When people say “tech” or refer to the tech industry, they can be referring to a vast amount of job roles, types of technology, or technological finds. Tech can include hardware, inventions, gaming systems, voice, video, apps, and much more. Emerging and new technology can be fun and interesting to learn about, and can also hold some amusing surprises. Tech has helped many people survive and stay healthy during the 2020 pandemic, and has also helped people stay connected and employed. A lot of people use an overwhelming about of tech throughout their day without even thinking about it. An average peson will wake up and ask Alexa or Siri what the weather is like, connect with friends and family using social media and instant messaging, turn on lights and appliances using app or voice activation, track their health with wearable tech, and log into work on a VPN. Let’s take a look at some fun or surprising recent tech stats.

Augmented & Virtual Reality

As virtual and augmented reality continue to grow, both technologies are gaining traction and use among both consumers and businesses. The two are growing at different rates, however. In 2019, 42.9 million people in the US used a VR product, and 68.7 million people used an AR once monthly. (eMarketer)

Virtual reality has a lot of diverse potential in the market. While many people know it for its fun and realistic gaming experiences, consumers have started to see VR in a new light. 64% of consumers say VR has the most potential in gaming, while 52% recognize its potential in Film and TV. (GlobalWebIndex) People have also gotten excited about VR’s potential in sports viewing, classroom educations, and social media.

With all of their gained popularity, it’s estimated that AR platforms such as mobile games and apps, and AR glasses-related apps will hit around 2.5 billion installs in 2023. To counter this, VR platforms are expected to see 30 million installs across devices by 2023 (Digi-Capital)

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence has significant uses for a broad amount of industries, technologies, and reasons. Did you know that AI can be used to assist individuals with disabilities in their learning, career, and home lives? It’s even estimated that by 2023, the number of employed people with disabilities will triple due to artificial intelligence and emerging technologies that reduce barriers to access. (Gartner)

Many of the emerging technologies that we talk about actually center around artificial intelligence. It’s estimated that 80% of emerging technologies will involve AI by 2021. (Gartner)

Did you know that AI is superb at reading emotions? By using technology to read your facial expressions, AI is able to predict and read your emotions, and respond with specific prompts or ads. By 2024, AI identification of emotions will influence more than half of the online advertisements you see. (Gartner)

Voice Assistants & Smart Speakers

Rather than going to an online browser bar and entering a search query, we now press a button on our mobile devices or speak a command to a voice assistant to get the information we want. “Hey Siri,” “Alexa” or “Okay, Google” have become part of the daily vernacular for many of us. Over 46% of people use voice assistants. (Pew Research Center)

Of those who own a smart speaker, such as Google Home or an Amazon Echo, 54% say their voice assistant can easily understand them when they speak. (Adobe) Although we like to laugh as the misunderstandings, it can sometimes get frustrating when your voice assistant can’t give you what you want.

In a recent study, Google was named the “smartest” voice assistant because it answered more than 86% of the questions correctly. (Loup Ventures)