05 Jan Top Web Trends To Be Aware Of In 2017
We can all agree, the internet has become an ingrained part of our daily lives. Most of us use the internet throughout the day and depend on the internet to operate our businesses. This means the demand for web development is higher now than it has ever been.
Below are a few of trends we believe will be at the forefront of web development in the upcoming year.
1. AI (Artificial intelligence)
Artificial intelligence tends to make some people think of the horrors of Terminator or gives them the idea that a sentient being will rise up and take over mankind. Don’t worry, the Terminator won’t be showing up from the future anytime soon.
AI is actually great for business and doesn’t mean loss of jobs for our working class. If anything, AI will open the door for greater opportunities and will greatly improve the efficiency of our workforce.
You have probably heard on the news that huge tech companies such as, Facebook, Microsoft, and Google are making headway with their artificial intelligence technology. What you might not know is artificial intelligence is already being used by large applications or search engines, like Google, Wikipedia, and Facebook. AI just helps eliminate human error and enable us humans to focus on the big picture work.
More and more websites, apps, and online services will adopt the use of AI. The companies that are first to adopt will likely be the leaders in their market. AI is the future and won’t be going away anytime soon.
2. VR (Virtual reality)
If you haven’t already experienced VR, stop reading and go find someone you know that owns an Oculus Rift. You won’t be disappointed.
The world of gaming has been the first adopter of VR, but the possibilities don’t stop there. Just think of the possibilities. Do you want to know what it feels like to be inside a house you found online? VR would allow users to step inside a property without ever leaving the comfort of their home. Imagine websites that go beyond flat images and allow you to virtually walk through their facility and see firsthand how their business operates. The possibilities really are endless.
Tech companies such as Google and Mozilla have already started working on APIs to help VR technology merge with current web technologies. Start looking for more and more online businesses and services that utilize the amazing power of VR.
3. IoT (Internet of things)
Have you ever wished your refrigerator would tell you when food was expired and add that to your shopping list? Isn’t it terrible when you get to work and you forget if you locked the front door or not? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could check in a see if your dog was chewing your house to pieces? Well now you can.’
The internet of things is a movement where tech companies and typically non-internet connected items are connected to the internet allowing them to send and receive data. Currently, these items can rang from your microwave oven, home security system, and even the locks on your doors.
This ins’t exactly “web development” but don’t be surprised if it starts moving in that direction. Web developers are already building the applications that are used to communicate with new internet connected devices.