Technology is discussed thoroughly in our previous article. But apart from that, there are plenty of types of technology around us. We all utilize technology for different purposes in different forms. So, we can’t depend just on a single kind of technology to live. So, it is essential to be aware of the technology categories in order to stay updated with the latest arrivals in the tech industry. So, we prepared this list for you to help you determine between the different latest tech gadgets and services and to know which tech category they belong to.
How to differentiate Technology?
Categorizing technology is pretty hard, considering that every single technology can be associated with one or more types. If we take televisions, for example, it could be considered as something that provides entertainment and also information. As there are no ground rules on how to properly categorize these gadgets or technological advancements, it could be hard deciding the proper categories.
We did our best to put them in the appropriate sections. Including every single possible scenario is beyond our ability. Hence, this guide could be considered as a quick start to your journey of finding different types of technologies around us.
What are the Types of Technology?
We can’t accurately estimate the number of technological types around us. It varies, and different experts will give different answers. However, we can determine the best out of them and conclude some of the best technology types to have a quick idea. We listed such items below alongside examples of different types of technology which refers to.
As mentioned already, it is not possible to list all the tech categories and their examples. Because they range from the types of keyboards on your desk to the fastest car in the world. But we can do our best to find them. These are the 8 types of technology.
1. Medical Technology
Medical Technology is a crucial and most important variety of technology. It involves the machinery and services related to medical science powered by technology. There are different types of medical technologies such as instruments to analyze diseases, gadgets for reducing pain, and instruments for treating and curing diseases. All are helpful to protect humans from dangerous viruses and bacteria, thus improving their lifespan. Some medical technology equipments are given below.
The stethoscope is an acoustic medical device. It is used for auscultation or listening to the internal sounds of the human body without undergoing any surgeries or advanced treatments. Stethoscopes are also being used in animals for treatment.
It is used to provide medical drugs via a mist inhaled into the lungs. This is one of the most common medical equipment seen in most hospitals.
2. Assistive Technology
Assistive technology is also a recognized form of technology that helps people with disabilities by assisting them to do particular tasks. As we already know, it is extremely difficult for people with leg problems to walk, people with hearing problems to listen to us, people with blindness to see what we see. The assistive tech gadgets help them to have all the abilities a normal person has, either by fitting to their body or as external accessories. For example, the automated self-controlled wheelchair is a perfect example of assistive technology. Here are some more examples of assistive technology.
1. Hearing aids
It can improve the hearing ability of deaf people to a great extent. In some advanced devices, the people can hear almost near as a normal person could. This helps them to live a normal life like a normal person without any disabilities. It can be attached to the ear as you can see in the image below.
2. Scooters with extra wheels
Unlike wheelchairs which only allow traveling inside the home or a particular location, there are different types of self-balancing scooters are available on the market. They will come with two extra wheels which help to ride them like a car. Persons with physical disabilities can take advantage of this.
3. Entertainment Technology
In this technology categories list, entertainment technology would probably have the widest collection of members in it. It ranges from the computer speakers on your desk to the guitar in your music class. These tech gadgets provide great relaxation to people with their wide collection. This tech category is used to build video games, set up theaters, produce movies, and much more entertainment stuff all around us. It is very difficult to avoid this technology type in our day-to-day life. Here we provided some of the entertainment technology devices.
The guitar is one of the most popular musical instruments out there. The pleasant sound it produces is capable of providing incredible relaxation to the users.
Unlike speakers, headphones keep all the sound inside it and exhibit it directly to the ears. Any external disturbances will affect the quality of the listening as well as the headphone music playback will not be hearable from the outside environment.
4. Productivity Technology
This is one of the types of technology used in a business. It includes various gadgets and tech stuff that helps to improve the productivity of a business or other types of firms. It enhances occupational activities such as mining, manufacturing, fishing, etc. by helping out people in completing various tasks. It also consists of software tools and other intangible parts that help the hardware to function properly by accepting the instructions of the users. Business technology has great relevance when it comes to the industrial level production of goods and materials. Below are some examples of productivity technology.
Machines anywhere in the world, in any factories, in any sector of the industry can be considered as a great productivity boost. Any machines that boost the performance of human work, do it more accurately, and reduce the cost is a great example of productivity technology.
2. 3D Printers
It helps designers to produced real-life 3D objects by printing the 3D design created using the software. This is one of the most advanced technologies which has great relevance in providing 3D models of objects.
5. Teaching Technology
Teaching technology is also one of the most important types of technology. There are different types of technology in the classroom, from the digital whiteboard to the presentation projector. So, for a smart tech school, implementing such things is necessary to grab the attention of the students all the time without making them bored. Teaching technology includes various gadgets as well as apps and software. The apps have a crucial role in providing customized learning materials to the students and teaching materials to the teachers. Here are some examples of teaching technology.
1. Apps that limit access to specific sections of the devices
As we’ve mentioned in our previous article on the advantages and disadvantages of technology, educational gadgets can be utilized for entertainment purposes also. To prevent this, there are plenty of apps available on the play store as well as in the iTunes store. The SureLock Kiosk Lockdown and the OurPact – Parental Control & Screen Time Manager are two good examples.
2. Customized tablets
Numerous governmental organizations produce customized tablets for students. They will have certain limitations which will increase their productivity as a student.
6. Communication Technology
Communication is one of the most essential factors in this modern technology era. No matter how far or how near you are from the receiver, today’s communication advancements can deliver any voice or video calls without any interruptions. The 3G, 4G, and now 5G technologies are keeping to improve with boosted speeds and efficient transfer. Mobile phones, computers, fax, emails, text messaging tools, etc. are all examples of communication technologies in our daily life. However, the list elongates unlimitedly.
Smartphones utilize cellular networks to send and receive communication signals from the nearest towers. It is one of the widely used and popular communication technologies out there.
Email is an internet-based communication technology which familiar to most internet users. The speed of transportation makes it reliable than Fax and other communication methods.
7. Information Technology
Information technology is a familiar type of technology for us. It is a set of hardware and software which helps to store information and access it based on a set of instructions provided by the users. Information technology is widely used to automate systems accurately and thus increase productivity to a great extent. Organizations use this for improving their customer support services and earning reputations in the industry. Even Banks are working utilizing information technology tools.
The greatest invention of the 20th century, computers are everywhere. To process information and make human tasks infinitely easier, computers are being used in almost every sector of human life. Computers exist in different forms such as PCs, Laptops, Tablets, etc.
2. Automated Backup Systems
The automated backup systems will backup the files on a selected drive or system to make sure that the files will be safe in case of any hardware failure or virus attacks. The backups will run on a regular basis like Hourly (For a highly secure system), Daily, Weekly, Monthly, etc.
8. Architecture Technology
Architecture technology is a type of technology that applies modern technology to designing buildings. From the smallest of the building to the large industrial factories are built with the help of architectural technologies. Engineers design cutting-edge building designs to make sure of a solid foundation and beauty utilizing the latest technology gadgets. Architecture technology is one of the most crucial types of technology that no one can live without. Without proper architecture, no building is going to last for long. These are some examples of architectural technology.
1. Burj Khalifa
No introduction is required for the world’s tallest building. The most important building today, measuring 830 meters from the root to the tip. Consisting of 163 floors, this ginormous building requires extreme precision and cutting-edge architecture to stand still on nothing but pure sand.
2. Apple Park
The new Apple campus costs around $5 billion to build, this beauty of a building is the perfect example of modern architecture. Built with glass and beautiful materials as Apple does on their products, this campus could accommodate around 12,000 employees.