Early tech adopters expect “Internet of Senses” by 2030, says Ericsson ConsumerLab report

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STOCKHOLM — Consumers expect a new service economy based on digital sensory experiences will emerge as an array of beneficial services from connected technology interacting with our senses becomes a common reality by 2030. That’s according to the ninth edition of the Ericsson ConsumerLab Hot Consumer Trends report.

The so-called “Internet of Senses” will be enabled by technologies such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, 5G and automation, Ericsson says. Consumers who participated in the study predict that by 2030 screen-based experiences will increasingly compete with multisensory ones that will be almost inseparable from reality.

According to Ericsson, the ConsumerLab Hot Consumer Trends 2030 report is 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.

Dr. Pernilla Jonsson, head of Ericsson Consumer & IndustryLab and co-author of the report, said in the news release: “We’re talking about a shift from current smartphone-based Internet connectivity to immersive experiences resulting from our senses being connected. This report explores what that could mean for consumers, with Augmented Reality glasses as the entrance point. We did not expect the extent to which consumers already envisage vast changes to our daily lives driven by sensory connectivity through Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), 5G and automation.”

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 flavour 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 favourite 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.

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