When most people think about computers, they think about desktops and laptops.But computers have come a long way since those
When most people think about computers, they think about desktops and laptops.But computers have come a long way since those days.
Gadgets such as smartphones and tablets are computers, while the internet of things means that most appliances will soon be computers too.
Much of the technological advancement that takes place in the next decade will benefit businesses and societies.The world becomes even more connected, while the possibilities with computing are endless.
But what are some of the most fascinating futures for computing that could soon become a reality?
- Virtual Reality
The technology required for virtual reality is already here. Many different companies have headsets that users can try out. However, the tech is still in its infancy. The latency, resolution and computing power issues are not yet resolved.
But in a few years, it is possible that virtual reality will mature and become the type of “must have” tech that takes the world by storm. It would require much smaller gear, no latency in the internet connection and a resolution that is many times above HD.
Current iterations of VR are a gimped experience, where users complain of feeling motion sickness after a few minutes. It is mostly due to the resolution, as a lack of detail is very noticeable when wearing a VR headset.
- Augmented Reality
While virtual reality may seem too digital for some people, augmented reality can find that balance.
The concept of augmented reality is a digital layer on top of the real world. For instance, someone is walking down the street and they can see a digital guide through their glasses, giving them directions, nearby restaurant information and other details.
Augmented reality can have many other applications too. For instance, a homeowner could use augmented reality to wire a broken switch in their home. The digital additions to their vision would show them different parts on the switch and deliver instructions in real time.
- Cloud Gaming
Gaming has already evolved so much in the past half-decade. Mobile gaming has exploded onto the scene, with so many people preferring to play games on mobile devices compared to computers or consoles.
But cloud computing would change everything. It would theoretically deliver the power and graphics of console and computer games onto portable devices. But how is it possible?
Cloud computing would need much faster internet, which is promised through the impending 5G networks. It would also need no latency. Instead of playing a game off a device, users would be playing off the cloud.
The rendering and processing for the game would be taking place somewhere else; perhaps on the user’s computer at home, or maybe on a server somewhere around the world. But they would be able to play the game in full quality and in real-time.
The future of computing holds so many fascinating prospects, both for consumers and businesses.
What is clear is that how the world consumes content using digital devices may look drastically different in five or ten years.