If 2022 looks hopeful and has a promising outlook on anything, it’s technology trends. Technology has always got humanity’s back, and now more than ever it looks like it’s about to transform our lives for the better. And not just with electric vehicles and the advent of the metaverse. New technology trends will literally hit closer to home with smart homes.
And for those who have always struggled with fixing their digital devices and finding ways to make them work, this year brings new changes to how we look at our gadgets and devices. Very soon, taking your phone or tablet to the repair shop will become a thing of the past.
Electric Cars and the Metaverse
The truth is that technology has been making inroads into our lives and transforming them for the better. From the handy small vending machines that keep us stocked up on delicious snacks to large space shuttles that take us into deep space and back, technology plays a crucial role in our everyday lives as it works on shaping our future as well. So it’s no surprise that electric cars have become so ubiquitous in our lives.
If you live in a big city, then you’re no stranger to electric cars. It’s no longer a weird sight to see a car creeping by, silent and elegant in its smooth motion. When the car idles at a traffic stop, no exhaust comes out of its back, and no noise pollution fills the air when it shifts into gear again. This eco-friendly technological wonder is the electric car, and it’s becoming mainstream, and invading every street in your urban and suburban havens.
But the electric vehicle doesn’t necessarily have to be a Tesla or an overpriced car. More established and well-known brands such as Volkswagen, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, and General Motors are all rolling out their own flavors of the electrical vehicle. Since these cars are quite affordable and since charging them has become easier than before, we can expect this year to be the year of the electric vehicle.
But if the electric car has made large strides towards mainstream acceptance, the metaverse is still a budding field that only a few outside that niche are familiar with. The metaverse refers to a virtual space where people can share and interact with each other within its boundaries. Is this the future of our communication, entertainment, and even the way we do business? A lot of experts believe that to be true.
This might explain why large corporations are taking a sudden interest in the metaverse. From Google and Microsoft to every startup with a vested interest in virtual reality, the race to acquire the biggest chunk in this niche market has already started. And we won’t have to wait for long before we see headsets and even whole operating systems that gain us access into, and let us explore, this new frontier.
Smart Homes and Body Data
The concept of smart homes has been around for quite a while, but it has struggled to catch on and get the appeal it quite deserves. This has nothing to do with the sound idea behind the smart home. It just has to do with the execution. While a lot of people would love to live in a smart home where all the devices are connected and get along fine with each other, it’s not that easy to find these devices.
When you go to an electrical store looking for a light bulb, chances are you’ll find a ton of different brands offering light bulbs of all sizes, shapes, and specifications. But not one of them is a smart bulb that fits into a smart home. Large tech companies, including Google, Samsung, and Amazon, among others, are currently pooling their resources to create the perfect smart home and all the necessary appliances, tools, and equipment. Pretty soon, not only will we be able to afford a smart home, but also to shop for the necessary devices online or in your local store.
Another exciting trend that we all are looking for this year has to do with gathering and analyzing data from our own bodies. If you’re already using a fitness tracker, then you’re familiar with the concept of gathering body data. But this time, the data is collected and analyzed for the purpose of diagnosing and preventing health issues. Health wearables will become the “in thing” in 2022. There will be specific gadgets to wear that will monitor the heart, blood pressure, sleep duration and quality, lung functionality, calories intake and spending, and even perspiration.
Your doctor and medical staff will be able to monitor this data and prescribe medication based on analyzing the data they gather from these health wearables. And if you’re concerned about data privacy or who else will have access to and possibly share your health data, you’re not alone. That will probably be the next ethical dilemma and legal wrangle that would keep lawmakers busy for months on end.
Technology has always been humanity’s best hope to help us get over the many hurdles that life keeps throwing at us. In that respect, 2022 promises to be the year when electric cars become affordable to the majority of people. By the end of the year, we’ll probably see the number of electric vehicle charging stations doubling, if not tripling. And while we can access the metaverse and enjoy its augmented reality and virtual reality delights, our body functions will be monitored around the clock. Health wearables will become commonplace in our lives, and help prevent and treat health issues before they become too serious.