Inclusive products that accommodate different abilities and body types will take center stage.
Appearance will always be important for product design, but what will truly differentiate products in the years to come is user interface. Products conceived with meaningful consideration for dexterity, body fit, and ADA compliance can significantly enhance workplace inclusivity.
Touchless workstations, advanced display panels, and other tech-enhanced products will help write the next chapter for equity in the workplace.
Concepts that used to reside only in science fiction are now real tools unlocking equal access where it once was impossible. Product design strategies supporting fundamental accessibility needs will lead to greater equity for all workers across hybrid environments.
Demand will continue to skyrocket for “circular” products that can be reused, repaired, and recycled.
In the past, most product life cycles led directly to the landfill. Now, closer materials scrutiny and lingering supply chain issues will drive markets to embrace products that are made with locally sourced ingredients with high percentages of recycled or plant-based content.
Cutting-edge products will make senior living and memory care safer.
There are important cases in which technology can enhance our connection with the physical world rather than impede it. For residential spaces, products are emerging with communicative systems for spatial awareness, a feature that could help individuals with memory loss feel more grounded, safe, and comfortable.