Future tech

According to USA Today, True hipsters include gizmos of 2010 on their wish lists. There is a nice summary of potential futur gizmos.

  • Like, maybe a translating digital camera. (...) There's actually a working prototype in Hewlett-Packard's labs.
  • Personal Smart Stuff Technology (PSST). Open a box of PSST, and you'd find sheets of dot-size stickers, each embedded with a tiny RFID chip that can store a few bits of data and transmit it wirelessly. You'd also find a half-dozen or so RFID readers to place around the house to tie in with your wireless network. You put the stickers on things — your iPod, key chain, jacket, notebook and so on. On your home computer, you enter some information that corresponds with the sticker on each item — perhaps what the item is and some instructions. Maybe you tell PSST that if it senses that your jacket (presumably with you in it) leaves the house but your keys are still on the kitchen counter, PSST should send a text message to your cell phone, giving you the number of a good locksmith.In essence, your stuff would be on your home network, much as Web pages are on the Internet. "I want everything I own to be indexible,"
  • The Mach-X ND Razor (never get dull or corrode, One blade for the whole of a man's shaving life) and Never-Smell Sox.
  • Subscription robots. Start with something like Sony's Aibo robot dog — but a more advanced version, with excellent speech recognition and a wireless Internet connection. (...) A "toy" for your kid that can download and deliver content and services from the Net
  • Personal theater. A cell phone that's also an MP3 player is cool this year. A cell phone that can download and play movies on a tiny screen will be cool next year. By 2010, you'll want a cell phone that can deliver a complete surround-sound home theater experience, says Padmasree Warrior, Motorola's chief technology officer.
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Why do I blog this? Of course, it's like scifi or crazy stuff from the future, but the interesting point here is that those gizmos are coming out of existing research lab in the US. It's nice to see what's done there, even though it's not so precise and there is no picture.