I love finding lists like these that aren’t buzzfeed clickbait posts stolen directly from a reddit compilation. They’re informative, get my nerd juices flowing, and are generally fun to read.
Car-To-Car Communications: Imagine this, you pull up to a corner with an obstructed view to one side. How long do you wait? How far do you inch forward in an effort to see? Gun it and hope no one gets hurt? These are your few options in today’s world. However within the next couple of years the ability for your car to transmit data such as speed, break application, and position to other cars within a few hundred feet will eliminate this potentially deadly situation. With this new tech, as you pull up to the corner you’ll be alerted of incoming cars with a beep, or some other auditory or even visual cue. This technology has the possibility to save countless lives and what it evolves into could save even more.
Internet Balloons: You know that feeling, you’re in the middle of nowhere trying to watch your favorite TV show on Netflix, but your phones internet coverage sucks. How will you ever know if Brad married Jennifer or not? Why wait the couple of days until you return to civilization when you could potentially receive internet signals from floating internet balloons soaring high in the stratosphere courtesy of the all powerful Google. It seems far-fetched right? Wrong! Within the next 5 years this could become a reality. Not only would this tech help you binge watch the entire first season of House of Cards in a day and a half (Totally didn’t do this), but it could provide internet services to areas otherwise without them. Ditching the expensive infrastructure of internet and switching to a completely self reliant floating internet hub far above the reaches of any storm or animal could mean the expansion of the wonders of the internet to everyone.
Apple Pay: While I personally don’t see the appeal here, there has to be someone out there who’s interested in it. Why anyone would want to have ALL the things they need for life on a phone is beyond me, but if it’s your cup of tea, whatever. Essentially it allows your phone to act as your debit card, but only responds to your touch, much like the locks on the newer Iphones do. It’s a cool concept, but I can’t see it being widely used. I’m used to using my debit card, its simple, fits nicely in my wallet, and can be deactivated if stolen. My phone on the other hand can run out of battery, often gets misplaced in my home, and already has enough value on it for potential thieves. All in all, this tech which is already available seems to complicated for widespread adoption, not only would people have to accept using it, but companies would have to adopt all new software and hardware just to accept the payment, not to mention the possibility for Apple to make a buck off the transactions.
3-D virtuality?: So I had not heard of this thing until now, but wow this sounds awesome. Breaking through the fourth wall a little here, this thing is actually amazing, or so I think from what I’ve read so far. It’s basically an Oculus styled device, except it projects images into the room you’re in? I think? This technology has numerous applications both civilian and professional. Imagine designing a car or an aircraft in real-time manipulating the 3-D image as if it were in-front of you. The ingenuity of the thing is incredible. The fleshed out version of this tech probably won’t be available for another 5-10 years or so, but wow, am I excited for the future.
These four technologies were the coolest I could spot from the list, but surely the others are just as cool. Maybe not as particularly relevant to a consumer standpoint, but others may find them relevant.