The Biggest Tech Trends of 2016: What You Need to Know

What's Next: Biggest Tech Trends of 2016

In 2016, you'll be able to climb mountains from the comfort of your living room, let your car take over while you're driving down the highway, and slip on a pair of sneakers that tracks your jogs. You'll also be able to add items to your shopping list just by speaking to your fridge.

That's how we define the progress of technology ─ by the experiences the latest products enable. Just a few days away, CES 2016 will be the launchpad for many of the above innovations, and Tom's Guide will be there in full force to meet with hundreds of companies and to separate the fads from what will be truly useful. From virtual reality and drones to smart home tech and wearables, these are the biggest trends to watch for in 2016.

What’s Next for VR: More Useful Content, Less Nausea

Virtual reality is literally changing the face of entertainment. Hear from Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey and other experts on what's coming next. READ MORE.

What’s Next for Wearable Tech: What Will Make You Healthy?

Fitness trackers and smartwatches are just the beginning. Learn what the next big trends are in wearables, including health devices you swallow. READ MORE.

Laptops in 2016: OLED Screens, Oculus-Ready Gaming

Learn what's next for 2-in-1s and for gamers looking for cheap thrills and VR fun. READ MORE.

What's Next for Drones: Super Selfies, GoPro Karma, FAA Confusion

From camera drones that follow you to fuel-cell power to GoPro's first drone, here’s what's on the horizon. READ MORE.

What's Next for TV: 4K Goes Mainstream, But Here Comes HDR

Shoppers aren't waiting to buy Ultra HD sets. Here's why, and why high-dynamic range will redefine the viewing experience. READ MORE.

What’s Next for Car Tech: The Road to Self-Driving Autos

Car owners are overwhelmed by connected features, but new innovations should drive away confusion ─ and new autonomous breakthroughs will make your jaw drop. READ MORE.

What’s Next for Smart Home: Simplicity Trumps Smarts

The Nest thermostat and Amazon Echo have raised the smart-home bar by focusing on simplicity, and more amazing appliances are on the way. READ MORE.

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