Recently, we’ve seen an array of incredible technological advancements, many of which were brought on by the global pandemic and the changes it provoked. But, as the world normalises and adjusts to a new era, so does technology. The world of consumer electronics is getting smarter and innovations that seemed far out-of-reach a few years ago are now closer than ever. With several exciting trends observed at CES 2022, this year is shaping up to be an exciting one.
Here are the top five consumer electronics trends set to make an impact this year:
Go green or go home
Sustainability is on everyone’s minds. With environmentally-friendly technologies having garnered growing consumer interest, appliance manufacturers are employing numerous strategies to reduce the environmental impact of their products. LG, for instance, is aiming for total carbon neutrality by 2030. The company is pushing to lower emissions – both in product use and production. Expect to see more consumer electronics with components made from recycled and reused materials, as well as more renewable source options and reduced power consumption. With loadshedding likely to be a reality for South Africans over the next few years, consumers will be looking for more energy-savvy solutions.
Gaming gets bigger and better
With a range of highly anticipated games coming out in 2022, this year will be massive for PC and console gamers. They’ll be looking to gear up, so it’s crucial they have access to top-quality devices that can handle the challenge. As games move towards higher-quality picture offerings, we’re likely to see a gravitation towards enhanced TVs and better monitors that offer increased processing power.
When it comes to quality TVs with crystal-clear picture, LG’s OLED leads the pack. LG’s ground-breaking OLED gaming TVs, for example, features self-lit pixels that turn on and off on an individual level, and boast the fastest response times on the market at an impressive one millisecond. It boasts a 1ms response time, ensuring every move you input is instantly displayed on screen.
Health and hygiene are top priorities
On the back of the COVID-19 pandemic, striving for a healthier home and workspace is important to consumers. They want peace-of-mind with appliances that promise clean, healthy living. LG caters to these needs with offerings like the anti-bacterial EasyClean interior coating in the NeoChef microwave, and allergen eliminating TrueSteam technology in selected washing machines. And, LG’s Tone Free HBS-FN6 model is not only compact and stylish, but also uses ultraviolet light to kill 99.9% of bacteria that may be present on the earbuds. Although it’s not available in South Africa at this point, the company has even introduced a wearable air purifier (LG PuriCare), allowing consumers to access clean air no matter where they are. In 2022, we are sure to see more products geared towards cultivating a cleaner lifestyle.
Smart homes get smarter
In 2022 – thanks to the lasting impact of the pandemic and a move towards a more home-centric lifestyle – the idea of a smart home is edging closer to the science-fiction-like dream that has been imagined for years. This year, it’s all about getting consumer electronics to work together to make domestic life smarter and more comfortable. Smart technology, like LG’s ThinQ app, allows you to stay connected to your home appliances, from the washing machine and fridge to your TV. Consumers can take control of their homes by downloading the LG ThinQ app, or register their LG products for speedy product support.
The hybrid workplace
While the world may be normalising again, some pandemic-led changes are here to stay. Remote working options advanced rapidly in 2021 and more companies are taking a hybrid approach, allowing a combination of remote and office-based work. Creating a home-work space that is optimised for productivity and efficiency is crucial for the new-age work environment, and calls for quality equipment.
The right monitor is key to a good set up. LG’s UltraWide and UltraFine products are some of the best on the market. Certain UltraWide monitors offer split-screen functionality – a multitasker’s dream – while UltraFine monitors are the perfect partner for creatives thanks to unparalleled picture quality and powerful HDR and SDR performance. This year, look out for devices optimised for the new work era.
We’re in for a fascinating year in the world of consumer electronics. Looking at these trends, we’re sure to see some impressive technological advancements and exciting new ideas surface throughout the year