Last year the predictions were somewhat easy. We said the technologies around working from home would improve. And they did, from more features in all the video conferencing software that most of us now call in the office, to better front cameras in newer computers that make us all look great at work. Yes, there was better access to doctors through online platforms even though we stayed as far away from hospitals as possible. Gadgets got better as more companies took the Apple route to implementing their own silicon. But no, 5G is still in the air somewhere when it comes to India.
But 2021 was also a mixed year. Although still in the midst of the pandemic, we have ventured out of our homes after a long period of caution as cases fell in countries like India after a brutal second wave. Travel was back, restaurants and cinemas too. But that doesn’t mean the pandemic is over, and Omicron reminded us of that. The final weeks of this year suddenly caused people to rewrite the outlook for the year ahead. Here’s how we think the tech world will be in the third year of the pandemic.
Building the metaverse
Metaverse is more than a buzzword. It is an idea whose time has come. But then, the metaverse isn’t really a new concept; it’s been around as an idea for decades. In fact, most of us are already in the metaverse in one way or another, especially kids who spend hours building their own world in games like Minecraft. For them, the restrictions of the pandemic mean that the online domain is where they communicate, imagine, build and dream.
In the New Year, we’ll see a lot of companies trying to do the same with the Metaverse. They will all begin to support the pillars of what will be “a new way to experience the Internet”. This is not going to be an easy task as there are no standards yet to make these different silos interoperable. So even though you’ll hear the word metaverse being used for anything that people aren’t sure about on the internet, there will be a lot of work behind the screens to make this virtual world connected and not a collection of bubbles.
The Metaverse is different from the Internet as we know it because it gives users the ability to create, transfer, and own material purely within its domain. And the need to make these transactions possible within the various meta-bubbles will be what really begins to connect the now disjointed worlds.
You might also see some of the tools for connecting to the Metaverse in its rich form become more accessible, like the VR / AR headsets from companies like Oculus and others. But the point is, you really don’t need all of that to start being a part of the metaverse; you are already there.
Smartphones and beyond
With a new way to experience the internet just around the corner, it won’t be surprising that we start to see the next big smartphone disruptor in the coming year. Let’s be clear: the smartphone disruptor doesn’t have to be a smartphone or something that extends that form factor. In fact, what could really change the way we access the internet, communicate, and work could be something without a screen that we can touch.
The smartphone industry has reached saturation point with hardly any innovation in terms of drastically changing the user experience, and that’s why any concept that offers a better way to experience the metaverse version of the internet could well be the future. personal communication.
One of the catalysts for the metaverse will be access to high-speed, low-latency, zero-downtime 5G networks. India has finally announced a timeline for its roll-out in cities, which could trigger a high degree of adoption for both the latest generation of connectivity as well as the new version of the internet, a more immersive and experiential view. from the web.
While the metaverse is even more meta and less worms, 5G technology could have a significant impact in industries like autos and pharmaceuticals. For example, 5G will enable more intelligence in connected vehicles, allowing them to make decisions in a fraction of a second based on what they see and feel in real time. If 4G has helped millions of people get remote health consultations during the pandemic, in a 5G world, they might be able to have surgery from a doctor sitting in another part of the world. Even if that doesn’t happen, 5G will allow real-time analysis of complex health data to advise those without access to the best technologies or experts in the field.
A hybrid workforce
All over the world, many people are returning to work with signs of the pandemic easing at some point, and also because of the acceptance that you might as well be living with Covid-19 as trying to move away from it. This has posed new challenges for everyone from device makers to corporate IT administrators. A hybrid workforce, commuting between home and office, is not as easy to manage as a workforce limited to either environment. This means that the software that has helped us stay connected from home will evolve to meet this new working model, even as new products will be created to address specific issues such as device and data security while networks are running. they are working on are changing.
This will undoubtedly render the traditional model of network security obsolete and prompt companies to turn to decentralized models based on access points and individuals. Businesses will also need to scale and optimize for a model that could make their current office infrastructure redundant in the near future.
More power for consumers
In recent years, consumers of personal technology devices have become accustomed to getting better features and lower prices. But all of that could go for a draw if the current processor shortage persists. Already, the prices of everything from budget smartphones to automobiles are increasing due to the chip shortage, and the situation is unlikely to improve at least in the first half of 2022, when supply is expected to catch up again. Requirement.
But things are not that bad. In all product lines, features that were once premium are now becoming more accessible to regular users. If in 2021 we’ve seen tech like noise cancellation, high refresh rate displays, and fast charging shrink to more affordable prices, in the new year expect to see the factor of collapsible shape become more common due to lower price. Likewise, adaptive refresh rates, wireless charging and 5G will be common in the mid-range, and maybe even budget phones will be by the end of the new year.