Technology giant IBM unveiled five innovations that have the potential to change life, as we know it over the next five years. The list of innovations includes the abilities to beam up your friends in 3-D, batteries that will breathe air to power our devices, personalized commutes, computers that will help energize our cities and the ability to save the planet despite not being a scientist. In the next five years, consumers can expect to see the following innovative changes:
IBM is working on a battery that will utilize air we breathe. The batteries will be rechargeable, lightweight, and long lasting. The new design will allow batteries to last about 10 times longer than most batteries currently in use. The new technology used to produce the new and improved battery, can also be used to eliminate the need altogether for a battery in some smaller devices. The device would charge based on energy scavenging or rapid movement.
Over the next five years, IBM will be perfecting the technology that will allow anyone to fight global warning. Sensors located in phones, cars, even wallets will be among some of the items that will collect data, providing scientists with information about the environment in real-time. Endangered species, both plants and animals will benefit from the data collection.
The ultimate GPS is in the works. Adaptive commuting systems will provide a personalized route to work based on the drivers travel patterns and behavior. Researchers at IBM anticipate the recommended routes will be the safest and fastest route for the driver.
IBM has found a way to capture the thermal energy emitted by computer processors. In addition to capturing the energy, IBM has found a way to channel that energy into heating and cooling. Researchers believe this discovery could save more than 30 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year.
Much like movie portrayals, consumers will be able to interact with friends and family via 3-D holograms in real time. Soon, browsing the web, viewing photos and social media chat will happen in 3-D. In addition to social aspects, business owners, engineers and architects can look forward to walking through holographic simulations prior to building.