What awaits us in 2022. Top technology forecasts from experts

The year 2021 is coming to an end – and we have already told what new technologies surprised us. This time Liga. Tech has studied the forecasts of analysts from all over the world and publishes the most interesting ones for ordinary consumers.

Home Robot Revolution

The Guardian does not promise that the uprising of domestic robots will take place as early as 2022. However, it is assumed that the entry into the market of the home assistant Amazon Astro will set a trend that will be picked up by other manufacturers. If earlier such devices were single-function – for example, a robot vacuum cleaner, then Astro will be the first general-purpose home robot at a price of about $ 1000, which implies their mass production.

He knows how to recognize faces and roam the house like a watchdog, looking out for those who should not be there. The robot can become a good companion for an elderly person – it can measure blood pressure, pulse and monitor other health indicators. Astro has its own personality, so it can evoke emotion, maintain intelligent dialogue, or simply entertain you.

 

Growth of the market for “smart” devices

The first generation of smart devices often performed fairly simple tasks. Let’s consider a specific example. In the beginning, smart TVs simply made it possible to connect to YouTube and Netflix apps and watch online content, today they use the power of artificial intelligence to adapt the image to the floor space and recognize voice commands. The next step is an even more personalized approach to solving everyday problems. For example, the ability to independently change position and settings depending on the angle at which the sun shines on the TV screen.

Another trend is the ability of different home devices to interact with each other. In 2022, Matter technology, created by Apple, Google, Amazon and other major manufacturers, should finally launch. It is an open standard for a smart home that will unite all disparate devices into a common ecosystem and allow them to communicate with each other without interruption.

Gartner analysts predict that the average smart home will include more than 500 smart devices in 2022. And the market for these goods will grow to $ 53 billion.

5G and other ultra-fast networks

5G capabilities will become the norm for mobile phones and other devices of all price categories, not just premium and flagship products. This means higher resolution and bandwidth video services will become available, including 8K streaming, as well as cloud gaming and virtual reality. Modern devices will become smaller and lighter, as there will be no need for bulky processors and graphics chips – all calculations will be performed remotely, and outgoing data will simply be transmitted to consumer devices in the form of a video stream.

So in the near future, we can expect the emergence of digital goods and services that will complement and expand the capabilities of conventional physical goods. For many companies, digital user experiences are now as important a part of their business strategy as simply selling products to us.

Virtual reality and internet of senses

Until recently, most users avoided virtual reality: heavy headsets and bad content scared them away. In the near future, both the first and the second will change.

Oculus sold nearly two million of its Quest 2 headsets in 2021 – and those numbers are set to grow in the next year. According to Bloomberg, it will have both AR and VR capabilities. And this line of products should become the flagship for the company in the coming years.

Development also does not stand still. While the traditional Internet affects people through two senses – sight and hearing, in the future we will be influenced through touch, taste and smell, creating an increasingly immersive virtual reality experience.  To do this, users must wear a tactile suit.

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity will be more important than ever in 2022. As technology advances, new loopholes and security concerns arise.

Above, we talked about “smart” devices that will make the life of a modern person even more comfortable. However, one must take into account the fact that the protection of household appliances connected to the Internet is still imperfect. Experts predict that in the future there will be more cases of hackers trying to gain access to your phone and its data by connecting through your kettle or refrigerator.

This is the name given to games that are created by individuals or small groups of developers and therefore do not have financial or technical support from a major game publisher. According to VG Insights, more than 50% of the indie games that can be found on Steam didn’t even bring their creators $ 4,000 in revenue. However, those who made it into the top 1 percent earned over $ 7 million.

Among Use’s major hits include Garden Story, Sable, Talheim and others. We will see even more strong games in 2022, because, according to experts, this sector is booming.

Generative intelligence in sales

Gartner experts suggest that very soon we will not see real models in product advertisements, but generated by artificial intelligence. Based on your tastes, they will slip you an artificially created image that will better help you sell your product.

However, the capabilities of artificial intelligence will benefit not only salespeople, but also ordinary fashionistas. Soon, technology will learn to recognize what celebrities or bloggers are wearing, and from photographs, collect similar sets of clothes from more budgetary items.