2016 saw a head-spinning number of new technologies in deployment, from wearable sensors to fully connected plants and self-driving vehicles. Few of the technologies were new. Most were existing technologies converging (such as sensors and Big Data) boosted by the lower cost of hardware and software.
The IEEE Computer Society identified nine technologies to watch in 2017. Design News takes a look at each of these technologies to get a glimpse of how these advances will deploy in the coming year. A companion piece draws looks at eight technologies to watch over the coming five years.
Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 17 years, 15 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.