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6 Gadget Trends to Look Out For in the New Year

By
Howie Jones
 - 
Dec 8, 2021

What's the latest in gadget trends? Well, artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT) are reshaping the gadgets industry and augmenting the talents of professionals such as surgeons, lawyers, and architects, allowing them to accomplish incredible new feats.

However, it is also enriching our daily lives by enhancing our capacity to interact with family and friends, boosting our health, equipping our homes with intelligent appliances and devices, or simply allowing us to relax and enjoy films, music, and games in more stunning and immersive ways.

Consumer technology refers to a wide range of goods and services. These services will assist us in solving problems in our daily lives.

It can be large and bold, as only a 100-inch 8K television can be, or streamlined to smartphones, watches, and streaming devices. Here's a glimpse at six gadget trends to look out for in the New Year.

Domestic Robots

Robotic vacuums and other single-purpose machines have been around for a while, and they are already rather widespread.

However, with Astra, Amazon is bringing to market what it thinks to be the first general-purpose home robot. If it's a success, other manufactures will follow. An example of this is when Amazon launched home AI helpers with the Echo.

Astra may serve as a roving surveillance bot, keeping an eye out for intruders, as well as an "Alexa on wheels," going to look for you when you receive calls or notifications. This one has a personality and can keep you company or entertain you in general. Other robots on the market or in prototype form will assist with:

  • home duties such as security;
  • healthcare supervision for elderly people living alone; and
  • providing educational opportunities.

Gadgets That Are Smarter

From cell phones that let us access the web to TVs that allowed us to watch Youtube and Netflix, the first wave of "smart" items were actually just "connected products." Then machine learning came along, and it brought us household appliances that learn how to function efficiently and gadgets that are primarily capable of functioning autonomously, such as self-driving cars, in addition to enabling phones to extend the life of the battery with intelligent energy management or take better images with image enhancing programs and algorithms.

Smart TVs now employ AI to adapt their video and audio to the surroundings they are in, and also have built-in speech recognition algorithms so we can manage them with our voices, rather than simply allowing us to watch internet content and run apps. In the New Year, smart consumer gadgets will expand on this capability to provide individualized answers to issues we face every day.

The Internet of Senses and Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality

These devices require a person to use at least two senses when engaging with digital material and services online.

To build genuinely immersive consumer experiences, both companies and content producers will look to engage us via touch, taste, and smell in the future. Much of this will happen in virtual reality (VR) environments. These new technologies will allow us to smell and feel experiences.

By doing so, it makes them appear more "real" and engaging. Here are some of the most exciting new gadget trends to look out for.

Welcome to the Metaverse.

Facebook, Nvidia, and Microsoft have all announced their metaverse plans.  The goal is to develop immersive online settings that provide a persistent world for work, networking, and pleasure.

5G and Other Ultrafast Networks

Instead of being limited to luxury and flagship items, 5G abilities will be the standard for smartphones and other gadgets at all price points. This means that higher-definition and higher-bandwidth video services, such as:

  • 8K streaming;
  • cloud gaming; and
  • virtual reality.

All of these will become more widely available. As a result, smart gadgets are growing smaller and lighter, as there will not be a need for hefty processors and graphics chips. This is because all calculations will be performed remotely. The outcome will simply be transmitted to consumer devices as a visual feed.

The Internet of Things and Smart Homes

Throughout the coming year, the trend of all things becoming increasingly "smart" and interacting and engaging with one another will continue.

In fact, Gartner experts project that by the New Year, the average home will have more than 500 smart gadgets.

That may seem like a lot, but 10 years ago smart devices were barely even emerging. Smart tech is the direction the world is going, and with all of the new devices being introduced, there is no going back. With all of the gadget trends to look out for, there will be plenty of smart devices to fill homes.

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