Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Predicting the future of electronics

With advancements in technology, the future of electronic products and services is expected to be bright. In the next 3-4 decades, we may see several innovations that are hard to imagine at present

Electronic gadgets have become an inseparable part of our day to day life—today, it’s hard to imagine life without cellphones, computers and Internet. Developments in the electronics technology have,in a short span, gone up by leaps and bonds. Social scientists sometimes measure the quality of life in terms of the amount of time we spend to earn our bread—the lesser the time, the better the quality of life. As it is evident that most of our creature comforts are due to improved electronic products and services, perhaps the time we spend using them would be a more propriate criterion to ascertain the quality of life. Through this article, we will try to catch the glimpses of various developments taking place in electronics field and know about future products and services that we can expect in the next 30-40 years from now. Future of electronics A bright future of electronic products and services is unfolding before us. In the next three to four decades, we will see a number of products that are hard to imagine today. Some of the technological advancements expected in the electronics field can be summarised as under:

1. Future cellphones may have all
the mobile devices combined into one.
They may be transparent, flexible, selfcleaning
and shape changing.

2. Most of the electronic products
will go wireless, with increased use of
touch interface and green technology.

3. Emergence of affordable highend
digital cameras.

4. Radio Frequency Identification
(RFID) is expected to play a significant
role in improving customer services at
local retail stores. Instead of a plastic
band bearing a unique personal ID
number, RFID chips could be incorporated
into products for identification
and tracking. Similarly, it could be
inserted into a person to identify him/
her at the time of birth.

5. Electronic ink, flexible displays
and wireless connections will change
the face of electronic media and electronic

6. You can expect to see wearable
electronics using bioengineering,
nanotechnology and 3D scanning
techniques. These technologies will
enable your clothes to control air flow
and open invisible shutters when the
humidity goes up. Similarly, interconnection
technologies using conductive
fabrics will enable you to adjust the
colour and texture of your drapes by
simply pressing a button!

7. A sugarcube-sized electric generator
that feeds on vibration could
power a number of wireless sensors or
even medical implants.

8. Virtual travelling and picnics will
be possible with the advancements in

9. Technological advancements
in electronics may change the face of
gifts. For example, a ring which conceals
a high precision computer with
Global Positioning System (GPS) that
constantly monitors its location.

10. A software may enable you to
block credit cards at the entrances of
exclusive shops.

11. Turbo liver, surgically connected
to the circulatory system of
the body, will limit the growth of beer

12. Advancements in transparent
electronics will help in space management
by allowing electronic devices
to be stacked in small clear spaces. It
will also enable development of clear
computer monitors and televisions that
can be embedded inside glass or transparent
plastic (or flexible materials).
Recently, Korea Advanced Institute of
Science and Technology has developed
a transparent computer chip using the
transparent resistive random access
memory (TRRAM) technology. Besides
being transparent, it functions as complementary
metal-oxide semiconductor
(CMOS) memory chip, providing nonvolatile

13. Touch interface electronics is
expected to find application in majority
of displays, including walls and

14. All electronic devices will be
service-connected, which will relieve
users from bridging content and devices.

15. Future automobiles are expected
to be equipped with GPS devices and
electrically-driven propulsion systems
with no emission other than water


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