TECHnically Trendy

by Francesca Acton

Picture3Technology. Who doesn’t love it? Ok, so maybe some of our grandparents or theoccasional hipster who’s too cool for smartphones. But, in general, it makes life so much easier.And now that it’s 2016, technology just keeps progressing. As a part of the Zeitgeist, or the spirit of the times, it has a huge influence on every aspect of our lives.

Picture1Fashion, to start off with, has made so many amazing advances because of technology.This year alone apps like Machine Vision and Craves are trending. The first tracks developingtrends, while the latter helps you find the clothes you want to buy or similar styles by uploadinga picture of them. Lady Gaga’s David Bowie tribute at the Grammy’s used Intel technology to make herself a living canvas. If we’re already at robotic arms and digital skin, I can’t wait to seewhere we’ll be in a few years. And as far as inspiration, Snapchat’s live stories are an incredible way to see what’s going on around the world. 
Picture2We couldn’t talk about technology without mentioning the internet. Google Fiber is aninternet service that is 20 times faster than our current “high speed” internet. It is only availablein a few cities, but will definitely gain popularity in the future. Another amazing innovation isthe Internet of Things, which connects any device to the internet. Imagine a fridge that can notifyyou when it is low on milk and juice. And as far as smart houses go, the Amazon Echo and Foxneed to be mentioned as well. These voice-activated speakers can answer questions, create shopping lists, play music, open the garage, and so much more. 
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Picture this. You just ordered the perfect dress online, you sit back and wait for 3 days toget it (even though they clearly say it might take up to 14 days, but who actually expects it totake that long?) and suddenly a drone lands on your doorstep and drops off your package. Crazy, right? Well, not anymore. Amazon and several other luxury fashion brands have already started using drones for deliveries around the country. Just imagine how much faster we’ll get our orders once they start using them everywhere. As our world dives deeper in the technology age, it can be hard to keep up with what’current and trendy. That’s what we’re here for. Look out for an increase in online retailing andsmart technologies. Our clothes can keep track of our health, while our homes are programmed to make life easier as well. Television and award shows will continue to use advancedtechnology to bring a larger-than-life entertainment experience. And drones will reduce the riskof online shopping by getting our orders to our doorstep faster than ever. Though we may not have the flying cars that Marty McFly predicted in Back to the FutureI’d say we’re definitely not far off.
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