Computers are amazing. We get it! But, computers are nothing without the internet, and just like the wheel, it was bound to happen someday. So, what makes a piece of technology amazing or miraculous even? Well, for starters, it has to give us near superhuman abilities or at least show unbelievable promise. By that standard, the internet and computers count, but so do these.
VR is all the buzz these days, which is primarily due to the launch of the Oculus Rift goggles. While the cool goggles come with a reasonable price tag of around $600, it really doesn’t do much without a powerful PC, the kind that only hardcore gamers possess. So, you can take the initial cost of the VR goggle and add a thousand dollars more to get the complete picture in the end. But does that mean the use of VR tech will fade? The answer is most likely, no. That’s because in a few years, while its capabilities are improved, the price of the hardware will most likely come down. Next gen iterations of the VR goggles are probably going to be a lot smaller and lighter, making them less obtrusive to use. And as the nature of virtual reality evolves, expect to see more visual experiences other than gaming. As its appeal broadens, we could also expect to see dedicated Virtual Reality theatres to support the medium. From where we’re standing now, the outlook looks pretty darn good for VR.
We hear a lot about how 3D printing is revolutionizing manufacturing processes. But, does that mean you will have a 3D printer sitting in your garage ready to create spare parts for your car or make you a pizza? The answer is probably not. But, that doesn’t mean it will not be used more frequently in the future. In fact, 3D printing technology should be available through retailers soon, which will definitely make it one of the coolest tools you will have lying around.
Military drones have been getting a bad rap, and for good reason. Anybody would get a bit uncomfortable seeing a drone strapped with bombs heading towards you. But, unlike the military drones that cost around $40 million a pop, commercial drones are far cheaper and have proven to be a lot more useful in comparison. While nowadays, drones are being used by News channels and filmmakers because they offer spectacular visuals, these unmanned vehicles may also have a future in the retail industry. Companies such as Amazon and Google are currently developing drones that will deliver products to their customers within minutes. To make the technology more convenient, these companies plan on using everything from lampposts as docking stations to what they call a station-to-station autonomous drone delivery program, which is currently being used in the German Alps. While there’s still time until we see delivery drones landing on base stations in the city, we are definitely going to get there…eventually.
While the electric car is here thanks to Tesla and Toyota’s hybrid vehicles, they are expensive, and apparently not that appealing to the average consumer. Tesla is working on its charging infrastructure to draw more eyes, but once that’s achieved and the price drops, we could be looking at a booming electric vehicle market. The next few years will probably see more people turning towards these “electrified” cars. In an attempt to bring down the price of its cars, Tesla has already started to manufacture its own batteries. The good news is that better (and cheaper) batteries for electric cars will make these hybrid vehicles more appealing to the masses.
Augmented Reality & Robotics
Google Glass tanked big time when it was launched, but the huge success of overlaying digital data on real-world scenes such as Pokémon Go has shown that the technology has the power to capture the imagination of not just the tech-hipsters. When it comes to personal robots, we’ll just have to make do with robots that vacuum our rooms while we kick back. But, with the way technology is moving forward, robotic man servants seem not too far away, maybe ten more years, max!