The latest edition of Ericsson ConsumerLab annual trend report has shown that most consumers expect artificial intelligence (AI) interfaces to start taking over from smartphone screen in the next few years. The 10 hottest consumer trends for 2016 and beyond report indicated that consumers believe artificial intelligence (AI) will soon enable interaction with objects without the need for a smartphone screen.
According to Ericsson, half of all smartphone users expect smartphones to become things of the past within the next five years noting that as the adoption of networked technologies moves faster than ever, mass-market use becomes the norm quicker saying that as a result, the time period when early adopters influence others is now shorter than before.
Commenting on the report, Head of Research, Ericsson ConsumerLab, Michael Björn, said that some of these trends may seem futuristic stressing that consumer interest is in new interaction paradigms such as AI and virtual reality (VR), as well as in embedding the internet in the walls of homes or even in our bodies, is quite strong.
“This means we could soon see new consumer product categories appearing and whole industries transforming to accommodate this development.”
The insights in the “10 Hot Consumer Trends for 2016” report come from Ericsson Consumer- Lab’s global research program and cover a range of consumer opinions.
The broadest trend is representative of 1.1 billion people across 24 countries, whereas the narrowest represents 46 million urban smartphone users in 10 major cities
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht