Technology has been one of the biggest change agents in the modern world. Technological advancements always pose a risk to society and the traditional way of life, but positive technological innovations can also offer unique and innovating solutions that can actually help in solving some of the greatest challenges of modern day life. However, due to issues like outdated research, regulatory frameworks, lack of investment and gaps in public understanding, a number of technologies that are extremely promising fail to live up to their potential. The World Economic Forum recently identified some of the top technologies to come to the fore in the year 2015. Here are the Top 5 Technologies of 2015 that are expected to make huge strides in the near future.
Wearable Electronics that can adapt to body shape
Almost everyone has already heard of wearable technologies such as the Google Glass and Fitbit wristbands. However, while these technologies are certainly unique, they the first step in this exciting evolution. The next step involves electronic devices that can actually adapt to your body shape. These devices are expected to be tiny in their size, but are believed to have a complex feedback system and a wide range of sensors to allow them to live up to their potential. Sensors can be worn under the clothing in order to track the body posture and communicate directions via GPS. This technology is particularly exciting for those who are visually impaired. However, as with many other emerging technologies, privacy and social acceptability are two of the major issues being faced by these technologies.
Nanostructure carbon composites
Carbon composites that are lighter, safer and stronger are believed to be the future of the manufacturing world. These composites can reduce the weight of airplanes and automobiles by as much as 10%. They also feature nano-level engineering to make them as strong as possible. It is now being believed that researchers have finally cracked the biggest issue being faced by composites by finally making them recyclable because of a clever engineering process that can break these materials to their original form.
Have you ever typed a long word document on your Smartphone? Of course not. It is uncomfortable and time consuming. The larger screens might have made it easier to type those instant messages, but typing documents still remains to be out of the question. However, this could soon be changing with the help of screenless displays. These screenless displays are basically full sized keyboards that can be projected on flat surfaces to tackle serious writing projects. The technology is expected to use holographic images to generate 3D dimensions to allow you to view your documents in the most imaginative ways possible. However, once more, the concerns of privacy and content security still need to be properly dealt with.
Grid-scale electricity storage
Traditional power grids need to try and anticipate the demand and dynamically balance out the supply because the electricity cannot be stored. However, according to recent developments in this field, flow batteries and grapheme supercapacitors can be used to allow power grids to store up energy which can be tapped into during peak moments.
Increased Battery Life For All Electronics
How many times have you heard people grumble about the fact that their battery died down on them at the worst possible moment? Well, battery life has been one of the most overlooked aspects of electronic gadgets until now, but not anymore. A number of technologies have started using Li-ion batteries that offer 20% more energy than the current batteries being used by electronic gadgets. Moreover, a number of battery technologies such as the silicon nanotube anode and the water-based battery are also being experimented on. It is believed that technology is expected to make huge strides in this area in the immediate future.