Popular Technology 2016

I decided to focus on technology since it is a big part of our lives today, and because it will continue to shape our lives in the future. Technology is all around us. Learning how to use technology will become inevitable, and in some cases it already is. Most people rely on technology on a daily basis.

I am someone who has always been interested in learning about new technology because it is something that can really impact our lives. Even something small as a watch can make a huge difference in our world.

This year, there were many interesting tech trends such as drones and robots. The most interesting to me has been the drones. I’ve seen many amazing videos taken from drones. It helps you see the world from a different perspective.



Drones are unmanned aircrafts with a camera attached that can have different purposes. Some people use these for recording videos from above. The military also uses drones called the MQ -1B Predator and MQ-9 Reaper.

They can easily move through the sky and take stunning videos. A controller is used to navigate the drone.

Latest drones:

  • DJI Phantom 4 Pro: Multi-purpose drone - Aerial filming, photography, and photogrammetry
  • DJI Inspire 2: Multi-purpose drone - Aerial filming, photography, photogrammetry, multispectral and thermal imaging
  • Yuneec Typhoon H Pro: “Realsense” collision avoidance technology, professional aerial photography and filming
  • 3DR Solo – Multi-purpose drone- professional aerial photography, filming, photogrammetry and thermal imaging

Video taken from a Drone:

virtual reality

Virtual reality is three dimensional, computer generated environment. People can interact and explore this environment. There are many uses of virtual reality such as gaming, art, and it can even be used for education.


British classrooms have plans to allow Google to stock up some classrooms with virtual reality devices; However, not everyone agrees that this method of learning will be beneficial. Although Google argues that it will encourage and motivate children to learn, Chris McGovern from the Campaign for Real Education argues that this method of learning is more entertainment than genuine education. He believes that allowing virtual reality devices to teach children is ¨educational cocaine¨. Google believes otherwise - Virtual reality can be useful to teachers to help their students learn in different ways, and it also ¨brings the subject to life¨.


Virtual reality is changing the gaming world. Virtual reality provides an interesting way to interact more with a game or character. Gamers are satisfied with the visual and auditory aspect of virtual reality, but they hope for an increase in communication and interaction.

Google continues to take over virtual reality with Tilt Brush - a device used to create 3-D virtual sculptures. Tilt Brush can be used for many different fields such as design, art, fashion, and architecture. Tilt brush is a great tool to use to allow all artists to experiment art because it provides a large selection of materials, brushes, and colors.



A project led by Goal Robots in Italy hopes to create a robot that mimics the human learning experience. The robot will have no previous knowledge - like a human child - it will develop and learn. The purpose of this project is to create a robot that can learn independently, and to also experiment with different learning experiences. These scientists hope that these robots will be able to recognize something new and then learn from it.

a threat to jobs

With an increase in robots, there will be a decrease in the need for humans to do certain jobs. In the next twenty years, 47% of jobs are predicted to become automated. What does this mean for our future? It´s difficult to say exactly how this will impact our future, but robots will continue to be improved in order to take over some human jobs. Some argue that it will destroy the economy, but others see it as a push towards entrepreneurship. Robots may improve some aspects of our lives, and it is clear that they will greatly impact our future.




What´s The Difference?


IPhone 7

  • 12 megapixel (rear) camera with f/ 1.8 aperture
  • 7 megapixel (front) camera with f/2 aperture
  • Face detection
  • Autofocus
  • Optical image stabalization
  • Two toned quad-LED flash
  • Smile Detection
  • Geotagging
  • Shoots videos at 2160p and 720p


  • 12.3 megapixel (rear) camera with a f/2.0 aperture
  • 8 megapixel (front) camera with f/ 2.4 aperture
  • Phase detection
  • Laser autofocus
  • Electronic image stabilization
  • Two toned dual-LED flash
  • Geotagging
  • Face detection
  • Shoots videos at 2160p, 1080p, and 720p


IPhone 7

  • Fingerprint scanner on home button
  • Water and dust resistant to IP67
  • Headphone jack removed
  • Quad-core processor: Apple´s A10 Fusion Chip, M10 motion coprocessor, 3GB RAM support
  • Storage Available: 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB


  • Fingerprint sensor on rear
  • IP53 - not waterproof
  • Headphone jack on the top
  • No physical buttons on the front
  • Quad-core processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 and 4GB RAM support
  • Storage Available: 32GB and 128GB
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." – Arthur C. Clarke
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