The times we live in right now have been different at best. While the pandemic is nothing to be happy about, the fact that it’s helped in pushing some tech to the forefront is pleasant aftermath. People have been told to shelter in place, and that’s already made some technologies evolve.
There are lots of innovations that have happened from the beginning of the lockdowns to date. Some companies have partnered with other institutions for better results. Some found reputable partner companies such as SAP to strengthen work-from-home arrangements. That’s only the tip of the iceberg, though; many companies have also begun to benefit from home tech people have been buying.
From home tech to office tech, here are a few things that people have been buying at the start of the pandemic and even beyond.
Reliance on COVID-19 Tech Is Growing
Top in the list of tech that’s sure to become a fixture are improvements in the post-COVID-19 future. These techs are designed to fight the virus, but this might also fight off any virus.
Products like LG’s InstaView Refrigerator have installed UV technology to sanitize food and other items. For its part, the refrigerator contains UVnano technology, which actively sanitizes drinking water and kills other bacteria such as E.coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Aside from UV tech, there are also UV-powered sanitizers set to hit the market, from big ones to smaller ones for smaller devices. These are expected to be powerful enough to kill bacteria and accommodate all types of devices as well.
Smart Devices from Home
While UV sanitizers are expected to become a thing, one of the most dramatic consequences bought by the pandemic is the length of a person’s stay at home. Many people found themselves never leaving their homes as a service to other people.
Companies such as Samsung are starting to make the home a smart facility—one where all devices are interconnected through the Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology. Samsung has launched a robot vacuum which serves as a vacuum cleaner and a security camera that roves around your home.
As the technology is still relatively early in its arrival, upgrading your home to become ‘smart’ can cause a lot. American consumers may have to wait until such tech becomes more affordable, but some customers prefer not to wait for such a long time.
Mobile phones still have the attention of the world
Different tech is still being actively introduced to the world, and people can clearly see that at the Mobile World Congress. The CES 2021 was also a platform for people to see how the mobile tech movement is doing. The answer? Mobile phones will be getting 5G technology, sooner or later.
Right now, Verizon offers the fastest, most-reliable 5G network locally, but finding out just how fast it will be is an entirely different matter. What it can offer right now is the promise that it’s active in building the foundation on which 5G will eventually become available.
Tech will speed up the world
There are many questions that inquisitive minds stuck in their homes have been asking. Apart from wishing an end to the pandemic, they are also thinking about what the new normal might look like.
Some experts agree that the new normal might be a “sped-up” or quickened version of the world before the pandemic. In many ways, this is thanks to the technology that has been going on strong, never becoming fazed by the pandemic that has happened.
If anything, the pandemic has sped-up some technologies. Many of these weren’t affected by the mass lockdowns that happened during the pandemic, and most have been adopted and implemented.
Remote work arrangements will provide a new face to work in general
While tech at home has experienced a surge because of the pandemic, tech at large—that is, technology being used through remote work—has also benefited from the pandemic. A lot of companies managed to transition from in-office work to out-of-office work, and that’s expected to continue beyond the pandemic.
A survey conducted by the firm Gartner said that 82% of companies are looking at continuing their employees’ work-from-home arrangements. The future of work, at least through this point of view, might be found in the virtual landscape.
There is still a very long time to go before people can say it’s safe to go out without masks on. Not everything is bad under the pandemic, though. As people have adapted to become resilient to this situation, technology also followed suit.