Struggling to keep up with what’s new in the tech world? It’s no secret that technology is changing and advancing everyday — it’s evident in the number of incredible gadgets people have developed over the years! Keeping up with what’s new in the technology industry can be tough but we’ve got you covered! As the host of the only tech and e-commerce awards in South Africa, which celebrates the very best of South African innovation, PriceCheck knows a thing or two about technology. PriceCheck CEO, Kevin Tucker says it’s important to look back at inventions and innovations that have changed our lives, are changing lives, and some that will undoubtedly change our future. Here are 7 of his favourite tech innovations that have changed our lives for the better.

Cardless transactions

Cardless Transactions
In SA, one of the greatest cardless transaction innovations is Snapscan, an app that allows users to purchase things using their phones. Many traders and local markets offer Snapscan as a payment option because of the easy-to-use, clever platform.

Virtual Reality (VR)

Virtual reality
Virtual reality is every gamer and tech lover’s dream come true. No one could have predicted that such a concept could become a reality but today, VR is used for tons of things from gaming to local TV viewing. It is also being used to help people overcome their fear of heights by a tech and animation solutions company called Sea Monster – technology is helping us out!

Drones

Drones
These nifty little things have made their way from being used in militaries around the world, to being things we use in our everyday lives. A bunch of companies have created camera drones that follow you while others are using drones to deliver medicine to remote locations around Africa.

Smart homes

Smart home
You’ve seen it in movies where someone walks into a room and activates lights, music, fireplace and TV with voice control and now you can too! Thanks to devices like Google Home and Amazon Echo, you can control tons of features around your home with your voice.

Travel through tech

Travel through tech

Thanks to innovating online businesses such as Airbnb, you can plan an entire vacation or trip from the comfort of your home! Local company Travelstart gives users the option to book flights online, making South African lives a whole lot easier.

Bank Zero

Bank Zero

An upcoming innovation, Bank Zero is an app-driven bank that aims to make banking more convenient. It will be totally digital, meaning no more driving to the bank, standing in long queues or paperwork!

Autonomous cars

Autonomous Car

The idea of an autonomous car has been around since the 1920s but today, there’s tons of research and development going into vehicles like this. Companies like Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, Nissan, BMW and Google are currently creating and testing their own versions and it’s predicated that they’ll become more mainstream in the not-too-distant future.

So there you have it: an up-to-date list of tech gadgets of the modern era that are changing peoples’ lives everyday. Who knows what the tech-world holds for the future?

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