Sweet tech to look forward to in 2016

There is already a lot of tech to look forward to in 2016.

Of course there will be the usual bevy of smart devices that will improve on their predecessors – many of which will be announced at CES in Las Vegas in January and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February.

In addition to a new Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy Note, iPhone, Sony Xperia, LG G, and HTC flagship, 2016 promises to be an interesting year for many other technologies.


Virtual reality

Oculus Touch

Facebook’s Oculus Rift headset is set to launch commercially during the first quarter of 2016, bundled with CCP’s upcoming video game Eve Valkyrie.

HTC has delayed the launch of its Vive VR system to April, while Sony is expected to launch PlayStation VR (formerly known as Project Morpheus) in the first half of the year.


Wider fibre-to-the-home availability

Fibre internet network

Looking at South Africa, the coming year bodes well for people in wealthier areas who want fast broadband at a good price.

Companies like Vumatel, Vox, Metrofibre Networx, and Dark Fibre Africa are all building fibre networks in affluent neighbourhoods.

Telkom has also stated its intention to provide a million homes with access to fibre by 2018.


Netflix

Netflix popcorn box

To consume all the bandwidth fibre can provide, there are a number of new video on demand services that have launched in South Africa: including ShowMax by media giant Naspers and PCCW’s OntapTV.

Netflix is set to strengthen the competition in South Africa’s subscription VOD space in 2016, as the company has confirmed plans to launch here before the end of the year.


Tesla Powerwall

Tesla Powerwall

Also expected to come to South Africa in 2016 is the Tesla Powerwall, the home battery system from Elon Musk’s renewable energy company.

Early indications were that the Powerwall would cost around R50,000 excluding VAT, but with the rand weakening to new lows, importers have warned consumers to expect higher prices.


More on what to expect in 2016

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Telkom reaffirms 1 million home fibre plans

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