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6 Exciting Tech And Gadgets To Look Forward To In 2022

A sample of new consumer tech to spark imaginations

It’s that time of the year again where everyone, from business professionals to the average consumer, is looking forward to the next round of the latest and greatest technologies. As we prepare to enter 2022, it’s no surprise that you’re probably wondering what types of tech and gadgets you’ll be able to get your hands on.

With high-profile exhibitions set to be explored in the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES), it’s exciting to see tech giants come together to discuss their most recent innovations and find out where the industry is heading.

The event is held every January, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forcing the 2021 show to be an all-digital experience for the first time in history. The 2022 show will feature in-person and a digital experience for those in attendance. Exhibitors will need to have an in-person show floor presence to be featured on the digital platform.

A major focus of CES 2021 was on automotive and home innovations, and it’ll be interesting to see the expansion of CES into space and food tech, among other important, revolutionary technologies emerging this year.

Here are some exciting technologies expected to be released in 2022.

1. Netgear Digital Canvas for NFT Arts
NFTs (non-fungible tokens) have recently taken the world by storm. NFTs are a part of the Ethereum blockchain but work differently compared to traditional cryptocurrency.

These tokens are collectibles, and Netgear is expected to release a digital canvas platform for NFTs at the CES in 2022. It will offer the ultimate viewing experience for its users, who can upload their NFTs no matter where they were purchased from.

(image credit: TruSimple)

2. TuSimple Self-Driving Freight Trucks
TuSimple is a leading company in the autonomous driving industry. It is likely to reveal its recent developments in self-driving freight transportation, and it will have its own exhibition at CES 2022. These are some of the benefits TuSimple’s technological advancements will bring to the industry:

  • Aggressive low-cost pricing
  • 99% reliable
  • Scalable capacity
  • Reduced carbon footprint
  • Transparent analytics

These are only a few of the benefits. Still, it’ll be interesting to see TuSimple’s exhibition and what new products it will bring to the table in 2022.

3. Chevy Silverado E
Chevrolet is expected to reveal its newest, all-electric Silverado at this upcoming CES. It will take place during the keynote event, presented by GM Chair and CEO Mary Barra.

The Silverado electric pickup will boast a plethora of new features:

  • Fixed-glass roof for retail models
  • Increased headroom
  • Spaciousness for front and rear passengers

Chevy is expecting its new EV to be in high demand, considering limited electric pickup trucks are available on the market. On a full charge, the Silverado E will offer drivers around 400 miles.

4. Touchless Smart Home Devices
Various smart home devices appeared in CES 2021, and we’ll likely see more as CES 2022 approaches. There were many touchless pieces of technology introduced last year, and it’s expected that consumers will see even more this year.

For example, Samsung is adopting a Matter-standard in 2022, which will lead to easy installation and usage for smart home users. Matter is designed to connect items more seamlessly and act as a hub for different devices. Take the Google Nest Thermostat and the Apple iPhone, for instance — Matter makes it easier for you to control your Nest with an iPhone, which has proved problematic for consumers.

5. Disinfecting Tech to Battle COVID-19
Another trend that was apparent at CES 2021 was disinfecting technology. It was borne out of necessity as the COVID-19 pandemic wore on and continues to impact communities worldwide.

Robert Ford, the CEO and president of Abbott, will be delivering a keynote speech at CES 2022, which is a first for this digital health tech company. Whether it’s new high-tech face masks, air purifiers or other disinfecting tech, COVID-19 will continue to spark innovation in this sector.

Artist rendering of the LIFE habitat. (Image source: Sierra Nevada Corporation)

6. Sierra Nevada’s LIFE Space Habitat
One exhibitor in the space technology industry is the Sierra Nevada Corp. Sierra designed a new inflatable space habitat meant for long durations. The Large Inflatable Flexible Environment (LIFE) is a part of NASA’s Phase 3 program, titled Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships.

The LIFE technology is meant to sustain living and working crew missions in outer space and reimagine living conditions. Sierra has also worked on other key NASA programs, including:

  • Plant systems to feed humans in space
  • Gear motor components that control the robotic arm used to collect samples from Mars
  • Nuclear-powered spacecraft that will revolutionize space exploration

Expect New Tech in 2022

CES 2022 is expected to be chock full of new, revolutionary technologies. The event will be held from Jan. 5-8 in Las Vegas. As the event approaches, keep an eye out for other new consumer tech that will come to market and spark imaginations.

See also: What To Expect At CES 2022