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    I was thinking of some cool things that future devices (including computers) might have, you can put some of your ideas too ☺️

    Do you think in the future there will be like no under 1080p devices?
     

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    As long as it helps me get things done efficiently then I really have no problem on where devices are heading.

    Though I wanna be playful so I'll chip in. I really wanna see those interactable holographic interface that you see on sci-fi shows/movies, I think its pretty cool.
     
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    And yes, what Jhayzone said...
     
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    It's been out for a while now.
    2015 maybe?
    That'll be the future of gaming.
     
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    It's already sort of like that in VR, but obviously not the exact same.
     
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    Give it a year or so, it'll be on the next gen consoles
     
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    What if one day there is no below 60fps
     
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    Forget VR, I want a Holodeck as in Star Trek TNG
     
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    Sure... everything's fun and games, until the system corrupts, it gains sentience and tries to kill you and everyone else aboard... seriously you'd have thought that even Sony would have recalled a device with problems like that....
     
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    That problem was in fixed with the firmware 2.0 update.
     
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    The future of computers will be smaller and smaller devices. Think the power of a top of the line Alienware PC on a necklace pendant. The matching ring works as a mouse. I'm torn between glasses or a visor for the monitor. By visor I mean one of those hat looking things accountants used to wear.
     
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    The big problem with miniaturisation remains power, both the supply and the dissipation. Smaller processor feature size helps, but there are physical limits there (which you hit long before you hit atomic scales, which are about 0.1nm). So can we reach that type of processing power and size combination by just extrapolating our current technology down to the physical limits what can be fabricated? I'm honestly not sure. It's not even a matter of how long you want it to be able to run for, if you wear it round your neck it may well be how hot you can tolerate it getting that's the limit. Maybe there will be breakthroughs in processor architecture and battery technology which will render this post moot, and I hope so, but by definition that's unknowable.

    Of course with a personal area network (remember that term? Very fashionable about 6 years ago, gone very quiet lately) you could carry a bulkier processor/power/WAN unit on your person (belt, handbag, pocket) and interact with it via wearable peripherals. It seems to me that the interfaces are a bigger problem there than the unit itself: glasses for the display, some faster/more precise/less intrusive input than speech recognition, a way of interacting with elements on the display, all of it needing power, needing to work together in a convenient, natural and non-intrusive way. The biggest impediment to all of this might be the smartphone itself: you need the result to be more convenient or offer significant advantages over what we already have for a wide range of uses. Half-baked prototypes like Google Glass may have set this type of thing back rather than forward in terms of public acceptability.

    That said, if I had to guess I'd say that if it happens the first step in this direction will be a "smart glasses" peripheral, with the smartphone acting as the hub. That is, if the manufacturers can convince enough people that an AR interface is useful enough for enough people to buy it, and if it can be made acceptable socially (which is an intersting problem: the camera is obviously a selling point, and has real uses as well as just social media narcissism, and would be necessary for AR functionality, but it was also one of the biggest barriers to acceptance). If you can get that accepted and widespread then perhaps other interfaces, and less need for the phone itself to be a user interface, can follow. But if you are going to rely on speech they had better develop a sub-vocal interface, because widespread use of speech interfaces would render any public space unbearable.

    (I'm not mentioning quantum computing because that remains a lab demonstration even after decades of study, and the states that quantum computers rely on are very delicate. I think it will be a long time before we see that stuff in portable devices).
     
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    I was thinking "unobtainium" as a power source which has been discovered many times since the word was coined, but realistically... A series of lithium-ion bracelets might work. Connectivity through the thin wires in your clothes.
    My concept won't work if you're naked.
     
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    Well if everyone is wearing them then good AR filters will mean that nobody can see that you're naked ;)
     
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    I wouldn't be naked. Im talking real world devices that just work for me. You won't need a network in the future. Or not a network that's owned by somebody specific. Companies will no longer be considered as people in my future.
    I'm a Commensalist.
     
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    I'm not a fan of the legal fiction of considering companies as people full stop.
     
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    Right. Other than glasses or something you put on your head is there anyone talking about hardware that could replace them? Not implants though.
     
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    We're primarily visual creatures, so if we rule out implants (or impractical Sci Fi ideas like hats that use magnetic fields to stimulate the visual centres) we need something to produce an image in front of the eyes. That leaves some sort of glasses, a device with a screen, or a small projector. The screen could be a phone, or a rollable/foldable display, or maybe something worn on the forearm (though I don't see that last catching on). A projector needs something to project onto (projecting straight into the eyes sounds risky to me). So if the idea is "what comes after the smartphone?", and hence we rule the phone out, it seems to me that a combination of glasses for small amounts of personal data and a rollable display for when you want something larger, shared, or easier to interact with (assuming that you can touch or write on this display) would be the most practical option.
     
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    When you said forearm I got an idea.
    Projective Eye Black but in skintones!
    Something to project the image from mt eye bags to the edge just below my eyebrows. I'm getting old...
     

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