Without a doubt, 2018 has been a year of change for tech. And we’re less than four months in! From advances in AI to exciting new apps at your fingertips, technology is moving faster than ever.
Here’s a roundup from the cats at Hot Tin Roof of some of the developments that may be in your home and on your street in the not-too-distant future.
Find your way using Naviaddress
How many times has a parcel you’ve ordered gone missing because of an error with your address?
Now a Russian start-up has come up with a solution. Naviaddress tackles this problem by using digital ‘smart addresses’ to help people find places – whether it’s making a delivery down a quiet country lane or finding the office for your job interview.
By including helpful features such as addresses, pictures of locations, and descriptions of routes, this app helps you get to where you’re going in no time.
Ride in more than just a taxi with Uber
Already the world’s most successful taxi company (with no taxis), Uber now plans to integrate new transport options into its app.
Users will soon have the option to rent a bicycle or car, and to browse fare types, make payments, and receive mobile tickets for public transportation using the app.
Starting off in a small number of US cities, if this development proves to be a success then it will be rolled out across the world.
Get help around the home with domestic assistant robots
Developments in technology have resulted in the increased capabilities of Artificial Intelligence. Not only can robots look and act human, they can now live with us in order to help around the home.
One such robot launched in 2018 is Buddy by Blue Frog Robotics. He’s not just a cute face – this household robot can help with daily tasks, interact with other smart connected devices in the home and even protect your house from intruders.
And he is guaranteed not to complain when asked to help with chores!
Take a spin in a self-driving car
Self-driving cars have been on the scene for a while, but 2018 is the year when really exciting progress is being made.
At the TED Conference 2018 the fully autonomous BMW i3 was trialled for journalists, who were impressed by the smoothness of the ride.
With safety and comfort of these vehicles improving, it may not be long before everyone travels by driverless car.
These cars eliminate the chance of human error – the cause of 90% road traffic collisions – meaning safer travel for drivers and pedestrians alike.
These are just four exciting new advancements so far in 2018, but there will be so many more in the pipeline that are just waiting to be unleashed on the world. Here at Hot Tin Roof we live and breathe tech, so we are excited to see what the rest of 2018 will bring us!