Tech Trends for 2019 Posted on | City AM

Drones, cybercrime, AR, and robots – the tech trends to watch out for in 2019

It is finally 2019, and I can’t wait to see what surprises the technology industry has in store for us. What should we keep our eyes peeled for over the next 12 months? To whet your appetite about the future, I asked the experts for their predictions for the top tech trends of this year.

AR’s chance to shine

I’m excited to see what happens with augmented reality (AR) in the months ahead. Its potential has been hyped-up in recent years, and it came into the mainstream with the Pokemon GO game. There have been attempts to find commercial applications of the technology – Microsoft’s HoloLens (pictured above) is being used to teach in universities, and last year it won a contract with the US army for HoloLens to be used in live combat missions.

So is 2019 the year that AR finally takes off? Maybe, says Rowan Kisby, strategy director at MullenLowe Profero, but not without more support from the tech giants like Apple.

“AR is, essentially, just an enabler,” she says. “This year will see inevitable tentpole moments, with a new Harry Potter game promised, but real AR adoption requires a sustained, problem-solving push from major platform owners. Toe-dipping abounds, but it’s Google and Apple that I’d back as changemakers, with the latter’s ARKit 2 boosting developers’ capabilities.

“Don’t expect a revolution – but do expect real use cases to build consistently through 2019.”

Read the other expert opinions here

This article was originally published on City A.M.