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Tech to look forward to in 2014

2013 was a great year for technology, it saw a plethora of new and advanced smartphones, curved TV’s and new games consoles, so what can we look forward to in 2014. Here is our run down of what to watch in 2014.

Steam Machines

steam machineAfter teasing us for many years, Valve has finally unveiled its concept for a games console. Still in the prototype stage, the previews of the StreamOS and Stream controller look promising and the first Steam Machines should hit the market later this year.

PC gaming on your TV looks closer than ever and expect a range of third party devices running the SteamOS to be unveiled this year.

Oculus Rift

Oculus RiftThe Oculus Rift has been around for a while now and although still in the development stage things are sure to hot up in 2014. The virtual reality headset has secured extra funding through crowd based funding endeavours and have already started shipping development kits to games developers worldwide.

Who knows, you may well be pairing the Oculus Rift with a Steam Machine before the end of the year.

Wearable tech

smartwatch2013 really was the year that wearable tech came to the forefront of the industry. The release of Google Glass, smart watches and wearable fitness gadgets has ushered in a new sector of portable gadgets and things will only get better in 2014.

Updated hardware and software is key to this new but ever expanding sector and even if you’re not bothered now about owning a smart watch or smart glasses they may become more popular than ever this year as developer jump on the bandwagon.

3D Printing

Cube Colors 0343D printing was the buzz word in 2013 and this trend is set to continue into this year. Used for years in countless industrial applications, 3D printers are now affordable for the masses and is a great tool for making prototypes of products, printing a custom phone case or even spare parts for items that are broken.

2014 is bound to see a glut of new 3D printers utilising the newest hardware and software to produce even better prints and products at an affordable price.

4K TV’s

4K TVThe newest revolution in the TV market is 4K. Four times the resolution of a standard full HD TV some of the biggest manufacturers have already released their first incarnations of the TV. Expect this trend to continue in 2014 with the likes of Sony, Panasonic and LG set to announce new TV’s in the coming months.

Media streaming service Netflix has also announced that it plans to produce its original series House of Cards season 2 in 4K meaning that some other networks will follow suit.

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