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I’m a tech person, through and through. I’ve always enjoyed new and exciting gadgets and gizmos and how they can better our daily lives. Luckily, these last few years have given us quite a bit to be excited about in terms of technology. We’ve seen a myriad of technological improvements, and things are just getting started. Now, with 2018 in full swing, we can look forward to even more tech. With that being said, here are a few of the latest tech trends that we have to look forward to.

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

These two new trends are truly exciting, seeing as how they can genuinely improve a variety of sectors in ways previously thought impossible. Virtual reality uses today’s technology to transport users to new and exciting worlds. In entertainment, it can send a young child into a video game world where he is free to run around the digital landscape. But VR has so many more exciting, and practical, uses. In medicine, for example, a doctor in Japan can perform complicated surgery on a patient physically located in North America with advanced virtual reality technology; a military soldier can execute dangerous military operations without even stepping foot outside of an office with virtual reality technology and advanced robotics.

With augmented reality, that virtual reality is brought into the real world. Augmented reality simply creates or projects virtual images, landscapes or designs onto real-world objects, and this technology is red hot this year. From smartphone manufacturers to film studios, everyone is looking to utilize augmented reality to better their products and services. Real estate can even get in on the fun, with virtual reality open houses and augmented reality building designs.

Sharing Economy Apps

The sharing economy has taken off and it continues to show strength as it grows older. Some of the most popular sharing application apps include Uber, Lyft and Airbnb. And we will continue to see the technology behind these applications advance as the years progress. Applications such as Uber already use in-app payment systems, geo-location and even some slight social media functionality. Imagine how much better these applications can become if they utilize some of the new technology emerging from Silicon Valley. 5G connectivity offers lightning-fast connectivity, so users could access and send information even faster; virtual and augmented reality can offer virtual tours of popular locations so that users can plan their trips accordingly and self-driving cars can create a completely new sector for Uber. This new technology will all greatly affect sharing economy applications in the coming years.

This new technology is exciting, and I can’t wait to see it fully implemented in the ways I’ve mentioned. Several sectors and industries are already implementing these technologies. In fact, my own development project is already factoring in these advancements into the creation process. The Ro2 Project, a brand new development project based in Phoenix, Arizona’s arts district, will be a cultural haven that will show off the arts and character of Phoenix. With its state-of-the-art buildings and office spaces, technology companies will be able to set up shop in our buildings and grow their business; we’re also designing the project’s parking centers and buildings with ride sharing apps in mind. Ro2 will feature multiple ride sharing app drop-offs and pick-up sites and clear and advanced signage meant specifically for ride-sharing app drivers to quickly and efficiently navigate the area. I’m excited for these tech trends to influence our project, as well as our society as a whole.