According to IBM, these technologies will be available in 2015:
- Batteries could recharge with air contact, leapfrogging lithium-ion for heavy metals. Other batteries, such as those in laptops, could be recharged via kinetic energy.
- Holographic video chat would be available on cell phones.
- Personalized “adaptive traffic systems” would lay out routes that avoid traffic in real time.
- Its proprietary “Racetrack” memory technology could let an iPod-sized device have memory enough to store 500,000 songs.
- Heat generated by computer servers could be recycled into usable energy.
My main reaction: Wow–500,000 songs? That’s a lot of memory. That’s 50,000 vinyl LPs. I just measured my bookcase, and it could, at peak, hold 1000 LPs, so we’re talking about storing 50 bookcases worth of music–in one handheld. Is that cool, or just obscene? (The article notes, by the way, that if you’re into movies instead of songs, it would hold about 3500 films.)
I like the green tech things they’re predicting, too.
HT: Motley Fool