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A Year in Review: 2015 Tech

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2015 has been a dynamite year for technology. From smart phones to drones, virtual reality to self driving cars, we’ve seen some pretty amazing stuff this year. But what stands out the most? Well, we have some opinions on that!

The Year of the Drone

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Tesla’s patent for an “apparatus for controlling mechanism of moving vessels or vehicles” paved the way for 2015 tech drone remotes!

The idea of remotely controlling an unmanned aerial vehicle has been around since before the Wright Brothers made their first manned flight in 1903. Many different forms of drones have been invented since then, but never before has this technology been so accessible. There are dozens of affordable options out there for purchase, and with companies like Amazon developing the use of drones for quick delivery, we think the drone landscape is only going to grow further in 2016.

The Year of the Smartwatch

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About two of every three smart wearables shipped [in Q2 of 2015] was an Apple Watch.” – Jitesh Ubrani, senior analyst for IDC. (source)

Mankind has envisioned using watches as a form of communication since the earliest James Bond films, but now we truly have watches that live up to that dream. With smartwatch sales numbers expected to grow exponentially in the next few years, it is safe to say that the future has officially arrived!

The Year of 3D Printing

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This isn’t sci-fi; it’s a real-life materializer!

3D printing stands out as one of those new tech trends that almost seems too good to be true –  the stuff of science fiction come to life. Nowadays, there are companies that can print replacement teeth, prosthetic limbs, and even cars!

In 2015, Local Motors 3D teamed up with Oak Ridge Labs and printed a full-size car called the Strati in 44 hours – a speedy pace compared to the 2,500 hours it took to print the Urbee 3D printed car. Local Motors is also working on a consumer model of their 3D printed car line call the LM3D, and apparently it’s a blast to drive.  SCIENCE!

The Year of the Self-Driving Car

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In 2015, Google, Tesla, and Baidu tested a limited number of self-driving prototypes. By 2020 – an estimated 10 million self-driving cars will be on the road. (source)

Autonomous cars hit the road this year, relying on autopilot to get them to their destination. As cool as the technology sounds, skeptics hastily arose as the accident-prone self-driving prototypes grappled with negative press. Yet as big players like Tesla (US) and Baidu (China) step into the race, the world is gearing up for a smarter – and safer – self-driving experience in 2016 and beyond.

The Year of Lightning-Fast Internet

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The average download speed of household internet in the US? 7.2 mbps. (source)

Fiber-optic internet, the world’s fastest internet connection, is now available to around 25% of U.S. citizens. But the average speed of fiber connections in the US doesn’t even hold a candle to the fastest internet in the world, invented by researchers in the Netherlands and topping out at around 255 terabits per second. That’s fast enough to transfer a 1GB movie in 31.25 microseconds (0.03 milliseconds).

We hope you’ve been as blown away by 2015 tech trends as we have. 2016 has got a lot to live up to, but stay tuned! Dolphin will be right here next year to report on the hottest new technology for you.

– Team Dolphin

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