A rotary phone from 20 years ago and a smart phone today have exponential differences. But those differences won’t even compare to how much technology of today will advance in 20 years. As scientists and engineers create faster, smaller and more innovative technological designs, everyday gadgets can transform within a generation.
For the past century, creating a hybrid of the automobile and aviation has been a sci-fi novelty. Flying cars that can take off and land anywhere on earth will revolutionize transportation — and this may happen faster than we think. The BBC reported that aviation and automobile may merge and emerge onto the market within as little as a year. This could happen when Terrafugia develops their Transition automobile, which can reach an airspeed of 460 miles per hour. Anyone who dreams about jetting in a flying car like a sci-fi hero should start saving pennies. It takes a lot of power to get a vehicle in the air. A flying car will sell for a quarter of a million dollars when it’s first released.
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In the words of Accenture, television will soon experience a revolution in quality and design similar to the game-changing innovation of the smartphone. For many people, television may not change much at all — sitcoms will probably still have laugh tracks and actors will still be good looking and witty. Today’s TV consumers may just be amazed at the options available to future couch potatoes. TV has some of the highest concurrent device usage, meaning that people who watch shows likely use computers, phones, gaming consoles, tablets, or even e-books while they watch a show. This makes advertisers, such as MarketingCharts, question the value of traditional commercials. Users watch commercials or switch their attention to other media devices. In the future, TVs may stream information to mobile devices concurrently and optimize each show for a digital platform-sharing experience.
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Smartphone titans like the iPhone and Android may take years to be overthrown by a new tech “must-haves.” But if any technology can disrupt the popularity of smartphones, satellite phones have the inner track. The Wall Street Journal has reported a steady growth in demand for the satellite phone market because these devices can connect at any time and place on the planet where cell coverage does not kick in. You can find phones today from Roadpost.com that allow an individual or company to rent the satellite service and get high-speed connections, no matter the location. These phones offer security for adventurers exploring a remote part of the world. People can also establish operations where phone infrastructure is poor. In the near future, satellite phones will be able to access the Internet to set up a face-to-face chat connection, load information from remote cloud databases and run protocols through a satellite grid to keep operations running.
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