2023 saw a notable break away from haphazard product launches, especially in the smartphone space. The conversation moved to new areas of technology and a rethinking of how technology can play an important role in our lives. This unexpected development highlights the industry’s mastery of refocusing. The clear winner in this evolution was artificial intelligence. This was a pivotal moment for personal technology and a driver for long-term technology adoption. In 2024, we expect to see continued momentum in AI, including its potential impact on the devices and other devices we use every day. Here are four big technology predictions that could have a big impact in 2024.
Smartphones are about to get even smarter in 2024. Smartphones aren’t necessarily physically changing, but they are poised to evolve significantly, introducing new use cases that will revolutionize the smartphone experience. Artificial intelligence (AI) has played a vital role in smartphones, contributing features such as voice dictation and camera enhancements for years. However, the advent of Generative AI is expected to bring an entirely different set of capabilities.
In 2023, Google’s Pixel 8 series provided a preview of how AI can enhance the smartphone experience with features like Magic Compose and Magic Editor. This served as a glimpse of what was to come. Similarly, Qualcomm provided insight into what 2024 smartphones will look like when it showcased its Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip in October. The processor will be included in all high-end Android smartphones this year, including the OnePlus 12 and Samsung’s Galaxy S24, bringing on-device Gen AI to consumer hardware.
For example, photo enhancements allow users to resize images without distorting them or reducing their resolution. In a demonstration, Qualcomm showed how it uses time-of-flight sensors to sample the number of particles present in the air and uses AI to determine the quality of the air to see if it’s safe to go outside. I showed it. Another demonstration used an AI model running on a mobile phone and an infrared sensor to measure hydration levels by simply touching an individual’s skin. These features probably won’t be coming to smartphones anytime soon, but it’s a step forward from where we are today.
Clearly, conversations go beyond voice-based assistants and autocorrect like Google Assistant and Siri. The arrival of ChatGPT demonstrates that AI is more than just a buzzword, and processing generative AI tasks directly on-device at the chip level appears to be the future, at least for mobile devices. This means developers, OS providers, and his OEMs will need to make changes to their apps and software to take full advantage of on-device AI. All eyes are on how North Star Apple will compete with Google and Qualcomm by bringing generative AI capabilities to the iPhone.
Gadgets and toys without screens
If Humane’s Imran Chaudhri is to be believed, smartphones are taking their final steps. But what will replace them? Devices like the AI Pin are meant to be worn on clothing and allow users to make calls, send messages, and answer questions without looking at the screen. It’s a device Chaudhry believes is the future of technology, but it doesn’t have a screen and is powered entirely by artificial intelligence. But questions remain. Will this device live up to the hype? That’s the question on everyone’s mind, but no one has a clear answer.
Chaudhry’s confidence in shipping the device in March for $699 proves he is ready to take on his former employer (in this case Apple) with the iPhone killer. There is. The stakes are high, but Chaudhry is not alone in this field. He may be getting the most attention for his experience at Apple, but experiments are underway to make his screen-less, AI-powered products more popular and mainstream. For example, Grok is an interactive AI toy for kids that lets you chat with the toy, ask questions, and discover imaginative play. The cute toy is voiced by Canadian singer-songwriter Grimes (mother of Elon Musk’s three children) and is powered by generative artificial intelligence. Contrive Datum Insights says the AI-enabled smart toy market could reach a value of $35 billion by 2030.
Augmented Reality Glasses Augmentation
Despite Mark Zuckerberg’s Metaverse not being popular, the market hasn’t completely shunned augmented reality/mixed reality headsets. With Apple launching Vision Pro in “early 2024,” devices with mixed and augmented reality will finally get some attention, but the real increase won’t happen right away. It’s still early days and no one knows which technology (AR or MR) will be accepted. Experts expect more of these headsets to be introduced in the coming years, although early failures and high selling prices have limited consumer interest so far. After all, in 2024, these headsets will lay the foundation for building a new ecosystem like his early 2010s smartphones. Rather than rushing to sell more units to attract new customers, companies like Apple could focus on improving the experience and helping developers prepare compatible apps. This is a good sign because you can.
Portable consoles dominate
2023 was a great year for handheld gaming, surprising insiders, and industry experts. Mobile gaming is huge, but for the first time in the last decade, portable gaming devices have had their big moment. Valve strengthened its position with its Steam Deck OLED, and leading PC manufacturers Asus and Lenovo both brought their first generation handheld consoles to market. And let’s not forget smaller players like Ayaneo and Analogue. They continued to release niche handhelds, attracting new customers to the once-popular realm of portable gaming. Sony also had a presence with his PlayStation Portal, but it wasn’t the kind of handheld gaming console we were waiting for. Still, there was never a dull moment for gamers, as handheld gaming consoles turned out to be the perfect way to play games on the go. Nintendo is rumored to be releasing next-generation hardware in 2024, and many believe it will follow the form factor of his Switch. Portable consoles might just have the “aha” moment we’ve all been waiting for.