We bid goodbye to probably one of the most “difficult” years in the 21st century: 2020. Although a pandemic was in full-swing last year, there were also some key technological developments that kept us company while we were stuck at home. 2020 saw the advent of numerous innovations, including 5G, innovative smartphones, and smarter AI that’s based on advanced algorithms and data.
Even though there are a lot of drastic changes last year, there’s still a lot of room for development. In fact, there’s probably going to be even more innovations this year compared to the last. But what are some predictions on these innovations of technology for this year?
Here’s what you’ll need to know:
Better Home Systems
One facet of society that has been enjoying a lot of technological innovations in the residential sector. As more and more people are spending time at home instead of going out all the time, it’s only appropriate that tech giants and companies spend more time on researching and developing technology that’s catered towards better home living.
In the past few years, the dimensions of televisions and computer monitors have gotten increasingly wider, which helps immerse users. Although we might have already seen this through cinematic equipment like projectors, there’s still a lot of room for development.
Another known innovative tech that’s been gaining a good amount of traction is automated smart home technology. This is a great way of automating almost any function of your home without having to pay too much attention to controlling temperature, humidity, and other important aspects of your house. This can also come in handy if you’re inviting some friends over and you want to impress them with an automated audio-visual system.
Companies like Apple are known for their technological ecosystem, which connects almost all the devices at home so that information can be sent back and forth to help better adjust the home system for a more optimized and convenient experience for residents.
You don’t necessarily need to get state-of-the-art and expensive devices in the form of iPhones and high-end desktops when there are a variety of high-quality yet very cost-effective home operating systems that are automated. The home audio system is known for being a pinnacle in innovation and will continue helping homeowners and individuals in bringing convenience and conserving energy to your home.
There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that health and wellness will always be crucial in our everyday lives. Contrary to the common notion that technology has made people lazier and more “spoiled” on having food and convenience delivered in front of them, technological innovations in health and wellness are going to revolutionize how people will look at technology.
Smartwatches are just one of the important innovations in health and fitness. Some watches are known for their state-of-the-art sensor that can detect oxygen levels, count calories, and detect whether there are cardiovascular complications are known for anybody from different walks of life. In fact, there have been reports of smartwatches, potentially saving the lives of individuals by notifying them of health risks.
Sleep technology is also another important feature that will be on a variety of devices, including smartwatches, smartphones, and potentially smart home systems. It’s expected that there will be more innovative wearable devices in the future that will be focused on health and wellness.
A Shift in the Industry
In the “new normal,” there’s bound to be a shift in how tech giants innovate their products. These drastic changes in the industry are in response to the changes in the social and economic climate that was brought about by last year’s pandemic. With a surge in demand for a variety of other industries, such as online education, most individuals are clamoring for better connections, cameras, and experiences.
Smartphones and laptops will see drastic upgrades and changes in how they will cater to the general public. For instance, Apple is now using its own innovative M1 processor chip, which is a significant upgrade compared to its rivals.
Other than the increase in processing power for a variety of devices, smartphones are getting significant changes in design and form. We’ll be seeing more folding and “rolling” smartphones that will definitely be turning heads towards your direction.
There are definitely a variety of technological innovations that are in development that people should be excited about. It’s quite clear that compared to the previous year, much of the world’s economy will be picking up its pace, and with it, numerous innovations will make our lives even easier. How will these innovations affect us? Only time will tell.