Technology has come a long way even in the last decade. Within just a few years we’ve evolved our products to the point of being able to do a lot more than we used to. With some of these inventions come a few inconveniences, but still, we’ve come a long way. This article, however, aims to discuss some possible technologies that I hope to see exist very soon, but that haven’t quite found their way yet. I’m not talking about time travel or teleportation (because on a personal level I’m not sure I believe those things could ever exist as they do in science fiction), but rather some more obvious, feasible devices and services that could make technology more convenient than ever. Here are a few of those things.
This sounded kind of ridiculous when I heard about it nearly a year ago. I read online that it was actually possible to power objects without batteries or wires, but I didn’t see how (not that I’m very technosavvy, because I’m not). But apparently this technology really isn’t so far away and could be commercially available a lot sooner than you would think. And imagine the possibilities – not having to constantly worry about your phone losing power as long as you’re nearby an outlet, or not having a huge mess of wires behind your TV and cable boxes that get tangled up. I imagine there’s a lot of work that would need to be done before this could become a reality (let’s face it, even wireless internet is not perfect yet, and if a device were to be powered solely on wireless electricity it would need to be very reliable). But still, it could be coming soon.
Among the coolest inventions we have today is the GPS. Most people I know who drive rely on them to get nearly everywhere, but despite how cool this technology is there are quite a few flaws with it. For one thing, GPS’s are far from perfect in their navigation (except very, very expensive high-end models), and the animated movement they show is good, but usually only frame by frame or slow. However, I can imagine that in the future this will no longer be an issue. What if satellites, rather than merely broadcasting your position, actually streamed a live video feed to your GPS? I can imagine this technology is pretty far away just because of the monumental costs of streaming live video of selective locations to anywhere in the world, but if it could become more feasible, the possibilities would be fantastic. One could zoom ahead on a road to see if there’s a traffic jam and navigate their way around it rather than rely on the GPS to take them around it, and even something like city driving (which many people I know, including myself, find terrifying) could be made easier by the fact that you could see a streaming video of all the cars around you and what they’re doing.
Wireless internet is fantastic, but it can really be hit or miss. There are plenty of different service providers but some constantly have service outages or inconveniences regarding where to receive the best signal. So what if we didn’t have to deal with that anymore? Now we already have wi-fi networks that can spread across college campuses and even across cities. So how far are we from having wi-fi spread across the entire country? There are already talks of individual cities having such networks and offering them to their citizens at very affordable prices, but I think having a reliable countrywide wi-fi network (or even worldwide, but let’s not go crazy just yet) would be the next step up.
The Computer-Television Hybrid
This kind of thing already exists, but not in its optimum form. It’s easy to see that TV and computer have started to move closer and closer together in the things they can accomplish. People can now watch TV or movies on their computers, and often access the internet through their televisions (though in most cases that’s done through other devices like video game consoles). There are even some televisions on the market that specifically allow for internet access in addition to normal viewing. Still, I predict that very soon the television and the computer will no longer be different things. They are capable of having all the same features, and though televisions have much more reliable cable signals, in the future that gap might be bridged. I think this is a very possible convenience to emerge at some point.
I know these devices and services aren’t exactly science fiction movies come to life, but they would definitely make current technology way more convenient than it already is, and eliminate some of the hassle associated with it. I don’t expect to see massive technological advances such as time travel, light speed or teleportation anytime soon, but the aforementioned products in this article are things I do not believe are too that far off.