Year in Review: 5 Notable Technology Trends from 2017

2017 Review

The year 2017 saw a lot of exciting innovations when it comes to the consumer technology industry. Tesla released its Model 3—an electric car offering more than 200 miles of driving distance on a single charge. Molekule developed an air filter that destroys harmful pollutants, while eSight released glasses that can give sight to the blind.

While those examples are just a snippet of the revolutions for the technology industry, here’s a look at 5 notable consumer technology trends that helped shape 2017, and how they will venture into the year ahead.

Cloud Migration

With cybersecurity concerns being tested more than ever, Cloud migration is a vital tool that your customers need. To put it simply, according to Entrepreneur, “a cloud-based backup solution…provides the safety and security of information, data.” When your customers invest in products that allow them to store their content to the Cloud, it will greatly benefit their homes and businesses, including safeguarding their most precious information, photos, videos, and important data and documents to a safe and secure space that’s easily accessible to the person storing it.

The HDCast Pro from Optoma is a lightweight, portable HDMI Wi-Fi dongle that allows your customers to share content anywhere at any time—and it even easily accesses content from popular Cloud storage providers. HDCast Pro is capable of screen mirroring via Miracast and Airplay on iOS, Android, Mac OS X, and Windows devices, as well as sharing documents, music, pictures, videos, and more. This powerful and versatile 1080p HDMI MHL-enabled multimedia stick is ideal for business, education, and home use.

Smart Doorbells

Imagine watching TV and an unexpected visitor knocks on the door. Imagine the convenience of being able to see who it is by just looking at a smartphone or tablet.

Imagine no longer. The Uniden U-Bell Wireless Video Doorbell provides an additional layer of security to any home. With 1080p HD clarity and 2-way communication, your customers can see and talk to anyone at their door, any time. They can even receive notifications on their smartphone or tablet when someone rings the bell and virtually answer it if they aren’t home or don’t want to open the door for strangers.

AI

Artificial intelligence always seems like something straight out of the movies. However, in 2017, some sort of AI—mostly by means of voice-activated virtual-assistant speakers—are now a staple in most homes, and are one of the hottest devices in the world. According to NPR, there are already 20 million virtual-assistant devices in US households, with 42% of Americans calling them “essential.”

The Naxa Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Multi-Room Speaker with Amazon Alexa Voice Control allows your customers to bring the gift of AI into their everyday lives. Users of this speaker can ask Alexa to play music, hear the news, check the weather, control their smart home—including lighting and temperature control—and so much more, all from a simple voice command.

Apple Innovations

For the first time, Apple has not just two sizes of its newest iPhone, but two distinctly different iPhones: the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus, as well as the all-screen iPhone X.

Petra has the hottest accessories for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X that your customers need. The Atomic Slim Case for iPhone 8 from Ghostek not only offers a drop-tested design that meets a 2x military drop-test standard, but it also features a strong aluminum alloy bumper and clear polycarbonate back—all in a slim, stylish design. This case also comes in an iPhone 8 Plus version.

The Prizm Impact Case for iPhone X from Body Glove features a durable IntelliShock Gel perimeter for superior impact protection against bumps and drops. The scratch-resistant finish and raised front bezel makes sure the full, beautiful screen of the iPhone X remains protected—all without the bulk.

3D Printing

Consumer-grade 3D printers have been around for close to a half decade, but they are finally gaining steam—and changing the game. Who needs to buy things anymore when you can literally just print them?

The Dremel 3D40 Idea Builder Printer is easy-to-use and features built-in printable files so your customers can start building immediately—even without the need of a computer. Build bigger projects inside the fully enclosed, illuminated workspace with a cooling system that prevents object warping and keeps builds precise. Design and edit models with the included Print Studio software by AutoDesk, and control the building process using a full-color touchscreen. A large, clear, hinged door and lid permit unobstructed viewing of the build operation so you can always see inside without compromising the build environment. The Dremel 3D40 Idea Builder Printer is packed with features for your customers to get started in the world of 3D building!

Technology Is Immeasurable—and Ever-Evolving.

These are just the highlights of the products that shaped 2017, and the year 2018 promises more of the same in the robust consumer electronics industry. For more information about these products and others, please visit our website at petra.com or contact your sales representative.

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