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These tech trends are changing the way we live

From self driving cars to urban farms and 5G networks, these are the technologies bringing us into the future.

Imagine waking up to a new day. A smart alarm clock gently awakens you precisely at the end of your sleep cycle, following which you check your smartwatch to ascertain the quality of your sleep. You ready yourself for work, while the virtual assistant on your smart speaker reads you the latest news, and weather and traffic conditions, as you brush your teeth.

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Freshly brewed coffee from the automated coffee machine, prepared just the way you like it, awaits you and you grab a cup before work. As you are about to head out of the door, a drone from the logistics company drops off a package just in time. You are scheduled to reach the office at 9am and you get some work done on the commute, thanks to your self driving car.

The foundations for this futuristic reality are already present. The world today is one that will hardly be recognisable by tomorrow. Where convenience and efficiency reign, the virtual – or at the very least, the augmented – impinges on the real. Human interactions are done over social applications.

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More than ever, the only constant is change – and often even before one can adapt to the last round of advancements. Read on to gain an overview of the tech trends that will change the way we live.

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    Smart Home Devices

    Many have dreamed of living in homes where mundane tasks are all automated and can be outsourced to a device, allowing us to exercise control by voice. Today’s smart home is available to the mass market, with products like Amazon Echo and Google Home that make it easy to manage everything at home on a single interface.

    This is thanks to the better-connected and Wi-Fi networked environment that binds together new smart devices, ranging from robot vacuum cleaners and smart rice cookers, to connected lights and even shower heads. Indeed, the smart home revolution has arrived and it’s only getting started – as the number of connected devices has been steadily rising and is projected to reach nearly 50 billion by 2020. The revolution, however, isn’t stopping with just smart speakers. More home assistant devices are in the making, with companies like Lenovo, JBL, Sony and LG fronting this technology.

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