There’s no doubt about the fact that technology is changing the very way we live. Items we easily take for granted like broadband connectivity, satellites and micro-fabrication used in integrated circuits have allowed for wondrous things that have only been dreams to be made reality.
The problem with technology is discerning how it has affected our lives. By examining how technology has changed the way we live, you can begin to hypothesize how new technology and developing gadgets will change our lives even more.
Evaluating Present Technology
The first step to predicting where tomorrow’s gadgets will lead us is to examine where today’s technology has brought us.
The microchip is likely the single most important milestone that humans have developed in that regard. It allowed for the rapid miniaturization of technology, which in turn meant that computers could fit into homes rather than massive laboratories.
It led to smaller satellites, more efficient usages of electricity and developments that have occurred on the quantum scale. Devices that affect health to technology that makes communication across the world possible exist from this single development.
Future Technology and Gadgets
The one commonality with today’s technology and the technology of the future is that smaller methods of fabrication will lead to more powerful devices. This holds true when you examine the near future of devices.
Companies like Streamline Circuits are already hard at work providing miniaturized solutions that work for the needs of developing businesses. These allow engineers developing new solutions using smaller technology to make their dreams into a reality.
For example, the Internet of Things is a type of technology that aims to interconnect every “Thing” with every other “Thing”. This means that your t-shirt may relay your vital signs to a medical monitor one day. When something goes wrong, that monitor may contact emergency medical services to save your life.
The applications of the Internet of Things alone aims to make our lives significantly easier, but it’s only possible by making the devices that connect regular things smaller so that they can be embedded without trouble.
Another chief advancement in technology comes directly from the components used to create and power other objects. Fusion technology aims to produce clean, compact power that may solve a significant portion of the world’s electrical woes.
New alloys may make cars smarter and safer, introduce new medical devices, and overcome the current limitations of metals commonly used for devices. These one day may allow for things like watches or even mobile phones to be directly interlinked with a person, which in turn allows simple things like keypads or touch devices to be bypassed completely.
Predicting Tomorrow’s Advancements Today
Technology is partnered with science. As science continues to make advances that allow technology to become increasingly smaller, so too will the number of gadgets increase and the functionality of these gadgets expand.
As far as the near future goes, advancements into the integration of everyday objects with the Internet will emerge. New at-home treatment options for common medical conditions, a better understanding of things like weather, and the ability to have small power sources capable of powering entire homes will soon emerge.
The future offers limitless possibilities so long as there are still advancements to be made in the fields of science. The very things that science fiction has only been able to dream of may soon be made possible as technology continues to develop.
The one thing to keep in mind is that the future is nearer than you or anyone else might believe. A series of small breakthroughs is all that’s required to make the next day the dawn of a new tomorrow.
By Lizzie Weakley