Staying on the cutting edge of technology requires almost constant vigilance. Keeping up with new developments often requires a good deal of speculation. Here are some potential future replacements to today’s tablet trends.
HUD Glasses and Contacts – In Your Face Technology
HUD (heads-up display) glasses are quite close to hitting the market. Many stories had the public release of Google’s HUD glasses slated for the end of 2012. These glasses give you a small screen in front of one eye, so the apps and information that you usually have to turn to your tablet for would be hosted right in front of your face. Unlike the bulky visor of Geordi from Star Trek: The Next Generation, this type of eyewear is designed for sleek simplicity. The technology for HUD contacts may follow as well.
Mini Projectors – Large-Scale Viewing from Small-Scale Devices
As technology like tablets and smartphones gets smaller, it also becomes harder to share. If you want all your friends to see the cute video you shot of your cat, you’ll probably have to pass your tablet around so everyone can view it one or two at a time. Mini-projectors can make it easier to share large images from a small device. These are already available as separate devices, but the tablets of the future may have this technology built-in.
Flexible Screens – Technology Rolled Up in Your Pocket
Though high-tech flexible screens have yet to hit the market, there’s been a great deal of speculation about their development. The idea behind the flexible screen is that you could roll your phone or tablet up and slip it into your pocket or wrap these devices around your wrist like a watch. Flexible screens would open up a world of new possibilities for wearable technology as well as convenient storage.
Embedded Technology – Easy-Access Control Panels
Embedded technology can refer to any product that has sensors and computing processors built-in. While apps may soon let you control everything from your air conditioning to your oven from your tablet, this limits most of the control to the user of the tablet device. Embedded technology developments may put advanced control panels on your home appliances, heating and cooling systems, and more. This gives control to the user of the device and not the owner of the tablet.
Kinect Technology – Voice and Gesture Control
Kinect technology first hit the market as a device for gaming, but the same technology that lets you simulate sports in the comfort of your living room has a wider range of applications. Kinect for Windows allows users to interact with computers using voice and gesture commands instead of a mouse or touchscreen. As this technology becomes more refined, it can offer a hands-free alternative to guiding a presentation or application from your tablet.
Technology is constantly changing, offering new and creative answers to everything from how to fit your phone into those skinny jeans to how to control your computer with no hands. Though tablets are the hottest new development now, there will undoubtedly be something even more impressive on the horizon.