What is going to be the next ”big thing” in the next 5-10 years?

Answer by Nitin Balodi:

In next 5-10 years, the face of technology will be completely different from what it appears today.  Everything will be turned into its smarter versions and in another time frame of 5-10 years, these smarter systems will get turned into their smartest version.

According to me there will be
1.      Smarter (not smart) phones
2.      Smart cars (eco-friendly, driverless) ,
3.      Eco Friendly Energy Grids and Transport System
4.      Smart currency or payment methods
5.      Smarter Communication means

Now let me tackle them one by one to justify my point to some extent. So I am starting with a device that you may be holding right now. Yeah the Smartphone .

Smarter Phone –The smartphones that we use today, in a time frame of 5 to 10 years will be converted into a smarter phone. It will be loaded with more amazing features like Augmented Reality (AR), Artificial intelligence (AI) , better batteries (made up of Graphene), loaded with emotionally intelligent phonebooks, smart apps, and with a flexible structure that can be rolled like a paper. Therefore, we can say that the smartphone will be converted into an intelligent gadget.

Think of a situation where your class teacher will be taking attendance and sending notes and marks on your smartphone by using AR app. Kind of a smarter class room.   (Samsung: Using Augmented Reality to Provide A Smart Classroom).

Let say you are in a new city and you have to go to an address for the first time. No need to worry you will be having AR app in your device and it will help you and that too by merely clicking a picture of your surroundings. Let me give you a bird eye view.

You will set your destination, will capture an image where you are currently standing, and will process that image. The AR app will detect your location and a 3D view of your surrounding will superimposed on your device screen. The heading of my camera will be identified also and according to your destination, an arrow will appear on the device screen.

This much wonderful an AR app can be.  I am making this statement based on the patent applications I studied that are filed by Samsung, Apple are other tech giants on Augmented Reality.

Apart from that there are going to be Apps that will be saving you from running out of batteries. One such app is proposed by Google (Google – Battery Saving Android App that Never Let Your Phone Die).

Graphene, which is a form of carbon, could change the way our devices look, feel, perform and even interact with our bodies. It can completely replace the lithium ion batteries that we currently use. Manufacturing of thin, flexible batterieswill be facilitate by Graphene that could enable wearable computing also.
Northwestern University researchers built a battery made of graphene and silicon, which supposedly lasted over a week on a single charge and only took 15 minutes to juice up. If graphene goes mainstream, you could possibly leave your smartphone charger home when traveling
Graphene battery tech: charge your smartphone in 20 seconds
Graphene Could Kill Lithium-Ion Batteries

There will be Apps that will be recommending food for you and helping you to stay fit and follow your daily diet goals. You will be using a flexible smartphone that can be bent, rolled and folded like a paper.
The phonebook of your smartphone will be storing the emotional information of the callers that will be updating the contacts. One such phonebook has already been proposed by Samsung electronics. (Innovative Phonebook by Samsung that Detects Emotions) Thus you will be carrying an emotionally intelligent device in your pocket.

Not only this, due to the IoT (Internet of Things) your smartphone will be communicating with your AC, refrigerator, washing machine, car and the like. You will be in shopping mall and your refrigerator will come to know about it though the GPS location of your smartphone and will be sending you a reminder that you have to purchase butter for tomorrow’s breakfast.

You will be connecting your smartphone with your AC and will link it with the alarm clock of smart phone. And whenever you will stop the alarm ring, the AC will be turned off. Is this sounding like Sci-Fi? Check this link and the also the reference of patent application that is mentioned there. LG: The Multifunctional Android Alarm Clock App

Apart from this your smartphone will be doing health monitoring and will be taking data from the wearable devices like bands, earphones and sending that to the medical server for further examination by your doctor.
As I was saying earlier multiple technologies (AR, AI, and IoT etc.) will be converging to convert a smart-phone into a smarter-phone.

2. Driverless and Eco Friendly Cars
There will be driverless cars that will be carrying computers under their hoods that will be utilizing artificial intelligence to make decisions on road.  The driverless car project of Google is well known to all of us. The car can identify, track and predict the movements of pedestrians, bicycles, other vehicles, or objects like road signs in the roadway. It can read road signs, can diagnose itself, can pick and drop you from anywhere you desire and can do many other cool things. How Driverless Car Predicts Expected Movement of Objects on Road?

If you are interesting in knowing more about the driverless car project you can consider this link – The Future of Technology

While Google is making driverless cars, Tesla on the other hand is marching toward a future of eco friendly electric cars. Even Tesla is also working on driverless car technology. At present, the S model of Tesla costs you around US $70,000. However, soon this price will be reduced to around $35,000.  Tesla Motors recently closed its deal to acquire the 980-acre site in an industrial park outside Reno where it has already begun pouring concrete for a giant lithium-ion battery factory. The gigafactory is intended to produce 500,000 battery packs a year.

Please follow these links to know more about Tesla and its Gigafactory. Tesla Timeline | Forums | Tesla Motors
Tesla closes on free Nevada land for gigafactory
I may not be wrong to call these cars as smart cars and these two projects as next big thing.

3. Smarter Energy Generators and Transport System
On top of everything, I am an avid fan of Elon Musk and hence after Tesla again I am going to mention about Hyperloop that is put forward by Elon Musk. And I am going to talk about Hyperloop. It’s a high-speed transportation system.

Basically, the system would work like those old pneumatic tubes that were used to move messages using air pressure in banks, newspaper offices and other buildings in the mid-20th century. ”The Hyperloop design uses a combination of low air pressure and magnetic acceleration to get people from LA to SF in just about 30 minutes,” The 400-plus-mile trip would take less than an hour, compared to more than six hours of driving.

This is a kind of transportation technology that allows Angelinos to commute to job in Vegas or San Francisco or wherever it ends up, is going to make neighbors of literally distant strangers. Suddenly, people who live in different cities will eat lunch in the same restaurants. They’ll share cabs (arguably robo-driven cabs, but cabs none-the-less). They may go to the same gym. In this way, the Hyperloop will radically extend our interpersonal networks in ways we can’t image and, by extension, reshape the way we do business.

I know you are a curious soul and want to read more about it. Here I am saving your fingers from typing again .
These Dreamers Are Actually Making Progress Building Elon’s Hyperloop | WIRED
Why the Hyperloop isn’t wishful thinking
So after the transportation let me move ahead to the smarter energy generators. Have a look at this –

This is airborne windmill. The concept of airborne wind turbines is close to becoming reality. Altaeros has already built the world’s highest turbine that can generate twice the energy output of its ground-based counterpart. Besides generating power, these floating power plants can provide data coverage, cell service and local weather data and can be deployed in harsh weather conditions.

It’s a dramatic idea that could change the course of countless lives around the planet. Suddenly, with airborne wind turbines, isolated communities in South American jungles or Alaskan islands could have easier, cheaper access to technology that most take for granted.

Read more: World’s First Airborne Wind Turbine To Bring Renewable Energy and WiFi to Alaska | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

4. The Smart Payment System – Crypto Currency
In future, I believe Bitcoin is going to be very popular among peoples around the globe. Its decentralized DIGITAL currency that is fast, cheap and secure to use.  Your bank charges you for international transfers and when you use your credit/debit card to purchase things. However, Bitcoin doesn’t. Moreover, there is no need to give your real name as each bitcoin transaction is recorded in a public log, names of buyers and sellers are never revealed – only their wallet IDs.
While that keeps bitcoin users’ transactions private, it also lets them buy or sell anything without easily tracing it back to them. That’s why it has become the currency of choice for people online buying drugs or other illicit activities.
I would like you to explore this link to know more about Bitcoins – What is bitcoin? – CoinDesk

5.  Smarter Communication
Earlier we had telephones where we could only communicate through voice calls, then came the era of text messages and mms and later of the video calls.  In past two or three decades, you can easily decipher the changes that have come and are still coming in the way we communicate.
Now coming the era of Telepresence that will take communication to the next level. Telepresence is capable of providing you a kind of experience where you can’t distinguish between a real life image and the one that created by this technology, its experience would be equivalent to meeting in person.

Have a look at this device also This Ingenious Augmented Reality Mirror will Take Telepresence to A New Level
It could be so close to actually being there in person.  It is already prevalent, however only big corporate companies and organizations are utilizing such technologies as these are expensive. But we can expect it to become cheap when common person will be able to use it.

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