Transport and Innovation
In the field of transport there is much to choose from.
The Hydrofoil electric bike, from Manta, offers a new way to get around: over water. It is the first commercial product of its kind, but it has one drawback: the unit costs almost US$6,000.
There are several companies that sell underwater drones for recreational use, or as a way to help fishing. But a water vehicle has the potential to save lives.
The Dolphin, from Ocean Alpha, is a remotely controlled lifesaver. Its use would allow rescuers to remove anyone who is drowning from the sea without putting themselves in danger.
In addition, different brands will show cars with spaces designed by architects and systems that allow them to be directed with voice.
And there’s the issue of electric vehicles. New companies such as Byton and Fisker will show several models for production.
The first will feature a car that has “dark mode”, an option not to spend electricity, and the second a car with a roof covered by a solar panel.
Innovation will lead to future
It seems likely that the ability to 3D scan the environment around us will be improved
We’re already seeing this in depth cameras like the one that incorporates the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. Intended to improve augmented reality experiences. But these depth cameras will surely improve over time and give way to applications that we can not even suspect today: mainly scan with great precision in three dimensions the environment around us.
Definitely end the domain of the PC. We are already seeing that some phones allow to connect by cable to a screen to be used as simple computers using a keyboard and a mouse, but the growth in computing capacity and the emergence of cooling technologies, such as those used by phones intended for video games, could give way to phones for professional use.
These would be designed to be able to run applications that require a lot of computing power on extensible screens, such as those of folding or flexible phones. But also on external monitors. But that also requires software changes. The current operating systems are not yet ready for this.
Android has been playing with the possibility to incorporate a computer-like graphical interface for some time, but they’ve been very timid attempts. Microsoft tried it without much success, too, but it looks like it’s trying its luck again and maybe soon we’ll see a version of Windows designed for those kinds of gadgets.
There are many more changes that we will surely see in the coming years, or even in months. Increasing battery capacity and fast battery charging can finally give way to batteries with other technology that provides longer life. We may also start to see glass alloys that make our phones much more resistant. But what is certain is that there are things, that have not even been patented, that may be about to transform what we mean by smartphone.