Move over iOT (Internet of Things), AuT (Autonomous Things) is all but here. This next wave powered by AI (Artificial Intelligence) will see computers come into the physical environment as autonomous entities without human direction, freely moving and interacting with humans and other devices. Self-navigating drones are the first evidence of AuT, home robotics (that can provide care to the elderly) and military robots might be next.
More screen, less bezels:
If the Notch was the big smartphone design trend for 2018, the Punch hole display might be the defining trend for 2019. The thin strip on the top of the display will soon make way for a small cut-out — just enough for a front cam. Huawei has already teased it’s all screen Nova 4 and Samsung has also revealed glimpses of its upcoming Samsung A8 (2019).
A speaker around your neck:
Bose recently unveiled its SoundWear Companion speaker that will arrive in Indian stores in 2019. This is the next step in portable sound that doesn’t require you to shut yourself out completely. Even as you tune in this speaker minimises sound for those around you. Expect a slew of wearable speakers in 2019 that might offer the perfect compromise between a speaker and a pair of headphones.
Oculus’ upcoming Quest VR headset (with a display resolution of 1600 x 1440 pixels per eye) that arrives first in the US in H1 2019 might well be the ‘hero device’ that VR gaming needs. Oculus Quest will offer motion-controlled gaming in a standalone device with six degrees of freedom minus wires and sensors.
The 5G superhighway:
India may not switch to 5G before 2020 but we’re soon going to see networks around the world begin the shift in 2019. You might actually be able to hook up on a 5G network (with speeds 100 times as fast as 4G) when you travel abroad as long as you upgrade to one of the many 5G smartphones that will debut in 2019 including the next OnePlus flagship with a cutting edge Qualcomm 855 chip.
Smartphone cams with multiple lenses:
In the first half of 2018, Huawei P20 Pro debuted with a triple lens cam. Soon after Samsung unveiled the Galaxy A9, the first smartphone with a quad rear cam. We’ve already spotted images of Nokia’s upcoming penta-cam (with five lenses) that’s launching soon. Dual rear cams might soon become passé in 2019, as smartphone cams get sharper.