IBM helps in predicting what we may be see in the coming future. With its release of its annual "Next Five in Five" list of five innovations expected over the next five years this week, Air-powered batteries, 3-D cellphones that project holographs and personalized commutes are among the predictions of IBM scientists.
According to the IBM, advances in transistors and battery technology will allow your devices to last 10x longer than they do today, Today's lithium-ion batteries may be replaced by batteries "that use the air we breathe to react with energy-dense metal, eliminating a key inhibitor to longer lasting batteries.
If the progress continues at the current phase or even fast we may be seeing lightweight, powerful and rechargeable battery capable of powering everything from electric cars to consumer devices.
In some cases IBM predicts not usage of batteries itself in smaller devices by reducing the amount of energy per transistor to less than 0.5 volts and relying on a technique known as "energy scavenging."
IBM predicts that in the nearer future you may not need to recharge your phone, Just Shake and Dial using the same concept of some wrist watches which doesn't require winding and charge based on the movement of your arm.
3-D and holographic cameras that fit into cellphones allowing video chat with "3-D holograms of your friends in real time.
Personalized commutes are another development seen by IBM scientists, who are already at work on using new mathematical models and predictive analytics technologies to deliver the best routes for daily travel.
"In five years, sensors in your phone, your car, your wallet and even your tweets will collect data that will give scientists a real-time picture of your environment," IBM said.
They also predicted that scientists will find ways to better recycle heat and energy from data centers to "do things like heat buildings in the winter and power air conditioning in the summer, using the new technologies, such as novel on-chip water-cooling systems developed by IBM, the thermal energy from a cluster of computer processors can be efficiently recycled to provide hot water for an office or houses.
- With Media Inputs