Printing 2014 is the year that will see an explosion of the3D printer, not only in regards to the use by organizations, but also being made available to the masses. It is said that D printing has been occurring for the last 25 years, but with the development of technology leading to a drop in cost, D printing is now more accessible and cost-effective than ever before (Sunday Times, 2014).
According to News’s (2014), A D printing trend playing out at the Consumer Electronics Show bodes a future in which shoes, eyeglass frames, toys and more are printed at home as easily as documents.
3D printing will change the way consumers shop, work and create, and it has the potential to be a very disruptive technological innovation as it will impact brands and manufacturers on a global scale (Scouts, 2014) Will. I. M, a member of the Black Eyed Peas and creative officer for D printing systems said that: In the next couple of years, D printing will be a norm in many homes which will lead to more products being made in the comfort of one’s own home instead of going out and physically purchasing products d printers were previously an overpriced product that would provide consumers with a cheap plastic sock-up, but now as technology has developed, D printers are becoming more refined and consumers can now prints in carbon fiber (Scouts, 2014).
The new generation of D printers can print in many different materials, such as fiberglass, nylon, and PLAN (the most commonly used plastic in D printers) D printers are beginning to hit the market and become more available to normal, everyday consumers, with some D printers going for as little as RI 000 (Jeffrey, 2014). Jeffrey (2014) stated that: Key patents that prevent competition in the market for the most advanced D printers will expire in 014, and mainstream companies like HP, Samsung and Microsoft might attempt to break into the D printing market in 2014.
When the patents run out, the flood gates will open and the world will see an insurgence of high quality, affordable D printers from giants such as Samsung, Hp etc. Although D printing has a bright future, there a still many major concerns surrounding the new innovation. For one, the worry of people printing their own guns and weapons is a big one. Jeffrey (2014) said that, As these machines become more accessible, many raise concerns over the use of D printers to print homemade firearms and other weapons.
Although there are some concerns surrounding D printing, the good outweighs the bad with D printed goods being cheaper and greener than purchasing them in store (Jeffrey, 2014) Trend: Quantified self at the office In the last couple of years we have seen the emergence of products and APS that allows users to track how long they sleep or how far they run (Rule, 2014). As technology is developing and more technologies and ways for tracking are becoming available, tacking how long you sleep and how far you run will not be the only quantified elements of your life.
Last year we saw the lease of the Nikkei fuel band and other dedicated devices and this trend is continuing to become more mainstream as smartness and other wearable devices are capable of tracking one’s location, motion, velocity and even who we are interacting with (Boyd, 2013). Rule (2014) noted that quantifying your time at work will soon be the norm. He continued to note that, how, when and where you spend your hours at work will be uploaded automatically and captured into timeshares, project management software, and analytics dashboards. This will allow organizations to track when and where their employees are the most productive.
Trend: Pet tech Pet technology’ has been around for a while with shock and ant-bark collars, but 2014 is expected to see much more technology being developed for our four legged friends. Animal technology was a big trend and the 2014 SEES, with a number of big brands developing and launching wearable gadgets who’s aim is to keep pets happy, healthy and well-trained (SEES, 2014) According to McCullough (2014), “Lately, there has been a surge of connected pet products that track your pets activity, their location, and even let you interact with them while you’re stuck at work.
GAPS collars are being developed that keep your test whereabouts known through email and text messages and enable the owner to set up a safe area for your pet such as your house, and you will be notified should your beloved pooch stray from this area, “keeping tabs on his location via a smartened app (McCullough, 2014) Another piece of pet technology is the “Pet Cube”, which is a cube that houses a camera, microphone, speakers and a laser and can be connected tryout Wife network which allows owners to play, talk to and interact with your pet via a website or app (McCullough, 2014).