We all have some idea about how science fiction will blur into reality this year, with drones, virtual reality and, of course, the Internet of Things (Industrial and otherwise) topping all sorts of buzzword lists. Any of those technologies could — and probably will — affect manufacturing this year, next year and for the foreseeable future.

But what about the new tech glossed over or outright ignored by the mainstream media? Go deep with a look at some of the other developments that aren’t cluttering all the headlines. This is going to be another fun year for manufacturing tech, and January 2017 is going to look a little more different than it does today. Here are some of the trends and developments that will help steer it along.