Technology is a beautiful beast. Each year we anticipate pending innovations and future technological releases and each year our expectations are raised by progress. In fact, the technological progress in the last fifteen or so years has been astonishing and something that we often take for granted. Considering how fast we have technologically progressed in recent years, it isn’t too farfetched to suggest that we don’t even really know what gadgets we’ll have in our hands in 2015 – a mere eighteen months away – let alone what we can expect for 2020 and beyond. We can presume however, and with rumours and presumptions all we have to go by, here are the different technologies we can expect to see in the future.
A Home Run By Microsoft
Imagine walking into your home and being greeted by a disembodied voice telling you how your son did in his exams, who has rung the house while you’ve been away and other bits of news from your household. This is precisely what could be the reality within the next few years, if Microsoft’s concept manages to achieve completion.
If you do anything out the ordinary like leave your doors unlocked, or leave the oven or iron on, you will be reminded of your mistake by this fascinating computerized system.
It all works through tiny sensors located throughout the home, detecting everything – literally everything – that pertains to your household. It will even know what you keep hidden in your fridge and suggest a suitable recipe for you while you cook.
It sounds a bit sci-fi like and unrealistic. However, most great technological innovations are sci-fi like and unrealistic, until they hit the market.
The challenges for Microsoft will be completing this project and also ensuring the system can be sold on a mass scale at an affordable price.
Lithium-Air Car Batteries
Power electric and electric-gasoline hybrid vehicles haven’t quite taken off as much as we would’ve expected them to. A big part of the reason behind this is down to the battery – or to be more precise, batteries – of these vehicles.
The batteries that run these vehicles are the same as those used to power laptops, with several of these batteries being used to power such cars. This makes electric cars heavy and incapable of affordably achieving decent mileage on a single charge.
IBM is developing lithium-air car batteries however, that will see an extra 200 miles per charge, to the most advanced electric car of today. A working prototype should be complete by the end of this year, and we hope to see lithium-air batteries in cars by 2020.
TV Dongles Everywhere
TV Dongles have long been out, however for one reason or another they haven’t quite exploded throughout the market. This could possibly be down to poor marketing, with no company being able to successfully dominate by conveying the purpose and excellence of TV dongles to the masses.
Google TV failed miserably it must be said, while other companies such as Visopix, are slowly gaining popularity – the keyword here being slowly.
Within the next few years however, as the concept of TV dongles expands and develops further, there is a good chance that we’ll all have one.
At the moment, TV dongles allow you to watch programs and films on the go, surf the internet on your television and interact via social media on your TV.
John Arch is a free-lance writer from London and a technologies addict.