10 Technologies in 2022 You Didn’t Know Existed

10 Technologies in 2022 You Didn’t Know Existed

10 Technologies in 2022 You Didn’t Know Existed! The year 2022 can feel like it’s still years away, but it’s going to be here before you know it! And when that time comes, there will be many new technologies and products that you may not have even known existed today. The future of technology is impossible to predict, but we can take a look at the trends today to get an idea of where our technology may be in the next 10 years. Today, let’s take a look at 10 technologies in 2022 you didn’t know existed!

Unmanned Cars

Developments in 3D mapping, driverless cars, and auto-pilot software mean that some vehicles will soon be able to drive themselves from A to B with minimal human input. Although they’re still a few years away from mass commercialization, we could see unmanned commercial vehicles on public roads by 2020.
But, that’s not all. Scientists are also developing 3D map technologies which make it possible for driverless cars to navigate without relying on maps. Google is even experimenting with ridding of its driver entirely, by launching a fleet of unmanned self-driving car prototypes onto public roads in California. Imagine how much safer our roads will be when human error is no longer an issue!

Smart Robots

Robots are here. The robot revolution has officially begun, and while they’re not exactly stealing our jobs (yet), they have been performing a variety of tasks that help us do ours more efficiently. If you thought our smart devices were impressive, just wait until you see what’s coming up next. In 10 years’ time, we’ll be using robots to vacuum our homes and cook dinner while we’re at work, making dinner dates virtually unnecessary.
Looking to bring your home a bit more into the future? There are robots for that, too. You may have heard of Roombas, little robot vacuum cleaners that navigate your home and clean up all dust bunnies you’ve left on your floor.

3D Printing at Home

3D printing is only a few years old, but its impact on home manufacturing has been huge. Already, consumers can purchase a 3D printer for under $500 and begin creating their own products at home. Imagine what you’ll be able to create with 3D printers that are even faster and more affordable than today’s models! It’s exciting to think about.
The possibilities are endless. Imagine, for example, if you could use a 3D printer to create replacement parts for your car. Instead of having to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on new parts and waiting days or weeks for delivery, you could go online and download a digital blueprint for all of your needs. When you have everything you need to be printed at home, it will take only minutes to get back on the road. What other products can you imagine creating with 3D printers?

Virtual Assistants

Just like Siri and Alexa have made interacting with your phone easier, voice-activated virtual assistants will do everything from making appointments to checking your social media feed. Virtual assistants are only limited by what developers can program into them—expect to see more and more pop up in everyday use as time goes on.
In terms of actual functionality, virtual assistants are only limited by what developers can program into them. Virtual assistants will let you stay on top of your social media with minimal effort and automatically send thank you emails to show gratitude for appointments or sales leads.

Augmented Reality Goggles

Blending science fiction with reality, augmented reality (AR) is a visual overlay that can be projected over your view of a real-world environment. Google’s Project Glass is perhaps one of the most well-known AR advancements, but there are several other companies creating equally exciting models. It’s estimated that AR will be a $90 billion industry by 2022. It makes perfect sense that goggles and glasses would be one of our first true interfaces to interact with augmented realities.
While Project Glass is easily one of today’s most well-known AR advancements, there are several other companies creating equally exciting models. Meta and Magic Leap both have similar systems for their own augmented reality headsets.

Gesture Control Appliances

Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and Samsung SmartThings all offer voice control for your home appliances. But even if you’re not ready to upgrade to smart devices (and you really should be!), there are still plenty of ways you can use gesture control technology. Arteck has created a $20 webcam that includes a mount for your smartphone so you can use it as a security camera or facial recognition device, no additional app is required.
The gesture control technology is also making its way into other appliances, like refrigerators. LG’s newest line of smart fridges (found here) comes with a touchscreen that you can use to check on inventory, track expiration dates, and more. The door has motion sensors as well, so you can just wave your hand over it to open—and close—the fridge door.

Robot Vacuums

In 2015, iRobot released their latest iteration of the Roomba vacuum, which added a camera to help it navigate around your home. In 2018, newer models not only added more sensors and a more powerful motor but also integrated Amazon Alexa into their operation.
By 2022, Roombas will be able to map out your home and vacuum even more efficiently. They’ll use a mix of cameras and proximity sensors to create a real-time map of your home so they can plot an efficient cleaning route, avoiding obstacles and making use of cleaning times that would have been wasted by going over areas already cleaned. Roombas will be fully integrated with other smart devices around your home as well, like Amazon Alexa.

Self-Healing Textiles and Metals

Materials with embedded microcapsules can repair themselves as soon as a crack or hole appears, saving time and money that would have been wasted on costly replacement or repairs. It’s a concept that could make rips and tears a thing of the past.
One of these technologies could be commercialized as early as 2017, and will likely find its way into safety products like helmets, textiles, and protective clothing. While it would certainly have a positive impact on our day-to-day lives, it’s only one of many self-healing technologies expected to arrive within a decade or two.

Smart Earphones

Earphones were first invented a century ago. But they’ve evolved dramatically over time to become far more complex and interesting than their original form. Many earphones now contain tiny microphones that can be used for hands-free calling or motion sensors that allow you to control your music player with a flick of your wrist. Tech companies are also developing earphones that can read your heart rate or blood pressure, or even stream music directly into your brain. And while most of these technologies aren’t yet ready for prime time, some may hit store shelves within five years.

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