Look out! The future is near: After the iPad

The iPad and other tablet computers have completely revolutionized the technology industry. Today, our phones and tablets allow us to do more than we ever thought possible. The modern user can use their tablet computer or phone to accomplish hundreds of tasks, including business, communication, and even schooling online. But now that we have these technology items, the future will only continue to shower us with new and better technologies that will provide even more conveniences for day to day living. In the future, these five technologies will be at the forefront of technological achievement.

Did you know that many of the technology that we use everyday today was conceptualized decades ago? Even some technology was conceptualized hundreds of years ago. It takes years for researchers to discover the best way to make inventor’s dreams a reality. Many of the modern items we use today were conceptualized by science fiction writers and dreamers. The T.V. show Star Trek is famous for its prediction of modern conveniences like the tablet computer, cell phone, and laser vision correction. If you want to look for the products of the future, you simply have to watch science fiction movies or read the latest science fiction novels to uncover the possible technology of the future.ipad_future

Smart glasses

Smart glasses are similar to tablet computers, just based around wearable glasses. The wearer of the glasses can use them to interact with the world around them using currents from the brain. Google currently has a prototype for smart glasses as of 2012, and the glasses would serve as a way to bridge the gap between the world of technology and everyday life. Smart glasses could help route live maps, show comparison shopping right before your eyes- all while allowing you to be present in everyday life.

Mind control

Companies have tried to create mind-controlled objects for many years, but was not until recently that they succeeded. Certain computer products and toys currently use the power of the mind to operate simple tasks, like carrying a ball from one place to another or opening up programs on a computer screen. These developments are still in the infant stages, but it is likely that this market will explode in the next few years.

Gesture technology

The move toward wireless devices is faster than ever with modern technology. Many gaming systems now have hands-free user experiences, such as the Xbox Kinect or the Wii. These gaming systems allow users to interact physically with the games. This gesture technology is the first stepping stone toward total virtual reality, which many companies are currently trying to develop. Right now, gesture technology is still in the development phase with many quirks and problems, but in the next few years, researchers will be able to eliminate many of the common problems associated with the technology.

Virtual reality

Virtual reality has been the goal of gaming manufacturers for decades. However, no one has quite been able to master it yet. Technology including gesture movement, holographic displays, mind-controlled operations, and glasses-based computers will all combine to create a realistic virtual world that can complete immerse the player. It may be several decades before we see true virtual reality in our world, but the technology in development today is leading toward making virtual reality an actual reality.


For hundreds of years, people have been fascinated by the concept of robots. Robots that look like humans are the popular topics of science fiction, but in reality, the robots used today are much less humanoid and imminently more practical. Artificial intelligence development is one of the keys to creating better and more efficient robots. Right now, robots are used for a variety of household tasks, such as vacuuming, mowing the lawn, and keeping the house cool. As artificial intelligence increases, the scope of what robots can do will also increase.

All of these technology advancements may seem crazy, but many researchers are currently developing all of these technologies. In a few years, the current height of technology will give way to these new technology advancements that will phase out our current designs and make everyday life different and better than ever.


This is a guest post by Lilly Sheperd, a part-time guest-blogger and a full-time communication consultant.  She currently works for Classes & Careers, a great site what match students with the right school and program for them, focused on new technologies with their online IT classes to train the best experts.