000 in December 2017.

The BitCoin has generated so much interest, many mainstream companies have started accepting the currency simply fueling more momentum and adding more value. Also with rumors that Amazon are thinking about accepting it, BitCoin are looking to become unstoppable in 2018.

3) Internet of Things (IoT)

We have been in the midst of a revolution for some time, this revolution is the Internet of Things (IoT) which is a network of physical devices, technologies, software and objects that act in a smart way.

The beauty about the IoT is that all devices can talk to each other and make simple decisions based on data exchange without the need for human intervention.

Experts estimate that the IoT will consist of about 30 billion objects by 2020. It is also estimated that the global market value of IoT will reach $7.1 trillion by 2020.

The IoT concept has been around for many years but has only really taken off recently as it has made significant headway in many industries.

One area that has become particularly popular is the Smart Home. The use of technologies within the home allowing us to get on with our lives whilst the technologies take care of themselves.

The IoT is predicted to continue growing in 2018, so be prepared to be immersed in a continually growing trend of ‘Smart Devices’.