Consumers expect connected technology to become more flexible and interactive going forward and see devices enabling more pro-active, and even creative choices in a wide range of everyday life situations by 2030.
The tenth edition of the Ericsson ConsumerLab 10 Hot Consumer Trends report highlights consumer predictions about the various roles that connected intelligent machines could take on going forward.
Each of these roles could be seen as new service areas, opening a range of opportunities for 5G service providers to gradually extend intelligent networks to their customers.
Based on long-standing global trend research, the ConsumerLab 10 Hot Consumer Trends 2030 report represents the expectations and predictions of 50 million early technology adopters across 15 major cities including Delhi.
Each trend in the report depicts a specific role that such machines could take.
The 10 Hot Consumer Trends for 2030 (global and local insights)
1. Body bots: Get a power-up – 76 percent of global consumers predict there will be intelligent posture-supporting suits. Consumers in Delhi are more supportive with 84 percent voting for this concept idea.
2. Guardian angels: Three-quarters globally believe that privacy guardians will help fool surveillance cameras and block electronic snooping.Delhi consumers stand at 82 percent – clearly, using technology to help guard oneself in the digital world is very important for them.
3. Community bots: Seventy-eight percent global consumers believe electronic watchdog services will alert neighborhood allies to any trespassers. However, a higher percentage of consumers from Delhi (81 percent) prefer gardening devices like mowers that team up to also keep common areas tidy.
4. Sustainability bots: Future weather will be extreme – 82 percent globally and 85 percent in Delhi believe devices will share data and warn about local rain torrents or heat blasts.
5. Home officers: 79 percent of global consumers say smart speakers will project noise-canceling walls around the home office space. However, the majority of consumers in Delhi (89 percent) predict smart electricity meters that calculate electricity used for work at home (including related activities) to be a reality by 2030.
6. Explainers: While over 8 in 10 globally predict automated financial management systems that explain how your investments are handled, at 87 percent consumers in Delhi are slightly more interested in the concept idea of cars that only drive autonomously when traffic is calm enough for driving decisions to be explained to the driver.
7. Connectivity Gofers: Smart signal locators will be able to guide you to optimal connectivity spots, say 83 percent of global consumers. 86 percent of consumers in Delhi have voted for the concept idea of home access points that automatically connect your devices to fiber, cable, 5G and Wi-Fi to be a reality by 2030.
8. Baddie bots: A baddie bot that can be trained to carry out burglaries or attack other people is wanted by 37 percent of global AR/VR users. 87 percent in Delhi believe hacking networks that learn the behaviors of one’s devices in order to infiltrate them and take control will be in use by 2030.
9. Media creators: Machines will curate content. Sixty-two percent globally think game consoles will make original games based on their gameplay. The majority of consumers in Delhi (76 percent) believe it is likely that artificial musicians that write and perform their own music will do better on the hit charts than humans in 2030
10. Bossy bots: Around 7 in 10 global consumers believe that social network AIs will understand your personality and build up a circle of friends that is good for your mental and physical wellbeing. Interest in this concept idea is higher among consumers in Delhi at 84 percent.