What will be the biggest tech trends in 2016?

As we continue to hurtle towards the end of the year, what tech is set to be big in 2016?

Juniper Research has drawn up a list of predictions for the coming year, identifying that 2016 will be the watershed year for VR headsets, both in terms of product launches and consumer rollouts.

“Oculus, Sony, and HTC are amongst the leading players expected to launch key VR products over the next 12 months. The recent attention to and investment into virtual reality is helping to revitalise the industry and with major brand commercial launches imminent, there is huge potential for rapid market expansion,” said the firm.

As a result, Juniper expects significant VR uptake over the next five years as consumers benefit from a combination of improved VR technology allied to immersive applications, as well as reduced prices.

“The technology is now poised to transform the entertainment industry, including gaming and video, over coming years, whilst offering the potential to quickly expand into other markets such as industrial and healthcare,” added Juniper Research.

Virtual reality has been a huge topic in the industry over the past year. Over the past 12 months on PCR we’ve delved into how VR can change the gaming market, reported on why Andy Murray thinks your business should have a 3D VR shop, why Dixons is ready to embrace the tech, and how sales are set to rise to 14 million next year.

Here are Juniper’s full top 10 tech predictions for 2016:

1. Virtual Reality – a watershed year
2. Consumer robotics becomes a reality
3. Wearables go to work
4. The race for 5G begins
5. Many devices, one platform
6. Blockchain technology embraced by financial institutions
7. Hybrid console and cloud gaming gathers pace
8. eSports delivers significant new revenues for the games market
9. New security models emerge
10. Crowdfunding Fires StartUp Growth

Read about everything tech dealers need to know about virtual reality here

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