Technology is changing rapidly, and new inventions and improvements to older technologies promise to be life changing, practical and accessible. But technology, both physical and digital, takes time to think, design, create and perfect. That’s why we first hear about new technologies years before they’re ready to hit the market.
If you want to know more about the technology that is expected to drop or evolve in the coming year, you’ve come to the right place. Here are the eight tech trends predicted for 2022.
Online shopping in itself was a revolutionary concept just ten years ago. Being able to get everything from groceries to clothes and gadgets delivered right to your doorstep with the click of a button was never seen before. But if there’s one area where online shopping still falls short, it’s in managing expectations.
With augmented reality (AR), sellers can now create realistic 3D models of products, allowing potential buyers to see the item as if they had it in their hands before buying it. Not only will this provide a more accurate sample of the product you are looking to buy, but it will also encourage people to buy the things they weren’t so sure about.
2. Sustainability in technology
Modern gadgets have proven themselves as an integral part of our daily lives, sparking interest in making them more sustainable, both environmentally and economically.
2022 will see greater reorientation towards repair and reusing old devices rather than replacing them. Additionally, the new devices will be made with better materials to increase longevity and reduce the negative impact on the environment.
You can expect everything from low carbon and biodegradable materials to energy efficiency and higher capacity batteries. Also, with a longer physical lifespan, a longer digital lifespan is likely to follow, as future phones may continue to receive system and security updates for longer.
3. Low-Code and No-Code Software
Automation and creating an app for everything is becoming increasingly important for everyone from large enterprises to small businesses and even professional and hobbyist individuals. But a thorough knowledge of several programming languages has always been a hindrance.
As the name suggests, low-code and no-code are software development techniques that rely on visual elements to create software, such as drag and drop. While code-based software shouldn’t be expected to go away anytime soon, low-code and no-code alternatives can significantly reduce the time it takes to develop an application or software.
It also makes the technology accessible to anyone and everyone with an idea, allowing individuals to design apps, not just entire teams of developers.
4. 5G is going mainstream
If there’s one thing that will continue to improve over time, it’s faster internet speeds. With 4K content available on YouTube and several streaming platforms, a faster and more reliable internet is needed to stream content without constant buffering. Without speaking about, 8K is just around the corner.
5G is significantly faster than 4G, delivering 20 Gbps at its peak and an average of over 100 Mbps.
The number of global 5G connections has tripled to 670 million in 2021 and will reach a wider market over the next 12 months. In fact, you can expect a full 5G coverage across the United Stateswith the accession of many other countries in the following years.
5. AI everywhere
There is a limit to the intelligence of a computer without the help of AI. But, as more and more people expect websites and gadgets to meet all their needs, AI steps in.
We’re starting to see traces of the trend now, but expect an explosion of AI-powered gadgets, apps, websites, and tools in 2022. It’s going to get harder and harder to tell the difference between human customer support agent chatbots. Additionally, future content recommendations on social media and streaming websites will likely come from AI rather than traditional data analysis.
6. Passwordless Authentication
Passwords will become a thing of the past. As AI and ML get smarter, even the strongest passwords can be cracked given enough time. After all, there is a limit to how long and complex a password can be before it becomes practical to use.
We will likely see a gradual shift to passwordless authentication using mobile devices, tokens, and even biometrics almost everywhere. Not only will this eliminate the hassle of having to maintain and change dozens of passwords regularly, but you’ll also be much more secure and less prone to brute force and phishing attacks.
7. Virtual Mode
As AR technology improves and social media usage increases, more and more people will invest in their posts, especially on Instagram and other social media platforms. So now, instead of spending thousands of dollars on the latest designer clothes, companies are starting to sell luxury clothes that can only be seen in photographs.
Virtual fashion will make high-end accessories more accessible. It can also limit the consumption of purchased fast fashion clothing for a single Instagram post and have a positive net effect on the environment.
8. Virtual reality for everyone
With more affordable technology, smart AI, and faster internet with 5G, virtual reality (VR) will become more widely available and more realistic than ever. You can expect to see virtual reality implemented in areas outside of entertainment. For example, researchers, students and health professionals can use virtual reality to learn more about abstract and complex topics. Likewise, remote workers can use virtual reality to participate in virtual meetings and participate in the work culture. AI, ML, powerful computers, and advanced photography and animation technologies can help create more realistic 3D images and video content.
The best is yet to come
Many technological innovations expected to hit the market in 2022 are still in their early stages. Later in the year, as more research is done, we’ll likely see their refined versions.
Not to mention that the technology that will be launched in 2022 will probably be a springboard for more advanced advances that will follow shortly. So keep an open mind to the endless possibilities that future technology will bring.