Having barely learned to live in the world of computers, humanity immediately moved to the world of smartphones, and from it – to virtual reality, drones, and 3D printing. In this article, we talk about the technologies of the future (15 future technologies that will change lives), which are no longer fashionable chips and make life easier, helping in medicine, education, business, and other industries. (future technologies)
1. Augmented reality
These innovations work more for fun so far. For example, masks on Instagram or glasses like Google Glass.
But there are other areas where AR development will find itself. Thus, wayray projects helps drivers in poor visibility conditions: it illuminates pedestrians, shows road signs and obstacles.
In close connection with AR, MR is developing – mixed reality, where you can interact with virtual objects. The most striking example is Microsoft Hollow Lens glasses. At first they were made for games, but now they are used in medical education, tourism and even for fashion shows.
2. Virtual reality
Unlike AR, VR does not complement reality but simulates it completely. Besides VR helmets, there are pilot training simulators, game stations, conference solutions, relaxation apps, museums, and galleries.
Virtual reality has a lot of potential. With the help of VR-helmets, Leroy Merlin trains sales managers to properly conduct a conversation with a client.
Virtual exercises stimulate the nervous system, and the brain trains to send commands to the muscles to move.
3. Unmanned vehicles
According to The Boston Consulting Group, the use of self-driving cars will reduce the city’s car fleet by 60%, which will reduce the number of accidents by 90% and the volume of exhaust gases by 80%.
They make security and telematics equipment that can be implemented in any car.
But unmanned vehicles are not only cars, but also public transport. Autonomous trains run in Dubai, Singapore, Vancouver, Paris, Tokyo.
4. Internet of Things
This is the interconnection of different devices that work with each other without human intervention, forming a single system. The technology is more often used in industry, where not only individual conveyors are automated, but also entire factories.
The Internet of Things provides opportunities for many industries: logistics, restaurants, agriculture, energy. Here systems and sensors will analyze the current demand for goods or services and automatically adjust to it.
There is a lot of room for everyday life: monitoring the consumption of water, electricity, heating, combining smart houses into smart areas.
StarLink is not yet a technology, but the idea of high-speed Internet via space satellites around the earth from SpaceX. It will help to give Internet access to hard-to-reach regions without wires and radio communication towers.
Contrary to rumors, StarLink will not be a free service. But its coverage will allow you to occupy niches with low competition and use the Internet high in the mountains or in a distant forest at the same speeds as in the city.
Exoskeletons are made for the military, medical and labor sectors. They help to lift loads several times heavier than a person, overcome difficult terrain, recover from injuries, and work longer in a sitting or standing position.
Neuronet is a technology that will change the world. Its purpose is to connect the human brain to the Internet to transfer data. The development of this idea opens up opportunities for global networks, where you can instantly exchange information and summarize efforts, choosing the best solution.
There is no universal interface where people can unite into a “common brain” yet.
8. 3D printing of organs and body parts
3D printers print small items, car parts and even entire houses. But the future of 3D technology lies in the creation of artificial biological tissues. Now they are already printing 3D implants for the restoration of the skull and bones, human skin directly on the patient, noses, ears and eye prostheses.
9. Eternal hard drive
Cloud storage needs updates and regular backups. The “eternal hard disk” developed at the Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology can reduce the cost of maintaining such systems. It is made of quartz glass, a material that is resistant to fire, water, and radiation. Such a disk can store information for one hundred thousand years.
10. Smart glasses
This is one of the most practical directions in the wearable gadget industry. Microsoft’s Grabella glasses measure a wearer’s blood pressure, and Emteq recognizes neurological disorders by changes in voice and facial expressions.
And Vuzix allows you to look at the world through the eyes of another person, which is useful for sedentary patients or doctors during remote consultation.
11. Wireless transmission of energy
Contactless transmission of electricity has been studied since the end of the 19th century. Now it is used to charge the batteries of smartphones, cars, drones. The University of Washington even figured out that it was possible to transmit electricity over Wi-Fi and developed a prototype phone without a battery.
Long-range wireless electricity is not a revolutionary technology. But in the future, it will help to eliminate the cost of maintaining wire networks and provide electricity to remote parts of the planet.
Robots are already helping people in the industry, medicine, and everyday life. They carry and stack loads, perform surgeries, and can replace a nurse for the elderly or children. The simplest examples are a robot vacuum cleaner and a robotic lawnmower.
Particularly popular robots are , which can dance, do somersaults and easily overcome various obstacles.
13. Unbreakable quantum internet
According to consulting company Gartner, businesses will spend 28% of their IT budget on cloud solutions by 2022. Document flow, archives, contracts – everything will be taken out into the clouds. Encryption technologies ensure that this data is highly secure, but quantum computing can take it to another level.
Unbreakable quantum Internet is studied in the Netherlands, at the Delft University of Technology. Similar developments were underway in China, and the first network based entirely on quantum entanglement has already been tested in the Netherlands.
Hyperloop is a vacuum train from Elon Musk that accelerates to 450 km / h. It is seen as the transport of the future, which can compete with an airplane in speed. The company is building small tunnels in the USA, UAE, France and China.
15. Smart city following smart home
The Smart City concept will unite all information units into a common system. These are transport facilities, social institutions, cultural sites, residential buildings (not necessarily “smart”), communication networks, law enforcement agencies, and social services.
Fast communication will help you to instantly respond to the situation: to replenish the demand for services, promptly provide assistance, control traffic congestion, prevent crimes, dispose of waste, etc.