Consumer technology trends 2016: top 10 of the most exciting things

Interested in the latest technology trends that are rocking the world? Even the smartphone sceptics usually get used to the benefits that the handheld electronic assistant offers: instant, ubiquitous and nearly free text, voice, photo and video communication; nearly constant…

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Vlad Solodovnyk
10 Dec, 2015

Consumer technology trends 2016: top 10 of the most exciting things

Interested in the latest technology trends that are rocking the world? Even the smartphone sceptics usually get used to the benefits that the handheld electronic assistant offers: instant, ubiquitous and nearly free text, voice, photo and video communication; nearly constant internet access, with implications for commerce, personal assistance and beyond; as well as always available on-demand entertainment.

However, many of the die-hard smartphone fans still bump against the limitations of the devices, like having to hold the phone in the palm of the hand to use it (not optimal when cooking, driving or working out), keeping the device charged and still having to type letters, with voice recognition tech like Siri and Google Now still not meeting the ease of use expectations for the majority of the consumers.

Technology trends for 2016 article

Article about the hottest technology trends for 2016

All of the above limitations (or “pain points”) are expected to fade, as more and more devices gain the features currently monopolised by the smartphones. Artificial intelligence (AI) interfaces, powered by the Internet of Things (IoT) hardware embedded within most objects humans interact with will take over, replacing smartphones by the year 2020, according to a survey of more than 5000 smartphone customers in nine countries by Ericsson ConsumerLab.

10 Hot Technology Trends for 2016 – And Beyond

Smartphones gradually ceding ground to other devices and objects isn’t the only trend to gather force towards 2020 – with the infographic by Ericsson ConsumerLab highlighting ten major technology trends to come:

10 Consumer Tech Trends for 2016 - click for fullscreen version

10 Consumer Technology Trends for 2016 – click for fullscreen version (credit: Ericsson ConsumerLab)

A Season for Sharing – Every Season

Four out of five people now benefits from the network effect facilitated by the online services. Globally, one in three consumers already participates in various forms of the sharing economy.

Streaming Is Believing

Teenagers watch more YouTube videos than any other age group: forty-six percent of 16-19 year-olds spend an hour or more on YouTube every day.

Skynet Destroys Only Screens

Artificial intelligence along with the Internet of Things will enable interaction with objects without the need for a smartphone screen – or any screen. One in two smartphone users think smartphones will be a thing of the past within the next five years.

Imagination Has Real Implications

Consumers want virtual technology for everyday activities such as watching sports, playing immersive games and using video chat. Forty-four percent even want to print food on demand.

Intuitively Smart Homes

Fifty-five percent of smartphone owners think materials used to build homes could have sensors that self monitor structure and environment issues, requiring the rethinking of the concept of what a smart home really is (or should be).

Smart Commuters

Meaningful travel time is an untapped market. Eighty-six percent would use personalized commuting services if they were available.

Emergency Chat

Social networks may become the preferred way to contact emergency services. Six out of 10 consumers are also interested in a disaster information app.

Smart Bodies

Internal sensors that measure well-being from within our bodies may become the new wearables. Eight out of 10 consumers would like to use technology to enhance sensory perceptions and cognitive abilities such as vision, memory and hearing.

Hacking Immunity as Advantage

Most smartphone users believe hacking and viruses will continue to be an issue. As a positive side-effect, one in five say they have greater trust in an organization that was hacked but then solved the problem.

Unstopable Transparency

Consumers share more information than ever, changing the society as they do. More than a third believe blowing the whistle online has greater impact than contacting the police.

10 Hot Technology Trends for 2016 – Report Download

For more details feel free to download the full report via this hyperlink.

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About the Author

Vlad is a writer with over 10 years of experience in the IT industry. He thinks of technology as a tool and likes to write about the ways people choose to use different tools, often with unexpected consequences.

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