For my five future trend concepts, I will be choosing wearable technology, holograms, the development of bendable smartphones, virtual keyboards on any surface, and mind controlled computers.
With wearable technology, devices like google glass and smart watched are on the rise. Google Glass is basically a glasses based HUD that is tethered to an android phone and notifies users of text messages, social networking notifications, gives navigation directions, and can take pictures or videos. With some of these applications, they can be vocally called out by saying “OK Glass” followed by the command.
While holograms aren’t a new technology, their application is finding new ground, with uses like putting on concerts, as shown with the Tupac Shakur hologram concerts , or HP Lab’s (still in development) 3D displays that can be viewed from multiple angles without glasses. While that technology is still in infancy and nowhere near whats seen in Star Wars, it is still a bold step with much potential.
Bendable smartphones is a really interesting concept. A phone that can flex, conform, be angled, etc. In early 2013, Samsung unveiled the prototype for a bendable, thin plastic display which uses OLEDS and a thin sheet of chemicals to display images over the plastic (which is used instead of glass). LG is also working on working on a bendable smartphone that they plan to launch as soon as next month.
Keyboards can really get in the way of things sometimes! I know that if I’m trying to take notes or something, I always end up moving my keyboard so I have some more arm and paper space. It’s annoying! There is a company called Cellulon, which has decided to take matters into their own hands and create a projector with sensors that projects a keyboard that one can actually type on! I personally think that in the future this will catch on and the technology will be integrated into computers to cut costs, decrease box space, be more environmentally friendly, and look cool.
Mind control is a still developing technology. No, we can’t bean thoughts to other people yet, but we can be hooked up to machine that read our brainwaves and use them to accomplish a set function. There is one company, Intendix, who has developed a working, albeit slow and bulky, mind controlled keyboard application. There is another company called Interaxon, which has developed a simple, lightweight headset called Muse. Muse is a lightweight EEG reader that, through Bluetooth, connects to a wearer’s smartphone and can be used as the point of interaction for apps designed for it’s use.