What will the futurists predict in 2022? Will we really be driving cars that can fly and make themselves invisible? Will we really have so much technology built into our homes that we no longer need to leave our couches? Will aliens really have contacted us and will this be common knowledge around the world?
Only time will tell, but until that time, let’s take a look at these futuristic product hunting list predictions by looking at past predictions. To date, many things have been predicted incorrectly or have changed their form so drastically that they are hard to recognize; however, many still see the truth in such predictions.
The iPhone 10 should be thinner and lighter than its predecessor, with a higher screen resolution. A fingerprint scanner is expected to replace Touch ID, but Apple could use both technologies on different iPhones. The most-coveted new feature will likely be a camera that has three lenses; it’s similar to what Huawei has implemented in its P20 Pro, but Apple usually blows it out of the water when it comes to image quality.
No word yet on whether there will be two or three lenses—or what they’ll do—but dual-lens cameras are used by Apple today so we’re betting there are at least two lenses in future iterations of smartphone photography.
Imagine that one day, your computer keyboard and monitor are no longer separate from each other. Now imagine that a few years after that, you can link your fingers directly to a new generation of computers. Remote Keyboard/Monitor devices have already been developed, but many users have reported feeling nauseous or having headaches after prolonged use.
As technology improves and further generations are released with greater resolution and decreased latency, it’s only a matter of time before RKMs become available at affordable prices across all major retailers. Companies like Samsung and Apple will attempt to corner markets by releasing their own high-end versions with added touch screens and speakers (featured in some new models now).
Full Body Sensors
With sensors in our clothes and on our skin, a decade from now, your full body might literally become a computer. Thanks to innovations like flexible electronics and smart fabrics, in 10 years you’ll have various sensors embedded throughout your body that will be able to monitor your health continuously.
If a sensor notices something unusual — say, an abnormal heart rhythm or unusually high blood pressure — it could communicate that information to doctors via smartphone or even by sending an alert via email. As electronics get smaller, cheaper, and more energy-efficient over time, it’s likely we’ll all one day look like walking cyborgs. It won’t just be about having smart objects nearby; we’ll literally have smart objects inside of us.
We’re going to see AR/VR glasses coming out that are game-changers. These innovative spectacles will provide super-thin full-screen headsets with a level of realism never seen before.
Most importantly, you won’t even need to take them off in order to interact with people or use your computer or phone. These glasses are likely to merge our physical and digital worlds together creating new ways we communicate, work, shop, and learn. We expect these devices will be available within 2 years by 2020.
Imagine if you were to buy your first home, you’d simply press a button on your cell phone and a flying car would pull up in front of your office. It is an exciting thought but it is something that could very well happen in our lifetime. People have predicted that we will see flying cars as early as 2030.
And while many assume these will look like cars with wings, it isn’t certain how they will look or what purposes they will serve. For example, some predict that flying cars might not have wheels at all. They could take off and land vertically or hover over their destination. Flying cars might be driven individually or used as part of public transportation systems like buses and subways.
Smart Power Grid (Electrical Outlets, Appliances, and Lights Can Communicate with Each Other)
As our homes become smarter, we can expect devices to communicate with each other. This allows appliances and electronic devices to talk to their counterparts and tell them what they need or want. For example, if you turn off your lights at 9 p.m., then all of your smart home devices might dim down for sleep mode so as not to waste electricity overnight.
This will also enable electronics and appliances that aren’t normally compatible with one another (for example, a coffee maker and a refrigerator) to work together seamlessly.
There are a lot of new gadgets and technologies that will most probably be released in 2022 and beyond. Some of them may actually make it to market while others will just become prototypes. Here is a list of some cool things that you may want to consider getting your hands on if they do come out by then.
I won’t be surprised if more than half of these products don’t even exist in 2018, but hey, you never know. As technology advances and improves so does science fiction turning into reality, so why not plan ahead?
Wireless Charging Batteries/Devices
If wireless charging was so popular in 2016, just imagine how popular it will be in 2020! By early 2022, wireless chargers will probably be as common as cell phones are today. This will greatly change how we charge our devices. Today’s cell phone users have to constantly fuss with their chargers and cables; but by 2022, it’ll all happen automatically—and you’ll never even have to think about it.
Plus, experts say that removing cords from home life is a huge win for safety! While many people already use phone cases with embedded Qi/PMA tech to charge wirelessly, many don’t; that won’t be a problem by 2022 when new mobile devices come out of the box with built-in wireless charging capabilities.
Autonomous Vehicles and Pilotless Planes
It won’t be long before our cars take us where we want to go without us ever having to climb behind a wheel. In December 2018, Waymo announced that it would begin testing its self-driving vehicles on public roads in Arizona and California. And just two weeks later, Lyft launched public tests of its own autonomous ride-hailing service in San Francisco. So buckle up, folks: It’s going to be a bumpy ride. (No pun intended.)
In fact, by 2022 experts predict that more than 1 million people will use fully autonomous vehicles daily. To make all those trips safe and efficient you’ll need new drones and planes that are capable of transporting goods and people safely and cheaply in highly automated conditions.
Driverless Trains and Self-Driving Trucks
As technology continues to improve, driverless vehicles may become increasingly common. Imagine a future in which long-haul truckers are replaced by smart trucks that drive themselves automatically. Trains could also someday make use of self-driving technology. Imagine having no conductor on your train ride from New York to San Francisco—that’s already happening in some parts of Europe.
The company Alstom created a prototype high-speed train that can go 300 miles per hour with just one person on board and no driver at all! That passenger gets to relax and work on his or her laptop during the 20-hour journey between those two cities.