The Future of Device Technology: Intangibility

The internet landscape is growing at an exponential rate. It’s not just about computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones anymore. There are now a multitude of devices that are internet connected.

The Garnter Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies 2017 focuses on three emerging technology mega-trends that will shape the future: Artificial intelligence (AI) everywhere, transparently immersive experiences and digital platforms. The buzzwords are becoming popular and it is certainly going to rule the future. However, I would like to introduce you to some other emerging technologies in device computing that you must watch out for in the future:

First one is Smart Dust devices. They are small wireless microelectromechanical sensors (MEMS) that can detect everything from light to vibrations. It is a tiny dust size device with extraordinary capabilities. Smart dust will be able to collect data that can be used to understand or monitor better. If Smart Dust becomes a reality, then it’s time for Internet of Things to say goodbye sooner.

Already, glued to your smartphones and computers? Get ready – Neural Lace is coming soon to link your brain with intelligent computers. A neural lace is an ultra-thin mesh that can be implanted in the skull, forming a collection of electrodes capable of monitoring brain function. It creates a link between your brain and a device. Elon Musk announced his new venture in 2017 called “Neuralink” that aims to connect computers to your brain through the use of neural lace. Brain-computer interface is certainly going to change the future of device computer.

Finally, we have Edge Computing. It brings the core building blocks of cloud – compute, storage and networking – closer to the consumers. By moving compute closer to the origin of the data, the latency involved in the roundtrip to the cloud gets reduced. Image a self-driving car – it’s effectively a data center on wheels. Thus, Edge Computing might make Cloud Computing take a back seat.

There are many exciting new device technologies that are emerging that will continue to transform the world.

Let us know your comments about any other new device technologies that will transform the future.

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