The Future of Christmas and the Tech Tidings it will bring


IoT, ML, AI

Christmas time is known for its long-lived traditions down through the ages, but as we move further and further into a new digital era, could the heritage of the past be getting a modern technical make over? In this blog, we’ll look at the ways the power of technology could transform (or already has) Christmas as we know it in the future.

Smart Fridges

The Internet of Things (IoT) is quickly becoming one of the most promising tech trends across almost every industry. But don’t just take our word for it, Gartner predicts that we should expect to see 20 billion internet-connected things by 2020, and among those is the smart fridge.

These innovative devices have a touchscreen interface and the ability to connect to the internet via a Wi-Fi connection which gives them a myriad of additional functions. Smart fridges feature internal cameras and user-controlled sensors that you can interact with from your smartphone or tablet.

It wouldn’t be Christmas Eve without some last-minute food shopping would it? Imagine it’s 24th December and you’re frantically running around your local supermarket trying to rally up the last of the Christmas treats. You stop and realise you’ve left your shopping list at home. No need to worry. Just connect to your smart fridge right there and use the internal cameras to see what you need to buy. There’ll be no more forgetting the pigs in blankets or the Christmas pudding or even worse – the prosecco!

Virtual Reality Experiences

One in day in the future the highly anticipated Christmas blockbuster of the year could be brought to you like never before. Virtual reality could soon transform our home entertainment as we’ll be immersed in our favourite Christmas films. Home Alone will never be the same again!

Personalisation

With personalisation and customisation becoming increasingly popular, everyone could soon receive their own bespoke presents the on the big day. Combine that with robotics and unique gifts will be the best way to say Merry Christmas to our loved ones.

This can all be enhanced by the power of 3D printing. As this technology becomes more mainstream, we could see a time where all we have to do is send a code to the recipient’s 3D printing machine for them to create the gift in their home. No more wrapping, no more postage!

The Big Man tapping into Big Data

Big Data is everywhere and, in the future, organisations such as Google and Facebook could know more about our friends and family than we do. While this may seem like a pretty scary thought, it does have its upsides. In the near future, we expect to see companies using this data to create algorithms to generate automated present lists. Just select your budget and let your favourite brands do the hard work, plus it’ll help to ensure your friends and family don’t end up with the same present twice. We wouldn’t want that would we?!

All we’ll have to do is just click ‘buy’ when we get a notification saying our best friend wants that new dress she’s been eyeing up online for the last 2 months.

Robotic Companions

They say puppies aren’t just for Christmas, but now they can be. There’s no denying that 2018 has been the year of Artificial Intelligence and with robotics and AI on the rise, robotic companions, in both human and animal form, are starting to take shape.

These mechanical creatures are built with Machine Learning, and more specifically Deep Learning, technologies which enables them to carry out various tasks and interact with humans on a complex personal and emotional level. In the future this could be a great present for children to help them learn and grow with a companion by their side. At least this one won’t make a mess of the carpet 😉

Merry Techmas one and all! If you want to see more technologies changing the future have a read of our recent blog about the future of fitness with technology.

Posted by Kate Auchterlonie