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Is there a massive global chip shortage? Did the Facebook name change again? How are there millions of dollars in digital art? No crystal ball could have predicted the state of technology in 2021. There’s no way to see it all coming, even with the most nuanced analysis of current trends, industry gurus, and Ouija boards.
Here’s the list of new technologies that will significantly impact 2022.
1. Affordable Electric Vehicles.
By the end of 2022, automobile purchasers in the United States may have a choice of more than 100 models. Many upcoming models will be less expensive than those available just a year or two ago.
EVs account for less than 3% of passenger vehicles on American roadways, and research suggests that affordability will be a crucial factor in their widespread acceptance.
According to Scott Shepard, a principal research analyst at Guidehouse, a corporate consulting organization, the average sticker price of EVs has decreased 30% globally from 2015 to 2020, even as the middle range has climbed 45%. He anticipates this trend to continue in 2022, with at least four more EV vehicles priced under $40,000 hitting the market in the United States.
Microsoft created a mouse out of recycled plastic from the ocean. Recycled materials are used in Apple’s latest iPhone and iPad models. While not in use, Amazon’s new Echo display, also composed of recyclable polymers, saves electricity. In 2021, every major tech keynote included a pro-climate component, and in 2022, there will be even more.
Sustainability also entails keeping the same devices for a more extended period. “The real problem is that the industry develops products with a concise lifetime, that are hard to repair and that go to landfills,” said Magali Delmas, professor of management at the University of California.
3. Keeping Social Media Safe for Kids
In 2021, the world concluded that social-media apps, particularly Instagram and TikTok, had not done enough to protect younger users from hazardous content and addicting features. Governments and social media firms will make more attempts to protect children in 2022.
Lawmakers are drafting new bipartisan legislation. Senators Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) and Bill Cassidy have reintroduced the Children and Teens’ Online Privacy Protection Act, or Coppa 2.0, which would expand current privacy protections to users aged 13 to 15, prohibit tailored advertising to children, and more. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) are working on legislation to make social-media algorithms more transparent.
4. Rise in Chips
Global lockdowns began in early 2020, resulting in a boom in demand for microchip-based products like cellphones to keep connected, laptops and PCs to work and study from home, and vehicles to replace public transportation. As a result, chip demand reached new highs in 2020 and the first half of 2021.
5. Bots for Home
Home robots are coming in 2022, which are more than just a smart speaker or roaming vacuum cleaner and may even keep us company.
Astro, Amazon’s Alexa-enabled household robot, navigates your home using sensors. It can do everything you’d expect Alexa to do (play music, answer questions, etc. ), but it can also monitor your home when you’re not there. If the robot is in the house of an elderly relative, you can check in remotely using a feature called “Alexa Together.”
6. Virtual Reality
Meta (previously known as Facebook) intends to release a more advanced and pricey headset than the Quest 2. The device (codename Project Cambria) will have new sensors and enhanced optics, making avatar-you more like real-you. Your avatar also smiles when you do! Plus, the same gadget will be able to display your actual physical area, but with digital features added in—for example, look at a massive virtual screen above your real workstation. All of this is part of the company’s plan to create the metaverse, a virtual world where we may work, shop, socialize, and more.
7. Smart Earbuds
Your earbuds could be the next big health gadget. According to a Wall Street Journal article, Apple is testing the ability of AirPods to measure body temperature and monitor posture. According to a familiar source, the buds would collect a wearer’s core temperature inside the ear and rely on motion sensors to detect slouching. According to the Journal, Apple is also working on iPhone capabilities to help detect depression.
8. Futuristic Bright Display
MicroLED is another sophisticated display technology that may one day compete with OLED on price. Samsung has already developed video walls with these small self-illuminating pixels, but the price is prohibitively high. Vuzix aims to demonstrate smart glasses with small MicroLED stereo displays for augmented reality in the workplace at the CES tech expo in January.
9. Say Goodbye to Passwords
Passwords are not great, and it’s possible to guess or steal them. We use password managers to protect ourselves from hacking that generates unique, nonsensical logins for each service.
For example, you can log in to WSJ.com using a specific URL emailed to you. Slack and PayPal are in the same boat. Shopify and Resy, a reservation app, provide codes to your phone number. Microsoft has added the option of using a code from the Microsoft Authenticator app, a security key, or a verification code given through phone or email instead of a password.
10. High-Speed Internet
In the following year, the telecoms intend to extend their networks. T-Mobile announced that it would have reached 50 million additional Americans by the end of the year. 5G isn’t just for phones, either. Carriers are exploiting the network to deliver residential internet access in areas where traditional landline providers have not been able to. In September, T-Mobile increased its 5G home service to cities in Florida and North Carolina while Verizon expanded its 5G home coverage to Fremont, Calif., and Niagara Falls, N.Y.
There’s a high possibility our internet connections at home and on the go will improve, although there will be some speed hiccups. President Biden’s infrastructure plan, which contains $65 billion for an improved broadband connection in rural areas, was passed in November, but states must undergo a lengthy application process.