Tech trends expected for 2016

Next year Tennessee residents may see the benefits of the significant advancements in technology that have occurred over the past few years.

“As we continue to rely on wireless technology more and more for business, entertainment, health monitoring and communications, the devices and how we use them will continue to evolve,” says Jay Ellison, executive vice president of operations for U.S. Cellular. “With strong networks and creative ways to use them, there is technology on the horizon that can connect us in ways never before possible, and I have never been more excited about where these innovations can take us.”

Top trends in the wireless industry include growth in The Internet of Things (IoT), a term for technology connecting smartphones to other things, such as having a sensor on business inventory that sends an alert to a smartphone when it needs to be replaced.

Sales of wearable technology worldwide increased nearly 200 percent in the last three months of 2015 compared with the same period in 2014, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC). There is a wide range of choices in wearable technology functionality, ranging from the basic fitness tracking to a smartphone-like experience. In 2016, more businesses are expected to use the technology, Ellison said.

In 2016, expect to see more people checking out at retail stores using only their smartphones, along with more retailers adapting to the technology.