5 Disruptive Tech Trends in 2017 

95b8fec5-58bd-43c9-82c4-dee219a24c12Each year we rub our hands together and wait for all the cool, new tech to roll out.

We admire it, play with it and ultimately critique the hell out of it. Then there’s some more waiting as the inevitable updates are made. So, from one techie to another, here are five tech trends sure to disrupt the scene in 2017.

Driverless Trucks
We’ve been hearing about driverless vehicles for a while, and it’s taking off with the driverless truck. It’s making major changes in the transportation industry, projecting to double the output of the U.S. transportation network at 25 percent of the cost. We’re also expecting to experience major safety benefits as the technology improves. Learn more about the progression of the driverless truck and the future of other driverless vehicles.

Virtual and Augmented Reality
Did you know Seattle is leading the AR/VR industry? We’re geeking out about this tech trend. How could you not? For starters, we’ve seen augmented reality in books and the kind of virtual experience that allows grandpa to stay forever young riding rollercoasters in his living room. This article from TechCrunch talks about a few more experiences that may transform the way some industries do business, including consumer experiences, retail and therapeutics. Visit the Tech in Focus: Virtual Reality event by WTIA on Feb 21st, and the New Tech VR/AR event on March 14th to discuss this trend with industry experts! To keep up on what’s happening join the Seattle VR Meetup.

Amazon Go/Grocery Store in Seattle
No checkout lines. New drive up windows. What is this sorcery?! First, check out this video. It helped a ton. Second, if you’re like us and wondering how these efforts are doing, check out the latest news on Amazon Go and the drive-up grocery store and see how you can innovate your grocery shopping trips.

Space Exploration
Ready to book your flight to the moon? We’re there, people! The New York Times has called us the ‘Silicon Valley of space startups’ and we’re looking at 2017 bringing huge strides in space exploration, including the ability for commercial travel and affordability. In 2019, the International Space Station is set to have its first commercial air lock. What does that mean, exactly?! Developing this airlock module will allow for new uses of space including scientific research, technology development and human and cargo transportation. You’re in the heart of space tech with SpaceX, Blue Origin and other space-based tech firms dotting the Puget Sound landscape.

Cannabis Tech
Obviously the industry is booming and we’re biased since our own Red Russak runs Cannabis Tech Meetup. But we’ve known the boom could happen for years. How do tech and marijuana relate? We’re talking energy efficient (and green) automated grow operations that include high tech lighting setups. Not to mention all the new apps that have launched and focus on helping consumers connect within the industry. Or, how about an innovative at home grow system, to grow your plans in a snap, without any errors in the perfect climate. Follow groups like Now This Weed to keep up on all the “green” tech.

Have any tech topics you want to read about? Reply and let us know your thoughts!

This article originally appeared in Huffington Post

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