What's Trending? - 5 Key IT Trends of 2016

With IT Show 2016 rolling round the corner, you may be wondering about the tech and gadget trends of the year. 2016 looks like a year of reinvention rather than new innovations, with major tech companies adding features and improving on their existing line of products instead of introducing new technology.

1. Wearables

In 2015, we saw three major tech innovations take center stage – 3D printers, wearables and drones. The introduction of 3D printers took the consumer-tech industry by storm, with the appealing idea of manufacturing products from one's home by just downloading the blueprint off the net. In practice, though, it is still costly to manufacture, and production quality is often found wanting.

Wearables have also since fallen behind in priority and are often more of an afterthought, considering that many of those who are interested in owning one already do. However, if you are still looking around on the market for one, the Android-powered Moto 360 is a good bet. 

Want to look sleek in that next boardroom meeting? The Moto360 is the watch for you.

Want to look sleek in that next boardroom meeting? The Moto360 is the watch for you.

Unlike most other clunky and uninspired designs, this classy piece of engineering brings with it all the basics of what you would expect of a tech wearable, including a heart-rate tracker and intuitive voice commands to activate navigation, among other things. What really sets it apart is the uncanny similarity to a classic timepiece. The Moto 360's design screams premium – a circular display, polished metal casing, chamfered glass, and even down to its luxurious leather straps (or metal if you prefer).

2. Drones

Drones on the other hand, have only recently risen in popularity, as people are finding newer ways to employ and improve drone technology. Earlier this year, drone manufacturers around the world showcased their goods at CES 2016, with impressive innovations like the world’s first passenger drone by Ehang Incorporated. The electric-powered drone is capable of 23 minutes of flight while carrying a 100kg load.

The ultra-light Parrot Disco provides 45 minutes of flight.

The ultra-light Parrot Disco provides 45 minutes of flight.

Not to forget the average consumer, drone manufacturers Parrot announced the Parrot Disco – an ultralight drone capable of 45 minutes of flight. Comparatively, most other small drones are only capable of 5-10 minutes of flight, with larger models getting about 20-35 minutes.

3.Portable Computing Devices

The beast-like ASUS ROG GX700 promises performance equal to high-end gaming desktops.

The beast-like ASUS ROG GX700 promises performance equal to high-end gaming desktops.

As the demand for portable computing increases, laptops are increasingly displacing desktops as the main devices. Part of the reason is because laptops are now able to truly rival their desktop cousins in terms of power and performance.

The beast-like ASUS ROG GX700 is prime example of a laptop built to rival the performance of high-end gaming desktops. This monster was built with the 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-6820HK, one of the first mobile CPUs able to overclock, and contains 64GB of DDR4 memory.

What is really impressive, though, is the graphics. The ASUS ROG GX700 is running on Nvidia GeForce GTX 980. You read that right, it runs on a GTX 980, not a GTX 980M, which means that it is literally using one of the most powerful desktop graphics card, and not its mobile counterpart. To support this, the GX700 comes with its liquid cooling dock, and functions optimally like a high-end gaming desktop when docked.

Gorgeous in Gold: The ASUS Zenbook UX305 looks great and feels even better.

Gorgeous in Gold: The ASUS Zenbook UX305 looks great and feels even better.

If you are a general user looking for something less pricey and more portable, fret not. While the quality of graphics-intensive laptops are on the rise, manufacturers have not forgotten the mass consumer.

The ASUS Zenbook UX305 is a great example of this – combining utility, value, portability and gorgeous aesthetics. Slimmer than even the MacBook Air, it is ASUS’ slimmest laptop to date, but you shouldn’t let this 13-inch beauty fool you with its looks. It runs on Intel’s latest Skylake processors and has options for high-resolution 3200x1800 display at an affordable price.  

4. Tablet/Laptop Hybrids

The Galaxy TabPro S is Samsung's first flagship device to utilize Windows.

The Galaxy TabPro S is Samsung's first flagship device to utilize Windows.

Looking for something even smaller? Well, how about a tablet that also doubles up as a laptop? The Microsoft Surface Pro series revolutionized mobile computing, with the game-changing Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Apple followed suit, and the launch of the iPad Pro was every designer’s dream. Its touch surface was complemented by its super-intuitive stylus, the Pencil, and while less of a full laptop-replacement than its Microsoft counterpart, it was effectively a drawing tablet replacement.

Samsung has now jumped into the fray as well, with the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S. Lighter and thinner than both the iPad Pro and the Surface Pro 4, Galaxy TabPro S looks gorgeous with its AMOLED display. Additionally, the TabPro looks great with its keyboard casing, which snaps on so naturally that you'd forget it was an accessory. The best part? Unlike the iPad Pro and the Surface Pro series, the keyboard comes with the TabPro S and is not an optional accessory.

The Lenovo Tab 3 Pro is an amazing piece of innovation with a little something that makes it unique from its competitors.

The Lenovo Tab 3 Pro is an amazing piece of innovation with a little something that makes it unique from its competitors.

Looking for something a little more unique? How about Lenovo's YOGA Tab 3 Pro? This tiny device is jam-packed with innovations. Not only is it a tablet/laptop hybrid with great battery life and processing capabilities, it also comes built-in with a projector. Yup. A projector.

The YOGA Tab 3 Pro comes built in with a pico projector, making it the perfect companion for business presentations on-the-go, or for cuddling up to your partner for that little movie-date you have both been putting off.

5. Smart-home Automation

Smart-home devices: Bringing convenience to your life but do you have the technical know-how to turn your home into a smart-home?

Smart-home devices: Bringing convenience to your life but do you have the technical know-how to turn your home into a smart-home?

Smart-home automation has been making waves in Singapore recently, with more home owners deciding to digitise their homes. Of course, it does take some technical know-how to rig up your homes with gadgets.

Or does it?

Internet Service Provider, ViewQwest, often lauded for their innovation – are offering to make the process of turning your home into smart-home, a lot less painful. While it is known that their e-store offers smart-home devices not being shipped to Singapore by e-retailers, such as the Amazon Echo, the good people at ViewQwest are also offering to use their technical know-how to assist with the set-up of your smart-home devices when you sign up with their fiber broadband.

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