Top 6 UK Tech Trends of 2015

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As technology continues to pervade our everyday lives, let’s take a look at six different ways technology is expected to grow in our society this year.

  1. Bluetooth Low Energy Technology1
    Expect 2015 to see retail-tracking technology get much smarter as Apple advances its iBeacon hardware. A device that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)-powered 4.0 technology, the iBeacon is a transmitter that enables a mobile device to perform actions when in close proximity, opening up a plethora of opportunities for retailers and advertisers.
  2. Click and Collect
    Click and collect is where you buy something online, then go to the shop and pick it up yourself. Over half a million sites across Europe are expected to offer click and collect service this year.2 That’s a 20% increase from last year. The popularity of e-commerce is still increasing across Europe, with customers wanting easy access to their goods without having to wait for delivery.
  3. Drones
    In 2015, expect to see a steady increase in the popularity of commercial drones in use globally, reaching the one million mark for the first time. 700,000 are already in use, and over 300,000 units are expected to be sold in 2015, collectively worth between £125m – £250m. 2 In the UK, the majority of applications to the CAA for permission to fly these small drones have so far been to provide video for news companies, emergency services and power companies.3
  4. The Internet of Things
    The Internet of Things — collectively, physical objects or “things” embedded with electronics, software, sensors and connectivity — will become increasingly prevalent. IoT hardware will be worth £6.6 billion, as consumer appetite for controlling their heating, lighting and appliances continues to grow.2 The big story will be the business services enabled by the devices, worth £46 billion. 2 Examples could include insurance discounts for a telematics device in a car, or wearable devices for people that would aid health companies.
  5. 3D Printing
    2015 will see nearly 220,000 3D printers sold worldwide, with a value of over £1 billion. 2 The expansion will be biggest in industrial, biomedical, and consumer applications to help companies reduce costs. 4
  6. Nanosatellites
    Nanosats are attractive for many different reasons, including being cheaper than conventional satellites; as well as lighter, easier to build and test, and easier to launch. By the end of 2015, more than 500 nanosatellites (tiny satellites under 10kg in mass) will be in orbit.2 Although they are increasingly capable of more complex tasks, they are likely to be an addition to the existing large satellite market, rather than a replacement for it.

How has technology become more ingrained in your lifestyle? Have you seen or experienced the growth of any of these technologies in your own life? Leave your reply in the comments section!

References
1 Dunsby, M. (11 December 2014). Technology trends for 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2015 from http://bit.ly/1BHQgLS
2 Parsons, L. (13 January 2015). Deloitte analyses top technology trends for 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2015 from http://bit.ly/1xUmEOO
3 Piesing, M. (20 February 14). The legal turbulence hindering drones in the UK. Retrieved 11 March 2015 from http://bit.ly/1r0pBFo
4 Forbes. (n.d.). 10 strategic technology trends for 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2015 from http://onforb.es/1DtrWie

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