Technology and people: 10 trends of 2023

The 2023/2024 trends in the interpretation of technology companies are inextricably linked with the metaverse and Web3 along with artificial intelligence. As before, the main topic is health and care for it. The most popular innovations are tech gadgets to improve sleep, as well as health and fitness monitors integrated into portable devices and technology home systems.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is now found in almost every type of product (from baby strollers to ovens) – and this is the main difference from past years. At the same time, there is a desire to universalize devices. The emergence of Matter, a smart home standard that makes it easier for smart devices from different brands to interact with each other, opens up opportunities for new technology companies.

Accessories for the metaverse

Metaverse technology became mainstream last year. Companies are now producing devices designed to optimize the quality of immersion in the metaverse, made possible by a new type of internet. Source Digital claims to have launched “the world’s first Smart TV metaverse” by porting its Sansar platform to LG Smart TVs. With this application, users can explore 2D and 3D environments with a customized avatar. Shiftall, owned by Panasonic, has released three devices focused on the metaverse. These include Magnex, an ultralight VR headset, and Pebble, a device that heats or cools the human body to enhance the virtual experience. The third device is Mutalk, a Bluetooth microphone with sound suppression.

Smart observation

Smart security cameras are already in our homes, but now they perform other functions. Ring, a company that primarily makes doorbells, has announced an automotive security business. The Ring Car Cam is equipped with sensors that can detect if your car has been broken into. It can also be used as a DVR. Another curious device that has already made the rounds on the internet is the Bird Buddy bird feeder. Artificial intelligence is integrated into it, which photographs all the birds that arrive to have a bite, and identifies their species. Users can gamify their experience by collecting different kinds of birds in the companion app.

Have better sleep

Sleep is more important than ever, and there are many products out there that promise better sleep quality. LG has unveiled the Breeze earphone, which uses sensor data to estimate how much time a person spends in each of three sleep states (REM sleep, light sleep, and deep sleep). They can also play sounds to help you sleep. German startup Variowell Development has released the Pepaminto mattress topper, which works in conjunction with the Apple Watch to heat or cool different areas of the bed. An interesting update to the popular Hatch Restore 2 alarm clock, in which light and sound enhance each stage of the sleep cycle. The new version introduces “morning moments”, allowing you to add inspirational messages or short workouts.

Wearable devices for wellness

Wellness is still trending and many brands are making it a priority. The latest wearables differ from their predecessors by providing only key information and integrating features that enhance mindfulness. Hit — smart watches Nowatch, which do not show the time, but signal the emotional state of the owner. This screenless device generates gentle vibrations to improve mood and reduce stress based on heart rate, sweat, physical movement, and sleep patterns. Another new addition, Citizen’s CZ Smart comes with the YouQ app, which uses NASA research to anticipate patterns of fatigue and become more productive throughout the day. Wearable technology for medical devices is popular. 

Smart home devices

Integrating healthcare into smart home devices was inevitable, but some companies have taken the idea even further. One of the most unexpected startups is U-Scan, a urine scanner that sits in your toilet. Developed by the medical technology brand Withings, it offers information on digestive and reproductive health. Samsung has expanded its Bespoke Home lineup to include an artificial intelligence oven. In addition to being able to suggest the correct cooking temperature for pre-set healthy meals, it can interact with Samsung apps to suggest recommended meals based on workout statistics and diet goals. And the company Yukai Engineering (Honda concern) has released a robotic pillow Fufuly, which helps a person find healthy breathing rhythms.

Augmented reality

A number of projects this year are exploring ways to make the use of technology outside the home more convenient. The Chinese brand TCL, which produces high-tech TVs, introduced the RayNeo X2 smart glasses. This augmented reality footage superimposes all sorts of useful information on your field of vision, from the automatic translation to GPS navigation. They can also integrate prescription lenses so that eyeglass wearers can also use the device. Navigation is also the focus of Loovic, a GPS-enabled neckband that helps pedestrians navigate cities without using a map. Another important device allows you to make private calls in public places. French startup Skyted has teamed up with industrial design studio PriestmanGoode to create a voice-absorbing mask. Created by Airbus,

Media with light and smells

The experience of playing games, listening to music, or watching videos can be improved with several new objects. Japanese company Aromajoin has launched a video platform that works in tandem with Aroma Shooter technology to create scents that complement whatever happens on screen. There are currently over 100 different flavors available. And Govee has released a product that can compete with the Philips Hue system. The Govee AI Gaming Sync Box Kit is a Matter-certified system that creates colorful lighting effects to enhance your video game experience.

Artificial intelligence as a help to parents

This year’s sensation is the Ella smart stroller with artificial intelligence and the possibility of autonomous driving. It was released by the Canadian company Glüxkind Technologies. The Ella offers push and brake assist, hands-free walking, and smart Rock-My-Baby mode. There are more and more technological objects designed with children in mind. The new Q-bear baby monitor is positioned as a “baby cry interpreter”. She uses a huge amount of data to interpret crying patterns, so every cry can now be explained more effectively. The device can also soothe a crying baby with light and sound (they are connected using artificial intelligence) or analyze the source of pain and discomfort.

Accessibility for all

The news that hearing aids are now available over the counter in the United States thanks to a recent FDA ruling has opened up a new market. One of the products featured is the Eargo 7 Designer Headphones. Like the previous models, these hearing aids are waterproof, fully rechargeable, and come with noise cancellation and sound processing features. Well-known brands have also released products to support people with disabilities or disabilities. Sony introduced Project Leonardo, a PlayStation 5 controller that allows people with limited mobility to play longer, and L’Oréal introduced HAPTA, a lipstick applicator for people with limited hand and forearm mobility.

Portability and miniaturization

Those devices, the quality of which meant stationarity, are now acquiring new formats. The new Brane X portable speaker does just that – with radical new subwoofer technology and massive onboard processing power, this football-sized speaker delivers deep, clear, and powerful bass. For an all-in-one speaker, it delivers amazing stereo surround sound. Brane X includes Bluetooth and Apple AirPlay support, and a built-in microphone array makes it a full-featured Amazon Alexa speaker. It’s also IP57 rated so it’s waterproof and dustproof, and the company says the built-in rechargeable battery lasts around 12 hours at medium volume. The founder of the company has experience with high-precision magnets, and he decided to apply this experience in another area.

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