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The top developments in consumer tech to expect for the future

by John Saunders
30th May 22 2:41 pm

Looking back just 10 years, it’s easy to see how far consumer technology has come, with the global consumer electronics market seeing sales growth of $42.8 billion in the first half of 2021, growing by 18%.

You are likely well aware of many of the latest developments in consumer technology, whether this is the countless list of smart devices available made possible by developments in voice recognition software, or advancements in facial recognition making the smartphone user interface more seamless. But what are some of the top developments in consumer tech you can expect to see in the near future?

Smart home devices

Currently, smart home devices usually bring products like the Amazon Alexa to mind, allowing you to control inputs with voice commands. However, this is only the early stages, with the true capability of these devices still in development. Advancements in Internet of Things technology are already being used on a commercial level for things like automated manufacturing, and you can expect this technology to make its way into the consumer technology market to make our homes and the devices around our homes more accessible and interconnected.

You can expect future developments to increase the interface you have between your smartphone and the devices around your home, for example automating shopping, detecting what items you need to reorder in your fridge when it’s running low and scheduling for these items to be purchased. The interconnectivity of your home appliances will allow smart home devices to act as a central hub for your home.

Battery and charging

Those using any of the latest smartphones will recognise the developments that the battery life in our devices has undergone. The 1973 cell phone prototype was able to support 35 minutes of talk time before the battery died, followed by 10 hours to charge up to full capacity. Contrast this with the smartphones of today that can last up to 2 days depending on use, there have been clear strides in battery life, and this is expected to further develop in years to come.

One big factor in battery performance is the charging capabilities we now have, with a range of USB ports used for different purposes allowing for the most efficient energy transfer while providing data transfer at the same time. So what can we expect in the future? Machine learning is already being used to prolong the battery life in our tech, so further developments in power management for our devices will continue to extend the battery life of our technology. Further developments of charging capabilities like the recent switch to lightning cables will enable faster charging times for our devices, meaning less time spent charging and longer durations where you can use your device.

5G connectivity

Many people can already experience the speeds of 5G networks, with the service being provided by many of the top mobile network providers. However, it’s also evident that 5G networks are still not the majority, as it can be rare to find an area supported by the faster network connection. It is expected that 5G will continue to grow and overtake other networks becoming the primary connection as the areas covered by 5G continues to expand. This will allow users to experience internet speeds up to 100 times faster than its predecessor, allowing a more seamless experience when browsing, working and watching online, and for many other devices that use network connections to operate.

Virtual Reality, augmented reality and the Metaverse

Although there have been strides in the field of VR and AR, they are still very much in the early stages when it comes to consumer tech. Their current main consumer applications include virtual reality gaming and entertainment, with most of the developments in their applications being used in commercial practices like real estate, interior design and learning and development. You can expect the uses for virtual and augmented reality to grow in the consumer industry, bringing applications such as using VR and AR for shopping online and in-store, with Marks and Spencer beginning to utilise an Augmented Reality app to help their customers better find their way around the store.

One of the largest upcoming developments in virtual reality is the Metaverse, a development from the founders of Facebook, Meta. The Metaverse aims to create an immersive virtual environment for working, socialising and playing. This will have a vast array of both commercial and consumer applications, with many large companies like Microsoft and Nvidia buying in to help to create the Metaverse. It is also likely there will be virtual stores and hubs for businesses within the Metaverse, allowing users to interact with and purchase from a company virtually.

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