In a new trends report (first spotted by The Verge), Samsung says the next wave of “power dressing” for workplace leaders will include wearable technology. That’s right — business professionals will be all about smartwatches and other wearables in 2015, which will become a status symbol of savviness and professionalism.
The company outlined its top five trends for the new year, with wearable technology topping the list. Others included the concept of personal “power hours” (flexible times to work, beyond the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. work day, thanks to mobile phone adoption), virtual reality technology, the smart home and coding for kids.
“Every child born in the next 12 months will learn coding as a core subject alongside numeracy and literacy,” Samsung said in the report.
Teaching kids how to program is a part of a greater initiative across many industries to get them excited about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) at a young age. For instance, Kickstarter-funded Robot Turtles teaches kids as young as 3 the basics of coding in a traditional board game format, as do websites such as www.khanacademy.org (hour of code) and www.playcodemonkey.com.
Samsung is among the companies that believes the smart home revolution is just beginning. Soon, products in the house will be connected to the Internet and work together — your fridge will send a message to your TV telling you you’re out of milk; the lights will flicker if you’ve left the front door open.
In September, Samsung gave members of the press a peek at its vision for smart home automation. BK Yoon, president and CEO of Samsung, said during the 2014 IFA tech conference in Berlin that the future home will be responsive — the walls will move to create new floor plans when, for example, you’re hosting a big dinner party and want to borrow a little space from the living room. The refrigerator will tell you when items within are expired. You’ll be able to cook over a stove top with the help of recipe holographics, so you don’t have to get your devices dirty by accessing directions via mobile.
In its 2015 prediction report, Samsung said automated home systems will move from “geek to chic driven by a dramatically improved user experience.”
Samsung also highlighted virtual reality headsets as a trend to watch in 2015. The company revealed its own take on the technology at the IFA tech conference with the launch of the Samsung Gear VR, which uses a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 as the display built within an Oculus VR system.
Experts believe virtual reality headsets, which provide fully immersive 3D experiences that make you feel like you are actually inside a game or movie, could revolutionize the way we play video games and consume media. Virtual reality headsets made a big splash in 2014 when Facebook acquired Oculus VR for $2 billion.