The pandemic has made new technologies, on the one hand, one of the remedies for the crises caused by the coronavirus (teleworking, science, medical care, growing popularity of digital entertainment), and on the other their producers, instead of developing innovations, focused on continuously filling the huge supply gap. So don’t expect a flood of innovative projects in 2021. The CES show is the best proof of this.
The largest consumer electronics show held annually in January in Las Vegas set trends and showed what the world of new technologies will look like in the months to come. This year. – for the first time in history, for obvious reasons – CES will be held online (starting January 11). The list of “exhibitors” and presented gadgets is much more modest, although there will be some interesting facts, there will also be industry leaders who will present their new products (eg Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic ).
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Including based on CES 2021, some trends for the new year can already be seen. First, smartphones. 5G must dominate here. The latest generation of super-efficient connectivity will drive all new online technologies and drive another trend – IoT (Internet of Things), in which all devices are in the network and communicate with each other (an example may be smart home and smart car solutions).
5G connectivity in their smartphones is probably provided by all manufacturers (in 2021 it will become a standard). The CES Innovation Awards went to, among others, 10 5G UW – the latest phone from the Chinese company TCL. This is the brand’s first 5G handset, and at the same time one of the cheapest deals available on Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network (priced under $400).
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The TCL smartphone shows in which direction manufacturers of such devices will go: powerful NXTVISION 48 MP triple rear cameras, supported by AI (artificial intelligence), FHD + screen with a diagonal of 6.53 inches.
Other new trends in this category are the objectives hidden under the screen or the lack of chargers in the sets. (like Apple, this solution is introduced by Xiaomi). Manufacturers will also continue to experiment with folding screens. We already know that these will also appear on the PC market. Such an innovative computer was recently presented by Lenovo. The ThinkPad X1 Fold is the first laptop with a curved screen. The book-sized device, however, has a 13.3-inch panel and weighs just over 900 G. Such innovation, however, costs money – in Poland the price of device will be around 15,000 PLN. zloty.
The eyes of fans will certainly be traditionally drawn to the premiere of Samsung (in the first half of January it will present its flagship – the Galaxy S21 smartphone) and LG. This last concern is making leaps and bounds in the TV market. A few days ago, the company announced the premiere of the first QNED Mini LED receiver. It’s a premium product that – thanks to the use of nearly 30,000 miniature LEDs, exceptional maximum brightness and ultra-high contrast – raises the bar in the LCD TV category. Thanks to innovative technology, LG has achieved remarkable accuracy in color reproduction.
5G connectivity in their smartphones is probably provided by all manufacturers (in 2021 it will become a standard)
But “smart glasses” could become a hit in 2021. Such are introduced by Amazon (the Echo Frames model will allow constant contact with a voice assistant) and Vuzix (its glasses are supported by the augmented reality system – they provide access to online applications and content).
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The direction in which new technologies are heading is demonstrated by the results of Ericsson’s latest “Hot Consumer Trends” study. Among the trends that will dominate the next decade, respondents point to the omnipresence of artificial intelligence. AI technology will be “sewn” into many devices and will support us at almost every step. “Just because machines will become intelligent doesn’t necessarily mean they will look like humans.” They might as well be nameless abstractions that do things faster, more logically, and more efficiently than humans. Either way, they are unlikely to be mere automatons or submissive servants who mindlessly follow our whims. They will motivate us, take care of us and the environment – predicts Marcin Sugak, an expert from Ericsson.
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Up to 84 percent of respondents predict that by 2030, smartphones, home devices and so-called wearables will save electricitysharing it with all other devices and only charging it for hours with less household power consumption. 83 percent believe that by 2030, self-charging batteries will be available to generate power from multiple sources such as sun, traffic, rain and waste.