By Nico Strydom
The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in greater dependency on cell phones due to lock down regulations that compelled people to work from home and stay at home.
The technological progress that we can expect in 2022 will be a logical continuance of everything that happened in 2021 and with the impact of the pandemic which will undoubtedly remain, says Nick Durrant, CEO of Bluegrass Digital.
The world is slowly moving past the pandemic and adapting to the new reality. “When we imagine a post-coronavirus society, we must remember that people have gotten used to an increasing digital and virtual word and as such our expectations about our work, shopping, communicating, learning and amusing ourselves have changed forever.”
In the past “smart” only meant connected, but according to Durrant, in 2022 “smart” will increasingly mean being driven through artificial intelligence (AI). “In the future most industries and work functions will by transformed by AI-driven solutions that add to our experiences and improve them. McDonald’s, for example, uses big data and AI to personalise their drive-through menus on the basis of external factors such as the time of day or the weather.”
Virtual and augmented reality will gain even more momentum in 2022. “When virtual and augmented reality is integrated with a business, sellers and service providers will possess unique ways of communicating with their clients. Augmented reality makes it possible to create experiences that tell a story in a more complex and successful way and offer clients a truly captivating experience. The technology also contains great potential within industries such as manufacturing, as it can be used to train workers much faster than traditional training methods do.”
Progressive webapps (PWAs) provide a faster, more reliable and more pleasant version of your website by joining the best that a website can offer and the best of indigenous applications. “With PWAs there is less dependency on an internet connection and it loads much quicker, offering the seamless and faster experience consumers and business consumers want in 2022.”
During the pandemic, for safety reasons people wanted to restrict physical contact to the minimum and this popularised contactless technology immensely. “Already we see drones being used to deliver groceries. This kind of mobile innovation will increase in 2022. Likewise, touchless interface also is a future development trend which definitely has to be watched. While we have already applied touchless control in different degrees, voice-driven interfaces and gesture controls will continue to enjoy favour as consumers demand a more hands-free experience.
According to Durrant, 5G will continue to gain momentum in 2022. “The demand for high-speed internet has strengthened the development of 5G and even 6G technologies. In 2022 we will see an increase in solutions that are developed and designed with super fast and reliable 5G connection in mind. 5G promises speed that is 1 000 times faster than 4G and therefore offers endless possibilities for developers and consumers who need mobile applications and solutions, especially programmes that reqiore faster connections to work properly, such as virtual and augmented reality.”
Bluegrass Digital: https://www.bluegrassdigital.com/