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More connected but I still haven’t got my flying car

Well another year has passed and even though I am sure that the vision of the future included hover boards and flying cars, Santa isn’t bringing me any of these this year.

So what has changed in the last 12 months?

Often it hard to pick out those advances in technology that impact your day to day life because the don’t arrive with a big bang. The arrive bit by bit so that you think you have always done things in a certain way.

I mean 6 years ago, none of us were using Facebook or Twitter and now look.

But as I get to the end of 2012 I can’t help noticing that my life and my home is a lot more connected.

Take my living room as an example.

Suddenly that stack of AV kit in the corner of the room has an Ethernet switch connected to it. My Sky+ box has an internet connection, my Yamaha AV amplifier has an internet connection and of course there is an Apple TV in there which again is a connected device. We had none of these connections 12 months ago.

And of course all of that is controlled not by your common or garden remote control but by an app running on an iPad or an Android phone etc.

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But not only is everything connected to the web, but more importantly everything is connected to everything else plus because all of this is connected to the web, I can access a lot of things from outside of the home.

Want to set something to record on BBC1 tomorrow night but find yourself halfway around the world? Not a problem. A few clicks on your phone and the recording is scheduled.

And it’s not just in the home.

My car is a rolling WiFi hotspot. My phone can connect to it to access the internet. Plus the satnav has it’s own data connection which it uses to connect to Google Earth to they display that satellite imagery onto the screen on the dashboard

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Meanwhile my phone is talking to various back end servers and my PC on my desk and by iPad and loads of other things all at the same time.

I’m pretty sure that things were not this connected or as easy to get connected either this time 12 months ago. Add to that, a lot of things are going mobile.

You want to hope that the network carriers have got good plans in place to carry all this new mobile data.

Certainly we are moving towards a more connected world and a much more mobile world but so far, the world of the future still doesn’t have my flying car.

A Day Made Of Glass 2

I posted a similar video entitled A Day Made Of Glass made by Corning last year where the glass manufacturer showed off some of the future technologies that could be made possible.

They have now posted a nice follow up video again showing off what could be done.

A Day Made Of Glass 2

 

Corning have also made a companion video that takes you behind the scenes of the main video explaining what is reality, what is fiction and how some of what you see is made possible.

A Day Made Of Glass 2 : Unpacked

 

Some of the things here are certainly closer than we think whilst others are clearly science fiction but even so, the future certainly looks exciting.

What if the future goes wrong? [Reblog]

A rather funny view into the future none of us want to live in.

Enjoy

In the future, our lives will be greatly enhanced by the ever-faster networks. Ultra-smart computers, sophisticated robotics and unlimited capacity communications will make every aspect of our everyday lives pleasant. Machines will do all the work while we enjoy the results on a beach. We will be always in touch, always in control. But sometimes, technology has a habit of turning out different than planned. Let’s remember that the telephone was o … Read More

via Your guide to the future

A Day Made of Glass

Every now and then, some IT company releases a video showing their view of the future. Quite often these involve displays embedded in mirrors or work surfaces.

So this video is a little different at it is made my Corning who make glass and ceramics. In other words, the very material that underpins all the display technologies.

Now when these videos first started being churned out a few years ago, we marvelled at how cool the future looked. Today however many of these technologies exist and whilst still too expensive for mainstream use like the video shows, it can only be a matter of time before prices fall and we are all speaking to granny via our kitchen worktop.

Enjoy

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