Technology is constantly evolving and changing. Every year, new technologies are released and more technologies are on the horizon. For example, the smartwatch. It was just a prototype two years ago. By 2014, there will be at most four high-quality smartwatches. Let’s look at some other technologies that will soon be mainstream.
This is just the beginning. We have already seen it with Google Glass. Google Glass, despite all the controversy and press it has received, is still a young product. All pairs currently available are beta test units. Google will soon release a consumer-level version at a lower price in the next few years. There will likely be other smart glasses available alongside Google Glass. It will not be for everyone, but there will be those who do not like it initially. However, eventually, all the kinks will be worked through and this will be a thing.
While automation is gaining more traction, there are still things that we need to do manually. You can add someone to your contact list via your phone or email. These types of things are likely to end soon. RelateIQ, a company, is already working to automate your relationship management by creating a contact list automatically using information such as your email inbox, your messages, and other data. You will eventually reach a point when you only need to ask someone for their name in order to create a contact profile instantly without any effort on your part.
So Nerdy is already seeing it with the smartwatches and Google Glass, but it will get even more insane. Smart glasses and smartwatches can be used as social devices to connect with the outside world. Other wearable electronics are in development that can connect you to your body. Earbuds that monitor heart rate, contact lenses with blood sugar monitoring, temporary tattoos that unlock doors using NFC technology, and many other cool things are all in the works. When this technology is available for consumers, you will soon be able to get implants that track your vitals in real-time so you know if you have a heart attack. It will save lives.
This is another thing that is on the verge of becoming a reality. Smart appliances, such as refrigerators and ovens, can already be controlled with smartphones. These things will soon be integrated into a home unit you can control from your tablet, smartphone, or computer. You can change the temperature, adjust the TV channel, or get notifications when your laundry is done. All this without ever leaving your sofa. It’s possible to heat up the oven before you go to work so that it is ready for you when you return home. You won’t have to wait long before your home starts talking to you. It’s only a matter now of making it work in a way that is accessible to consumers.
Game nerds, get ready. The Oculus Rift is a VR headset that can play video games. Many gamers already know about it. Facebook recently purchased it and is currently working to make it a social device. Samsung is also working on its own. You will eventually be able to buy these headsets and take them with you anywhere. It’s almost here.
These displays sound exactly like they are. These displays display information without the use of a screen. This technology has obviously come to a long distance in the past two years and is expected to continue making great strides in future years. Holograms are no longer science fiction. Contact lenses may be able to shoot images directly into your eyes. This will not only be a breakthrough in entertainment media, but it will also allow people with impaired vision to be able to enjoy the benefits of contact lenses without needing laser eye surgery.
Interfaces between brain and computer
They are actually available to a certain degree. They have been used by quadriplegics for years to communicate with a computer. Although the technology isn’t quite as advanced as it should be, it’s on its way. This means that you may not need a keyboard or mouse in the near future. It’s easy to think and see the results on the screen. This is great news for those with disabilities, for those who want to be productive, and for gamers.
Services that are universally available
Although it may sound complicated, this is not true because there are many services like these. Uber is a service you may have heard of. Uber is a taxi service you can use anywhere Uber has drivers. It is currently available in the U.S., Europe, and more locations are being planned. Uber’s ability to provide a universal service is what makes it unique. Uber will soon be able to connect you with a driver from anywhere in the world. These services, which transcend borders and continents using the internet magic, will continue to rise. You can use the same service no matter where you live or what language you speak. I’m sure that Uber will soon be a more popular service, but for other purposes than transportation.
Digital downloads can kill physical objects
We are no longer required to own physical copies of video games. Steam and Origins, two of the most popular computer gaming platforms, have begun to distribute video games digitally. It’s certain that all video games, and media for that matter, will be distributed digitally due to the falling prices of flash storage (like smartphones). This means that there will be no CDs, games discs, DVDs, or Blue-Ray anymore. All files will be available for download to your TV, phone, or MP3 player. Movies are on the way and music has done it already. It will soon be all. Although it’s difficult to believe, streamlined media and game downloads are only a few years old and still have a lot of work to do.
Robots will be everywhere
Robotics has made great strides in the past ten years, and even more, will be made over the next decade. Although we aren’t talking about fully intelligent robots, there is no denying that they can be stable and reliable enough for them to begin working. It will likely begin with assembly lines, and then move on to other aspects of manual labor that are not desired by humans. Robots that perform surgery on people while being controlled by both a doctor or a technician are something we’re talking about. Demos of robots putting paper in trash cans and pouring coffee can be found. These prototypes can be used to create the final products.
One thing is certain for all people right now. We will be the last living creature to consider fossil fuels the only energy source on the planet. In the next few decades, great strides will be made in both solar and wind energy. People are looking into alternative fuel sources, from wheat to alga. Although our dependence on oil is strong, it is beginning to slip. Expect a lot of oil company executives complaining about electric cars and solar panels on homes in the next ten years.
This dock is already in use. People with certain smartphones, generally newer models, can charge their phones using the Qi Wireless charging dock. Wireless energy transfer has many applications, so this is huge. Electric cars will soon be more popular. You can park your car on top of a charging station and it will charge. You might even be able to drive on solar-powered roads, which will charge your car while you drive. Wireless cell phone charging is only one of many possibilities.
5.G mobile data
Yes, 4G is now under control in the United States. Many other countries around the globe are still using 3G. Technology does not stop because we are behind in our infrastructure. While 5G is still in its research phase, the term has been used more often. It only took 10 years to get from 3G to 4. It shouldn’t take more time to go from 4G to 5.
It’s possible, but you haven’t seen it in action. It may exist, the answer is yes. You’ve probably seen the IBM robot that taught everyone Jeopardy. This is an example of the progress in artificial intelligence. Although there is still much to learn, we are making progress thanks to contextual technology (Siri and Google Now, Cortana), which allows us to create software that can react and predict like a human being. It won’t take long before all of this is integrated to create a robot capable of thinking.
In 2004, the first sheet made of graphene was created. Since then, scientists have tried to find a way to mass-produce it. Why? It’s going make everything more beautiful. It could make it easier to access the internet. It is 100 times stronger than steel, so it will be great for building any kind of thing. It could be used to filter water and clean the oceans of toxic waste. It could also be used to insulate smartphones. It would render batteries obsolete. We won’t list every possible use graphene has, but we will. We’ll soon be able to mass-produce it. Get ready for the second industrial revolution, where everything is made of graphene. Everything. I’m not kidding.
This stuff wasn’t science fiction long ago. It still feels like something you read in an HG Wells novel or watched on Star Trek. Although it is almost scary to think about how far we have come, we are almost there. In a few decades, we will be able to marvel at how far we have come.