In the booming age of technology that we find ourselves in, each year produces new and exciting technological advances that shape the future of electronics. One interesting fact: many of these amazing discoveries are being made in the San Francisco Bay Area. Coincidence?

Here are 4 technologies to look out for:

  1. 3D Printing
    Even the 3D printing technology of today, most commonly known in the form of the Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), will soon be considered outdated. CLIP, developed by Carbon3D out of the San Francisco Bay Area, is a system which they claim prints 25-100 times faster than the competing technology prints. It not only boasts the facet of how fast, but also of what. CLIP can be used to create 3D objects with fewer restrictions than before. Rubber can be created in a way that uses no layering effects, producing a final object that can bounce.
  2. The Ara Smartphone
    The Ara Phone, a project of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects subset, could revolutionize everything. The idea is that the user will buy a frame, available in various sizes from mini to phablet, and construct the phone with their own personal design. The user could add an extra battery, a heart-rate monitor, or a camera module, with the potential of development of third-party parts Ara would give the user complete control over visual and technological design. The Android technology is said to have production headquarters in Google’s Silicon Valley offices and is scheduled to test in Puerto Rico later this year
  3. Insect-Sized Surveillance Drones
    Drone has become somewhat of a buzzword over the last few years. Recently, developers and researchers successfully advanced cameras inspired by insects and the size of insects that are able to record advanced video footage in low resolution. The new lenses, or “eyes,” were developed by Swiss engineering and are said to weight around 2 milligrams. Although the pontential questions of politics and personal rights are daunting, the technology is undoubtedly exciting and will be interesting to follow nonetheless
  4. New Adobe Features
    After Adobe switched to Creative Cloud in 2013, it has updated with increasingly imaginative and functional new features. It’s 2015 “Adobe Stock” service made it easier than ever to work with stock photos and Creative Suite programs; the integrated workflow between the two functions in the same way as Typekit. More creative additions like the Adobe Character Animator, which takes webcam footage and converts it into a 2D character, was added to After Effects in the 2015 update. It’s no mystery that Adobe has a nearly exclusive monopoly on the market, especially in the realm of graphic design, and with great power comes great responsibility. We are confident that Adobe will release more new and exciting updates in 2016.