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The technology that will invade our lives in 2022 – The Denver Post

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By Brian X. Chen, The New York Times Company

Every year, I review what’s new in consumer technology to guide you in what you might expect to buy – and what will most likely be a fad.

Many of the same “trends” pop up over and over again because, to put it simply, technology takes a long time to mature before most of us want to buy it. This also applies this year. Some of the trends for 2022 that tech companies are pushing are things you’ve heard of before.

A prime example is virtual reality, the technology of wearing clunky headgear and swinging around controllers to play 3D games. It should be front and center again this year, remarketed by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and other techies as the “metaverse.”

Another hot category will be the so-called smart home, the technology for controlling home appliances by shouting voice commands over a speaker or pressing a button on a smartphone. The truth is, the tech industry has been trying to push this kind of technology into our homes for over a decade. This year, these products might finally start to be practical to own.

Another recurring technology on this list is digital health equipment that tracks our physical condition and helps us diagnose possible ailments. And automakers, which have long talked about electric cars, are beginning to accelerate their plans to meet the national goal of phasing out gas-powered car production by 2030.

Here are four tech trends that will invade our lives this year.

1. Welcome to the metaverse.

For more than a decade, technologists have dreamed of an era where our virtual lives will play as important a role as our physical realities. In theory, we would spend a lot of time interacting with our friends and colleagues in virtual space, and therefore we would also spend money there on outfits and items for our digital avatars.

“We’re in a world where people send in an image multiple times a day that reflects them,” said Matthew Ball, a venture capitalist who has written extensively on the metaverse. “The next phase takes that visual representation and scales it. You enter an environment and express yourself through an avatar.

It looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. But throughout the second year of the pandemic, a critical mass of factors came together to make the metaverse more realistic, Ball said.

On the one hand, technology has improved. Last year, Facebook announced that it had rebranded itself as Meta after shipping 10 million units of its virtual reality headset, the Quest 2, in a milestone.

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