PERREAULT Magazine MARCH | APRIL 2016 - Page 71

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“The future is here. It just isn’t evenly distributed.” In 1983, the science-fiction author, William Gibson penned those prophetic words. They remain apropos for 2016 because ten existing technologies (listed below) are poised to change the game in virtually every business sector in the coming year.

#2: Virtual-Reality Cameras:

Oculus, Samsung’s VR gear and Microsoft’s Hololens have drawn significant attention to the burgeoning field of virtual reality.

However, it is Nokia’s new virtual

reality camera, Ozo, that may serve

as a springboard for the field by

placing this powerful new tool into

the hands of both professionals

and amateurs. Innovators in the

hospitality, educational, real estate

and sporting industries to be among

the earliest exploiters of this new tool

and, in 2016, expect to see the creation

of a growing number of amazing and

unexpected new virtual reality experiences.

#3: Real Vegan Cheese:

Making cow’s milk without the cow might sound like an oxymoron but the technology to produce a substance molecularly identical to milk could become a reality in 2016. If so, Counter Culture Labs, the company perfecting the technology, will use it to turn their “milk” into cheese—real vegan cheese. Undoubtedly, many people will prefer milk and cheese the way it has always been made but vegans and other consumers who are concerned about the strain the current agricultural system is placing on both animals and the planet may come to prefer this new alternative.