“All of the biggest technological inventions created by man – the airplane, the automobile, and the computer – says little about his intelligence, but speaks volumes about his laziness.” – Mark Kennedy
As the quote suggests, there has been incredible elevation of technology over past few decades and we avail it regularly. It might have made us lazy during the process, as the quote has duly predicted, yet I would not mind fusing a bit more laziness into my lifestyle with newer inventions! I can only imagine how our lifestyles will be boosted as such discoveries continue to disembark. In this article, I talk about some technological concepts that have the potential to simplify our regular lives to a broader extent.
- Long range wireless charging
With the wireless charging technology taking over the market, the long-range wireless charging is no longer an eccentric idea. The current concept of wireless charging seems like an incredible breakthrough for mobile devices of all kinds. Nevertheless, it has its own share of hindrances such as being expensive, unreliable, time-consuming and inefficient. Also, these do not really spare us from the “wire”, opposed to what the name suggests, since the charger itself needs wires for charging. Hence, a wireless charger which houses stability, efficiency and mobility while being cost-effective is a complete necessity in this era of quick chargers!
- Affordable solar-powered AC
Solar powered devices derive power from photovoltaic equipment, but require power from utility or inverter. Considering the fortune spent behind the whole setup, it is a luxury not everyone can enjoy. Moreover, substantial amount of space for setting up a solar panel and frequent need of manpower to maintain the equipment is another hitch. One of the leading brands should to come up with a ground breaking idea of user-friendly and cheap solar-powered air conditioners.
- Foldable laptop/tablet/phone hybrid
We might already be very close to this innovation, since Samsung is assumed to be coming up with such a project very soon, which is sometimes referred to as the “smartlet”. However, my expectation is a bit more extended to a phone, laptop and tablet infusion in one device which could be folded and unfolded according to purpose. This might even make us bid adieu to our traditional A4 papers someday!
- Sending, receiving and storing smell
Who wouldn’t fancy this one if we could actually be sending the smell of a flower through text, choosing our fragrances online and reminiscing old memories. The challenge with aromas is that they linger and diffuse, stick to the clothes, and don’t rapidly dissipate. If we could incorporate aroma communication into the global communications, we can communicate more effectively than ever. A few years back, a team began developing a similar device called oPhone, in which they have been trying to store and deliver bursts of smell for 10 seconds at a time using a cylindrical gadget. This project is still at a very early stage, but has a promising notion.
- Legitimate virtual reality(VR)
Presently, the concept of virtual reality is very much limited to the gaming market. The other potentials have not been properly explored other than a few ventures in the education, retail and film industry by integrating movement capture with VR. To see places and scenarios through VR as if we are in it, the wireless technology needs to enhance further. Even though the sales of VR devices worldwide are expected to increase by 24 times in 2016, (according to International Data Corp, a US-based IT research firm) the real, intimate experience of shared virtual reality still seems outlandish. VR may become the most influential technology in the next decade, but to what extent, that we will have to wait and see.
While technology is quickly racing towards newer potentials, we are only learning to adapt to its new ventures as they turn up. The smarter the inventions become, the higher the expectations rise for the next one. As long as we take one step at a time, and don’t underestimate our limitations, “There are no dreams too large, no innovation unimaginable and no frontiers beyond our reach”- as John S. Herrington has remarked.