Technology is improving every day. If earlier the Internet was tied to wires, now, thanks to LTE technology, you can get fast access to the World Wide Web everywhere.
Thanks to Google's developments, cars will soon learn to drive themselves. Household appliances with might and main "make friends" with communicators on Android. Although the artificial element has not yet been created, there are technologies that are as close as possible to it, and gadgets that implement this.
Microsoft Kinect. Thanks to this device, computer games have become completely different. Microsoft released a device that blew up the gaming market in 2010-2011. Now some kind of controller for games is no longer needed. Kinect supports player commands based on movement and voice. So, to jump on the screen, you have to jump in reality. To hit the ball with the racket, you must wave your hand. With this technology, the immersion in the game will be much more complete. But Kinect is just the beginning. Soon, humans will be able to immerse themselves in fully interactive game worlds.
Flexible displays. More recently, such screens seemed to be something that descended from the pages of a science fiction novel. However, flexible displays are a reality today. Samsung has announced that from 2012 such an innovation will appear in its products. Do not pay attention to skeptics who dismiss flexible screens and consider them hopeless. At one time, people also did not believe in touch screens. But the new technology will provide interesting opportunities. Just imagine - you can take your large tablet out of your bag and spread it out like a tablecloth, or you can carry your smartphone in a rolled-up tube in your pocket.
Voice recognition technology. Telephones have long learned to carry out voice dialing. But Apple recently showed off its revolutionary Siri technology. It cannot yet be called artificial intelligence, but it has come pretty close to it. With their smartphones, people may be interested in the weather, the way to the desired place, and a smart device will answer your questions. Siri is just the beginning of a new way of working with technology. Computers are already beginning to learn and improve their dialogue with humans. Most likely in the near future we will be able to control all household and personal appliances by voice.
Cloud computing. Today, people are increasingly storing their information not on their computers, but on the Internet. The term "cloud" has already firmly entered the lexicon of modern man. It means the ability to store information, music, movies in some kind of remote server. The person does not even know where exactly he is. Maybe in Europe, in America, and maybe across the road. The access to information is carried out using the Internet. With the growth of its speed and the reduction in the size of devices for accessing the network, as well as storage devices, it is the storage of content in the cloud that is the best measure for its safety and centralization. In addition, this measure allows you to save the memory of your computer, phone or tablet. For example, you can put a library of your favorite books or a gallery of photos in some kind of cloud, and then access your data from anywhere in the world.
Data centers and their heating of residential buildings. As the volume of computer clouds grows, the companies serving them are building more and more data centers. They consume a huge amount of electricity in the course of their work. People came up with the idea that the heat generated by this can be effectively used by heating them at home. Previously, it was believed that data centers are not entirely environmentally friendly. However, such a measure will reduce the negative effect of them and at the same time bring benefits.
Face recognition technology. Marketing is directly interested in such technologies. When Facebook announced in 2011 that it would start using facial recognition on uploaded photos, it scared many. Even smart phones now recognize faces. This feature is included in the latest version of the Android operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich. It allows you to unlock the phone when the owner is looking at it. It's just that it's easy to deceive the device - just show it a photo of its owner. But this is just the beginning. Experts predict that face recognition will soon be implemented everywhere. Even bars will not hide from the computer gaze. Scene Tap recently installed cameras in similar drinking establishments that analyze visitors. The computer calculates how young or old the clients are, how many women are among them. Anyone can open a special application and find out what kind of audience gathered in the bar. The information received will help a person decide whether to go there. For now, don't worry about privacy. But facial recognition can have a beneficial effect on marketing. After all, the billboard will be able to respond personally to each person passing by, offering him what is more suitable for his gender and age. This technology already exists and there is no reason to believe that it will stop spreading.
Google and driverless cars. Google is one of those who strive to make our lives better. She was both laughed at and praised for trying to create an autonomous machine. True, the success of the project came into question after the accident of one of the company's prototypes. However, in the super-secret laboratory of Google, geniuses are still working on this creation. Rumor has it even that innovative cars will be produced by the Internet company itself. When these cars are brought to mind, people will immediately feel a bunch of benefits from such a car. The problem of a drunk driver at the wheel will disappear, people will no longer make mistakes due to fatigue, and simple mistakes in driving will disappear. It will be much safer on the roads.
Nest is an advanced thermostat. It would seem that what could be innovative in a new thermostat. Meanwhile, around the creation named Nest, there was a serious stir. The device turned out to be unusually smart, it knows how to regulate the temperature in the house based on the owner's habits. Nest knows when no one is home, he takes into account when a person is sleeping. And its design is just great. This device is one of the first steps towards smart home appliances. They will be able to save electricity, and hence money.
Online home. Google is also working in the direction of smart home. She recently announced that she wants to create an Android @ Home system. It will allow the user to control all of his home appliances, light switches and other electrical accessories using his smartphone. So far, Google itself has not disclosed the details of its project, but this idea sounds extremely interesting. In a remote mode, it will be possible to turn on and off the light at home, put the apartment on the alarm. The problem of the not turned off electrical appliance will be solved once and for all, because it can be easily done from another place. This kind of development will undoubtedly make life easier.
Fast Internet. Google decided to test the high speed Internet in Kansas City. The new service is called Gigabit Internet. Most people use leased lines to access the Internet at 100 times less speed! Although such a gigabit Internet is possible in other countries, the United States is in no hurry to spread such a standard. And Kansas City has become a testing ground for the technology of the new Internet, which will undoubtedly soon come to all major cities.
LTE technology. There is no doubt that this technology is the future. After all, it is capable of providing access to the Internet anywhere. The term LTE (Long Term Evolution) itself means long-term evolution. This wireless technology gives you the same Internet speed as you would normally with wires or over Wi-Fi at home. Today, the largest operators are striving to increase their LTE coverage. How soon this technology will come specifically to our home is only a matter of time. Soon we will smile at how, in search of the Internet, we had to go to special cafes. LTE chips are already being built into tablets and phones. So soon anyone will be able to experience all the delights of access to the World Wide Web, even when they are far out of town.
Kogeto Dot. Movies are becoming more and more interesting to watch. And new technologies are allowing people to make 360-degree home movies. A camera called Kogeto Dot can be installed on an iPhone 4 or 4S. It will turn the telephone into a panoramic video camera. After shooting a clip, you can open it in a special player program. It allows you to scroll through the picture, observing what is happening from different angles. As a result, the same video can be viewed in different ways. Such a device offers many possibilities. After all, it can also be used as a video surveillance camera, it can shoot video clips, art projects, it can be useful in considering judicial issues. And how will the outlook on sports events change! Now everything around us will get into the lens and will not go unnoticed.
TV sets with Internet access. This technology is no longer even of the future, but of the very present. Quite a lot of smart media players are produced that provide the ability to use TVs to access the Internet - Boxee, Apple TV, Roku, Logitech Revue. And the manufacturers themselves are already mass-producing TVs with a built-in browser, YouTube player and other utilities for working with the Network. Using them, you can work with streaming video services, which already exist quite a few. In addition to the mentioned YouTube, these are Netfix, Vudu, Hulu, Amazon Instant and others. These smart TVs bring us closer to the point where we can see what we want and when using the Internet. Why download a movie if you can find it online and watch it right there? The same gigabit Internet will help in this.
3D screens. Most 3D displays today require special glasses to view. Moreover, each manufacturer adheres to its own standard. But there is already a technology for viewing a three-dimensional image on a display without glasses. True, it is so expensive that it simply scares off manufacturers. But in mobile devices, three-dimensional screens are already in full use. Suffice it to recall the HTC EVO 3D and LG Optimus 3D smartphones, and do not forget about the 3DS gaming system from Nintendo. Only now the head is spinning from the three-dimensional effects from habit, and they are still far from ideal. Today, 3D entertainment has become extremely fashionable. You just have to look at how many films come out in this format. However, many people find it annoying to use glasses to work with such content. While 3D is still far from ideal today, there is no doubt that this technology is the future.
Solid state drives. Modern computers are already pretty fast. However, owners of a MacBook Air or an expensive Ultrabook may find that their machines are much faster than others. The fact is that they do not use a regular hard drive, but a solid state drive, which has no moving parts at all. SSD technology is related to flash memory, but it can transfer data much faster than conventional drives with rotating surfaces, even at high speeds. Although SSDs are gradually getting cheaper, they are extremely slow. Ordinary users will be able to afford 64-128-256 gigabytes of disks, and large volumes will cost quite exorbitant money. Usually, an SSD drive is used for the system to work, because they do not place your media library with films and photos. Another disadvantage of SSDs is the number of failures. They break much more often than old HDDs. However, there is no doubt that as prices drop and technology improves, hard drives will make their way into today's computers to faster drives.