Into The Future With Technology

In the beginning, waves struck rocks. The rocks crumbled into the sea. The rock fragments were buffeted around the world and transformed into sand. Human hands touched that sand. Skilled hands that processed the sand and extracted its essence. From that essence, digital electronics was born.

Modern technology is evolving at mind-boggling speed. Spurred on by man’s desire to live forever, these breakthroughs are making our lives easier by the minute. So radical is the transformation that the experts are predicting more technological innovation in the next five years than was recorded in the last fifty all together.

Held annually in the U.S. city of Las Vegas, the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for 2010 opened in January. Hang on tight, because we are going to take you on a brief, whirlwind tour of current and future trends in the technologies that are poised to become part and parcel of our lives this year.

Tablet Computers
Mobile computers with touchscreens instead of conventional keyboards are going to come into their own this year. Equipped with new and different operating systems, these tablet computers will not only enable us to surf the Internet cable-free, they will also give us remote control of our home appliances as well as bringing more interactive media features into our lives. What’s more, thanks to their long battery lives, tablet computers will enable us to work for up to ten hours without recharging. The perfect choice for those looking for more than a smart phone.

E-Book Readers
Not to be outdone by tablet computers, electronic book systems are also going to enter our lives over the next twelve months. Thanks to electronic ink technology, e-Books, which afford cable-free online access via networks like 3G, look just like real print. All that’s missing is the smell of the paper. No thicker than a slim magazine, e-Books with their long battery lives are also easily carried in your briefcase or handbag. E-books not only facilitate access to newspapers and other branches of the print and visual media, conventional publishers are also going to offer more content compatible with these new platforms.

The Third Dimension
Film in 2010 is definitely going to follow the trail blazed in 2009 by ‘Avatar’ as the third dimension enters our lives through LCD, LED and plasma TV. As conventional television channels start broadcasting more 3-D content, game consoles are going to bring 3-D into our living rooms as well. Likewise, more and more televisions are going to have the capacity to connect to the Internet with broadcasting of 3-D interactive content. Not only that but our cameras and video cameras will be able to record 3-D images as well.

Mobile Life
Mobile life is going to move beyond the cell phone to new products such as high-resolution (Full HD) mini-digital cameras and portable projectors that can connect to the Internet. Devices that combine one or more of these technologies at once are going to be able to communicate with other devices like the computers, televisions and digital media players that we use at home without any need for a cable. And data sharing is going to make control and programming of digital entities much easier. Already high on the agenda, 4G is being talked about to boot.

Green Technology
Whatever the device we use, it’s going to be far more environment friendly. Electronic devices as a whole are going to cause far less environmental damage, starting from the production phase right up through post-disposal. User manuals will be available in the electronic medium and packaging boxes produced from recyclable materials. In addition, electronic products will routinely use hydrogen fuel cells. Instead of plugging in an adaptor to recharge a conventional battery, we will carry the fuel cells of these hydrogen-based energy systems directly on our persons.

Augmented Reality
Last but not least, the way we view Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality is going to change too. Game consoles are going to be controlled by our movements alone, no electronic control device required. Meanwhile computers with a small camera-cum-projector will enable us to use our walls and tables, even our bodies, as a touchscreen. We will be able to take photographs using only our hands, and dial telephone numbers by touching an image projected on the palm of our hand. What’s more, on the giant screen in our living room we will be able to feed and pat a virtual pet that does not even exist in reality.

As the years pass at the speed of falling dominoes, the day is not far off when we will perhaps enjoy the pleasure of catching a fish in a lake or watering the flowers in a lush garden as we soar through the sky in an airplane. Who knows?