I am a long-time Futurist, and technologist. In my career, I have spanned the birth of personal computers, to the rise of Cloud Computing.
What technologies are going to take off in 2023? Well here are three that i think will be big.
As a futurist, I know differently than most people. I have my inspirations. As a technologist, an early inspiration for me was the old Jetson cartoon. I didn't watch the cartoon for the witty dialogue but for the tech. Another thing that influenced me was not the cartoon Dick Tracy but Dick Tracy's watch. My love of things that solve problems quickly stems from a gift my father gave me many years ago, a circular slide rule. I don't have it. I haven't had it for many years, but that influenced me greatly in my pursuit of technology. From the manual typewriter world to the electric typewriter world to the Apple Macintosh world, I continued the technological evolution I remain on today. My focus today is on technology is going to be big in 2023. I have done this to have a larger market share article for many years. So without further adieu, what will be big in 2023 in the consumer technology space?
The cellular phone is my first area of interest/technology that will continue to evolve in 2023. The 5G networks are expanding. As they expand, you have more capability to open up to yourself. From downloading a significant amount of data, like updating all your apps, to interacting with work applications more efficiently, 5G will expand your pocket's capabilities. But beyond the capabilities of 5G, a growing number of solutions connect to that phone and offer interesting additional services. These include Bird Feeders with integrated cameras, connected telescopes, and Drones above you!
Another area, and it's the fifth year in a row that has been on my list of things that will be big in the year, is the reality of 3D printers. I've read several articles about the fact that as many as 50% of American homes will be in web 3D printers by 2030. The numbers will show the extreme growth rate from where it is today; roughly 5 to 7% of American homes have a 3D printer. The reality of 3D printers is that from four years ago today, the software that runs the printers has gotten significantly better. When I started doing 3D printing, you copied all your files to print something onto a USB key and carried that to the printer. While sneakernet is certainly something I have used many times as a professional, I did start in the days before wide area networks were huge. Still, there are better solutions than sneakernet. Throwing 3D print files over my wifi network to my printer is a significant value addition. The other side of the software is the ability of various packages depending upon the printer you choose to translate from other printer specifications. That ability to convert print files and use them on your printer is huge. That is the growth area for the market in 2023, although I will not project the nearly 40% year-over-year growth that will have to happen to make it to 50% of American homes by 2030. I see a stronger market in 2023 for 3d printers than in the past five years.
Streaming, 3d printers and cellular phones are all going to grow in 2023.
The last thing that has been growing throughout 2020, 2021, and 2022 that will continue to grow in 2023 is the various streaming services, particularly beyond just the services boxes that unify those services. How much longer will traditional cable or set-top boxes exist? One way would be to enable in-home streaming and only have a single setup box. Today some cable/television providers do not allow you to watch TV on other devices on the same wifi network as the set-top box. Streaming will get huge, and I've seen that 70 to 80% of American homes will be streaming only in the next five years. That is an interesting change in the market and evolution that will continue through 2023.
Like all things, the chances that I'm right on all these are low. I am partially right about streaming already. That market is big and continuing to grow. The bigger question is whether it will replace the set-top box in the next 2, 3, or 4 years. What you can do with your phone continues to evolve. What you can connect to your phone for pictures and data gathering is a growing market. The last thing is the 3d printer market. While 3d printers have yet to take off as fast as many predicted, they continue to expand yearly. 2023 is going to be a very interesting technology year.
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