Ericsson ConsumerLab: Ten Hot Consumer Trends 2030 – The Internet of Senses
According to Ericsson, consumers expect an array of beneficial services from connected technology interacting with our senses of sight, sound, taste, smell and touch to be a common reality by 2030. The consumer predictions about the Internet of Senses are among the expectations highlighted in the ninth edition of the Ericsson ConsumerLab Hot Consumer Trends report.
The Internet of Senses will be enabled by technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), 5G and automation. Consumers predict that by 2030 screen-based experiences will increasingly compete with multisensory ones that will be almost inseparable from reality.
The report represents the expectations and predictions of 46 million early technology adopters. The main drivers for the Internet of Senses include immersive entertainment and online shopping, the climate crisis and the corresponding need to minimize climate impact.
The 10 Hot Consumer Trends for 2030 – Internet of Senses:
1. Your brain is the user interface:
Fifty-nine percent of consumers believe that we will be able to see map routes on Virtual Reality glasses by simply thinking of a destination.
2. Sounds like me:
Using a microphone, 67 percent believe they will be able to take on anyone’s voice realistically to fool even family members.
3. Any flavor you want:
Forty-five percent predict a device for your mouth that digitally enhances anything you eat, so that any food can taste like your favorite treat.
4. Digital aroma:
Around 6 in 10 expect to be able to digitally visit forests or the countryside, including experiencing all the natural smells of those places.
5. Total touch:
More than 6 in 10 expect smartphones with screens that convey the shape and texture of the digital icons and buttons they are pressing.
6. Merged reality:
Virtual Reality game worlds are predicted by 7 in 10 to be indistinguishable from physical reality by 2030.
7. Verified as real:
“Fake News” could be finished: half of respondents say news reporting services that feature extensive fact checks will be popular by 2030.
8. Post-privacy consumers:
Half of respondents are “post-privacy consumers”: they expect privacy issues to be fully resolved so they can safely reap the benefits of a data-driven world.
9. Connected sustainability:
Internet of senses-based services will make society more environmentally sustainable, according to 6 in 10.
10. Sensational services:
Forty-five percent of consumers anticipate digital malls allowing them to use all five senses when shopping.
The report insights are based on Ericsson ConsumerLab’s global research activities spanning more than 24 years. It primarily draws on data from an online survey conducted during October 2019 of advanced internet users in 15 cities around the world. They are Bangkok, Delhi, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Mexico City, Moscow, New York, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney and Tokyo.
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