Now that we're done opening up Christmas presents, we are one step closer to the greatest new revolution in technology mankind has ever experienced. Although we never truly know for sure what new technology the future will bring us, we've got a pretty good idea for what new things are in store for us next year. 2015 may not be the year man and machine become one but there will certainly be plenty of new technology and gadgets for us to play with.
Windows 9 : Codename "Threshold"
Windows 8 still has not managed to make itself popular to the masses. Most XP enthusiasts like myself have happily moved on to and stuck with Windows 7. I can't speak for everybody, but Windows 8 just feels like they are trying to cram too much down our throats at once.
While there isn't much information on Windows 9 yet, the chatter seems to indicate a meld of the old and the new, much like Windows 7 did. We can expect our beloved start menus and desktop windows somehow integrated with the Windows 8 touch/tile system.
The best rumor so far?
Windows 9 might be free.
Genome Sequencing Goes Mainstream in 2015
The first fully sequenced genome started in the year 2000 at the cost of $3 billion. Yes, that is three billion dollars for one genome sequencing. Just a few months ago, the first $1,000 sequencing test was announced. While this test is not available to any Joe Blow that strolls in, many expect genome sequencing to be released to the public in 2015.
It will still be a long time before society can fully reap the benefits of genome sequencing, but the immediate benefits are undeniable. A simple test that can tell you about the existence of, or your susceptibility to certain diseases would be priceless.
By being able to identify your "danger zone" (The diseases you are most likely to end up with) you can learn exactly how to alter your lifestyle, or get on the proper medications early to avoid those problems in the first place. Think of it as having a psychic doctor.
Google Project Ara
What started off as nothing but an idea concept video gone viral, Google quickly recognized the consumer demand for a modular smartphone and made that a priority project. Slated for release in early 2015, get ready for the world's first fully customizable smartphone!
The idea behind this phone is to solve several current problems:
- Varying consumer needs
Like it or not, your phone is probably obsolete the moment you swipe your card. They are getting faster and more powerful every day. And just like with PC software, developers are constantly designing their programs for the latest and greatest, which means your phone will seem to get more sluggish over time. I call this the "Mozzy Effect". Your phone is not necessarily getting slower, especially if you take care to clear your cache and delete unwanted files/apps, it is simply failing to keep up with the increasing demands/updates of the software it contains.
With a modular phone however, you will be able to upgrade your phone just like you do a PC (But way easier). Need a faster processor? Pop the old one off and the new one on. Good as new! Battery not lasting long enough? Replace it with a bigger one. Cracked your screen? No problem, you've been wanting to replace that old scratched up screen anyway.
This also naturally solves the issue with consumer waste. Many people toss their old, broken down phones after upgrading...especially if they've damaged the screen beyond repair. Not only is this bad for the environment, but there are plenty of good parts on that phone! Simply replacing the screen after breaking is not only cheap and convenient for you, but it is eco friendly as well.
Perhaps most importantly, is the individual. No two people are alike, which is why we have about 1,257 smartphones currently on the market. Even that produces limited variety, however. Maybe you're a socialite, known for posting at least 25 selfies a day on Facebook. But you sell real estate for a living and drain your phone constantly throughout your day. No problem. You can have a high quality lens snapped onto your phone for those all important selfies, only to take it off and make room for a larger battery while you're working.
Thousands of possibilities.
I’ve built a love/hate relationship with Google over the years. I remember the day when “Google” was nothing but a single page with a logo and a text box. Now we’ve got Google putting their stamp all over new technology with Gmail, a social network, Android phones, Android tablets, and even Android TV's. What is the logical next step? Google smart goggles of course. Tell me you didn’t see that one coming. (Ok, I didn’t.)
Google’s next piece of new technology is going to put a little screen right in front of your eyes as you walk around going about your life. This screen will present to you an augmented reality overlay as you view the world around you. The Google Glass is reported to have built in 4G with GPS technology, a camera, and a Bluetooth connection to Android based phones.
Smart Skin Phones
Samsung has filed a patent for a new technology called smart device-skin which will supposedly be able to take any digital image, and display that image across the skin of the device. The patent describes a layer of film that wraps the phone, covering the entire phone except the sockets, the camera, and the screen. Little else is known about this new technology (other than it’s awesome), but it is described as a possible feature for an upcoming phone. The technology may also be available as an accessory to fit onto most other devices. While little information on this new technology has been released to the public (including a release date), we do know of another upcoming piece of Samsung technology that just might be the aforementioned phone….
Us techno-geeks love giving new devices complicated, high-tech names. This provides an aura of mystery and excitement. Our next highly anticipated device is known as…
What Comes Next?
- Technology for 2020 and Beyond
Technology is improving at unimaginable rates, and as a result many inventions once thought to be science fiction are nearing reality. Technology of the future is almost here.
- Television of the Future
The future of television screen technology is bright, soon we will be streaming everything to our invisible screens throughout the house.
Bendy Screen Smartphone
Yes, the bendy screen smartphone. For those of you who are technologically illiterate, a bendy screen smartphone is a new technology touting a screen that we can bend! Yep. Who doesn’t want to bend and twist their phone into silly shapes sometimes? It's the best way to let out your anger, other than just throwing the thing against a wall.
Using Samsung’s OLED display technology, we can be expecting a new phone model that will allow us to bend it, roll it up, and hit it with a hammer. (YES!) We already have the specs for this new piece of technological genius as well. The phone debuted as the “Galaxy Skin” (wait..did that say…skin?) features a high-res 800×480 AMOLED screen, 8mp camera and 1Gb of RAM as well as a 1.2GHz processor.
Don’t be surprised to see this new technology implemented into bendy screen tablets released shortly after.
What Are You Excited for in 2015?
pinappu from India on August 27, 2012:
Great article man. I love to hear about future technologies.
Muhammad Umer from Karachi Pakistan on August 08, 2012:
i am really excited for future technology. i wait for this technology.
Subhas from New Delhi, India on April 13, 2012:
I am not a techno savvy but going through your article made me realize how badly I am lagging behind and would like to keep pace with the changing tunes of times. Thanks for all the update.