It’s been less than two decades since the PC brought computers to the homes of most general users. Today, billions of people all over the world are moving with an internet-connected, feature-packed, app-laced device in their pockets – a device more powerful than the PCs of yesteryear.
And, it is not just about smartphones & tablets and high-processing speeds & Internet accessibility. All kinds of wearable devices are flooding the market, home appliances are getting connected as the concept of Internet of Things gives birth to a new reality, and there’s nothing but human laws & regulations standing in the way of self-driving cars.
In fact, there’s a lot that is technologically possible, but is just waiting for the right time and the right conditions. At Cygnet, we are tech-loving bunch, and the very nature of the work we do pushes us to play with the latest software and hardware. We talked to our techies, BAs, QAs and Sales Managers to find out what gadgets and emerging technologies are most likely to be a part of real life in the next few years. Here’s what we got:
1. Delivery Drones
Both Amazon and Google have been testing delivery drones. Amazon plans to deliver packages within 30 minutes of purchase, and for this they plan to deploy a veritable army of self-flying machines. The mind-bogglingly complex technology behind the idea is already close to perfect, and Amazon is simply awaiting permission from the FAA. That may take time: after all, there is the problem of drones flying over restricted air spaces and private property. But the technology is there, and big players like Amazon and Google are in the game; so, we can expect quick drone deliveries in near future.
2. Virtual Reality
Devices like Oculus Rift are already offering ways of using virtual reality or simulated reality for playing games, learning, interacting and more. The potential of the technology is limitless, and we have only scratched the surface. Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, the company that brought Oculus Rift for $2 billion, said, “Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face—just by putting on goggles in your home.” How real is virtual reality? Just check out this video:
3. Paper-thin OLED Displays
From large monitors running on the cathode ray tube technology, to thinner ones running on plasma, LCD, LED and OLEDs, we have come a long way. The thinness and lightness of the screen is one of the biggest selling point for today’s smartphones, tablets, monitors and other display screens. Touch technology has come to PC and laptop monitors too, and it’s only going to get better. So, we can be sure that 5 years down the line, we can expect most screens to be smaller. What does the future have in store? Well, something like this:
4. Wristbands that Project Smartphone Interface on your Arm
Smartwatches are already available: Pebble, LG, Apple, Moto, and other already have one on the market, or are in the process of launching one. But a watch can only be so big. But what if you can wear your smartphone on your wrist? Circet wristband (which looks rather unassuming, at least in the promo videos) is a really smart device has a pico projector that projects your smartphone interface on your wrist. You can interact with the projection using your fingers: proximity sensors detect the finger movements. Check out the video, it’s pretty cool:
5. Cars that Drive Themselves
Google modified a Toyota Prius and made it a self-driving car. The car drove 300,000 miles autonomously without any accident. Using a 64-beam laser the car generates a 3D map of its surroundings. At the same time, it combines this data with Google Maps to product data models that allow it to drive itself. So, there’s no doubt that the technology for a self-driving car is here.
Google has also installed the system into other car models: Audi TT and Lexus RX450x, and it works flawlessly. But the car won’t get on roads until laws are passed to allow automated cars. A recent report by Business Insider says that there will be 200,000 autonomous cars on the roads by 2020, while they will dominate the roads in 2025. Worried about driverless cars plying the roads? Well, you can retain more control and get a car with an autopilot mode! Check out Tesla Model S P85D on auto-pilot:
These are just a few of our favorite emerging technologies. What are yours? Please share your thoughts and ideas with us in the comments!