Lenovo Technology Predictions for 2022: Hybrid, Durable, Personal
The past year has been a time of transition – but which of the new approaches will prevail in Asia-Pacific markets? For 2022 and beyond, Lenovo offers a range of forecasts that incorporate what has been learned over the past year, to improve future products and services.
Extremely hybrid working models, a focus on carbon neutrality and the environment, and the need for more comfortable and intuitive ways to use our technology set the tone for the following emerging trends.
- Work-from-anywhere technology, now widely available, will reveal a growing divide.
Just as the use of video conferencing software accelerated during work from home last year, successful companies in Asia-Pacific will accelerate the adoption of improved infrastructure and services that enable smarter working. and more flexible. That includes the hybrid: the rugged child of desktop and remote work systems, which (strangely) is unlike any of its parents.
Important innovations that will make this possible include upgrades to artificial intelligence, which improves by removing the daily background noise of an Asian city, improving privacy and connecting seamlessly. Augmented reality will also have a role to play, concentrating information in a smart and convenient way for the user. Remote desktop solutions, especially those that unite employees under cloud-like services with enterprise-level security, allow employees to work while providing them with the necessary IT support wherever they are.
Other companies, held back by legacy systems, will resist these changes in hopes of returning to “the way it was” – and will find it increasingly difficult to foster an engaged workplace for employees – especially given the younger and more diverse Asian workforce. .
- Sustainability will become a major factor in technological innovation and design.
2021 was the year Asia-Pacific took sustainability seriously. In 2022, a combination of regulations in Japan, Korea, ASEAN, South Asia and Australia, customer demand, the pursuit of carbon neutrality and a growing awareness of environmental and social impact will continue to significantly influence product design decisions. In the past, sustainability was a secondary consideration in technology product design and innovation, if considered at all; now he will play a leading role.
Sustainable materials will surge in popularity at manufacturing sites in the region and become more available for product development. Successful products in the future will incorporate recycled plastics, fibers and metals; self-decomposing materials such as bioplastics; and renewable sources like bamboo – where Asia has a clear advantage.
At the same time, societal considerations will become more important, including the accessibility and suitability of technology for a wide range of users.
- Security will finally begin to move away from overreliance on passwords.
AI and improved sensor technology will take center stage as passwords take a back seat. Short-term public key infrastructure (PKI) – what we use today to access our mobile banking apps – and multi-factor authentication (MFA) will reduce our reliance on passwords.
The sensors that power biometrics – fingerprint, face, iris and voice authentication – will begin to take on greater responsibility for our security online and with our devices in the coming year. This will play an additional role in making the technology more accessible to remote Asian populations speaking various languages and having various levels of literacy.
- Computers will slowly and steadily become more human.
Humans weren’t designed to spend long hours sitting in front of screens and typing on keyboards – but today many people spend the majority of their waking hours interacting with technology. New designs will help slowly evolve this relationship towards designs that work with – not against – human physiology.
In 2022 and beyond, instead of focusing on keyboards and trackpads, expect to see more flexible display options, ergonomic mice, haptic feedback, voice-to-text (and vice versa) and more intuitive forms of input involving artificial intelligence.
The past year has marked a major change in the way we use technology in our daily lives. While we can expect these changes over the coming year, we can also view them as the start of a more gradual shift that will take place beyond 2022. Where will the next year take us? -she ?