What Are the Current Trends in Computing Technology?

Among the many trends in computing technology in 2014 unveiled at the International CES were wearable computing devices, 3-D printing and the "Internet of Things." Numerous predictive articles in technology venues also anticipated an expansion of cloud computing and its further integration into business and personal systems.

Wearable computing refers to Internet-connected devices with embedded computers attached to human bodies or clothing. The most ostentatious example is Google Glass, but the trend also includes smart wrist watches, heart monitors, bracelets and clothing.

Three-dimensional printing involves computers creating prints by scanning objects and layering plastic to build 3-D reproductions of the physical forms.

The "Internet of Things" is the interconnection with Internet-linked embedded computer sensors of everyday objects such as vehicles, household appliances and security systems. These can then be monitored with mobile devices.

Cloud storage, data processing and computing offers unlimited computing capability and transcends the memory limitations of mobile devices. A Forbes article on 2014 technology predictions posits that personal and business cloud integration is going to occur due to importance being placed not so much on individual devices as services but systems as a whole. Other trends include the increased use of intelligent systems and computing in health care, the use of information and communication technology to improve government services and the use of online classes as alternatives to traditional learning facilities.