Lenovo technology trends that will shape the hybrid reality of the future

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More hybrid solutions to come in 2022 and technology to drive positive change

For two years now, business and society have been adapting to the conditions of the new normal. The rapid transformation that we are witnessing in all spheres and industries, until recently, seemed impossible in such a short time. The challenges of the post-pandemic era have shown some industries the futility of the current state of affairs, while others have opened up new markets and business models. Lenovo presents the technology trends that will prevail in 2022 and the near future in its Traditional Trends Collection.

1. Remote work from anywhere in the world

Mobility, user experience and customer experience remain the most important trends.  According to research from Lenovo, 83% of IT leaders expect at least half of their future work to be done outside the office. As the new reality continues to take shape, technology will play a critical role in creating new opportunities for quality life transformation, namely:

• There will be more products, solutions and services for a comfortable work environment, while the office is seen as a place for collaboration where personal boundaries are respected just as if employees were working from home. Redesigned office space and audio and video technologies will create the conditions for flexible meetings and smart new ways to interact.

Artificial intelligence (AI) technology will continue to be relevant, and we predict that the ability of AI to eliminate background noise (such as a barking dog, ambulance siren, or drill) during video calls will contribute to a comfortable and productive work environment.
Augmented reality (AR) technologies will allow you to create remote workplaces with the effect of the presence of employees in them using smart glasses ThinkReality A3 Smart Glasses. Such solutions allow you to organize training in an interactive format, create multi-screen work environments and metaverses, and generally increase productivity.

More and more companies will optimize resources for IT infrastructure improvement through outsourcing and managed services, increasingly delivered through device-as-a-service (Damas) IT acquisition models. Last year, we predicted that Damas models would evolve through cost savings. This year it became clear that the reduction of complexity will be the main driver of the spread of outsourcing of services (as-a-service) and the so-called “managed services”.

2. Seamless authentication

Today, we use passwords for security and change them as often as required by the application or program. Most often, this is associated with the difficulty of remembering them, the risk of their leakage or selection, because. this format of protection is inherently vulnerable.

In the future, we will not use alphanumeric codes and combinations, so they cannot be stolen, bought, sold or transferred to another person, they will not be subject to phishing, hacking. Additional risks associated with password sharing, password reuse, and accidental errors will also disappear.

Instead, “seamless” authentication based on artificial intelligence and advanced sensor technologies will be implemented everywhere. In the short term, the proliferation of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), which, for example, is currently used to access mobile banking applications, as well as multi-factor authentication (MFA) will contribute to reducing the use of passwords. The abandonment of traditional passwords will more often occur in favor of biometric means of authentication (by fingerprint, facial geometry, iris and voice cast).

3. Technology for a better future

As companies embrace sustainable development principles, more and more companies are choosing technologies that support the sustainable achievement of the goals of creating a prosperous future for our planet.

Sustainable materials – recyclable polymers, fibers and metals, and biodegradable raw materials (bioplastics), as well as products from renewable resources (such as bamboo), will become more accessible for use in product development.

New technologies such as augmented/virtual reality glasses will help reduce our carbon footprint in the long run. Their functionality will allow remote employees to work from anywhere in the world, reducing the number of business trips, and therefore reducing carbon emissions.

Mini-display technologies and wearable devices used in VR will provide an opportunity to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. With self-adjusting optics and camera magnification capabilities, nearsighted users will be able to work more comfortably with their PCs and smartphones. And voice and gesture control will add mobility to people with limited musculoskeletal function.

With the growing popularity of flexible working hours, we expect technologies to emerge that will significantly change the daily routine. Employees who were previously forced to live and work exclusively in large cities will now be able to work from anywhere in the world. Companies also have the opportunity to expand corporate citizenship projects by providing resources to those employees who are willing to work from remote regions.

4.Time displays

Displays and monitors will become the central communication hubs for the office and home. With built-in hardware and software solutions with an intuitive interface, users can effortlessly multi-task through single-window and multi-window operation modes.

Using 5G or Wi-Fi technologies, future generations of monitors will become faster. With high resolution, a variety of form factors with variable aspect ratios, and built-in technologies to reduce eye strain, users will experience a whole new level of comfort and convenience from working on such devices. Monitors will also receive enhanced functionality for synchronization with smartphones and game consoles.

5. Distribution of flexible screens

Portable and foldable monitors allow you to organize a remote workspace anywhere. Thanks to OLED technology, the display can be easily folded, making the device compact and easy to use.

In the past year, several promising applications of this technology were presented. Explosive growth is expected in this segment in 2022 – analysts say that the flexible display market will increase by 500% within five years.

Smartphones will continue to drive this technology, but flexible displays will appear on other devices, and their cost will decrease due to demand. We should expect flexible displays to appear on smartphones, tablets, PCs and laptops, as well as in outdoor advertising, public transport and smart home appliances.