Undoubtedly, technology is changing the way we live and work. There’s scarcely any sphere of life remaining that’s been untouched by technology.
It’s improving the way we play, entertain ourselves, communicate with others, know about the world and travel.
One technology that’s chief among them is wireless tech. In a universe made of waves, it’s only fitting that the next breakthrough that could change everything be founded on wireless innovation.
Today we’re going to see how wireless technology will change the world.
iOT that will extend to all home appliances
The Internet of Things or iOT is where we connect hardware to the internet. Most hardware that can be connected to the internet consists of wireless routers, PC/laptop or tablets and phones/phablets.
Think about extending the connections to appliances like a washing machine or toaster.
Intel introduced a new chip at the recent CES event. This chip can be integrated with home appliances to make them connected to the internet.
Now, think of a washing machine that can order itself new washing powder when it runs out of supply. Better yet, think of a machine that can download repair tutorials and order spare parts and repair itself.
Think of a future where a 3D printing machine prints food for you after downloading recipes from the internet.
This will require huge bandwidth, the kind that can only be supported by a 5G wireless network but once the infrastructure is in place, iOT is only limited by imagination.
Music without messy wires
For a lot of people, listening to music is some kind of ritual where everything needs to be perfect.
Wires, for the most part are perfectly capable of ruining an experience that most people look forward to.
Music without wires in between can provide much needed freedom to audiophiles.
Apple, for example is one of the pioneers in this matter. Apple’s Airplay works with multiple devices without any loss in audio quality. The only exception is that it doesn’t work with Android devices.
Airplay doesn’t compress music files, resulting in no loss when executing them and that’s one of many reasons why we love them.
Bose’s new wi-fi based wireless music system SoundTouch is making the rounds these days. SoundTouch only works with Bose devices to stream music. However these devices can be remote controlled by an app on iOS, Android, Mac and Windows.
Talk about comfort music eh?
Wireless charging will go mainstream
Wireless charging at the moment is in its infancy. Simply put, wireless charging uses electromagnetic waves for transferring power from one point to another point.
This kind of charging adds safety to the process, since inductive charging doesn’t cause short circuits or electrocution.
It works on the principle of resonance. So both the device and the charge point remain at the same frequency when being charged. This presents another advantage, that of charging multiple devices simultaneously.
The current obstacle to wireless charging is that it’s slow compared to wired charging. But as with every innovation, we will get there eventually. Another disadvantage is that compared to direct charging, this technology is only 70% efficient at best.
Currently, only smartphones have wireless chargers but not very long in the future we’ll be able to witness wireless charging extending to everything, including home appliances and automobiles.
They will not only be able to charge in a wireless manner but also communicate without wires.
All of which brings me to my next point.
Intelligent wireless sensor networks
Such sensor networks can be employed when data gathering is required for large sample sizes.
Imagine a million sensors capable of recording data related to traffic, weather conditions, temperature, humidity etc. and relaying everything over to your car to make the right decision.
Such wireless sensor networks are already being employed by researchers to study birds by fitting small sensors onto hundreds of thousands of bird nests.
There’s no reason why it can’t be adapted to solve bigger problems.
Broadband with Terabit Satellite
It’s often difficult for people in remote regions to be able to access internet. Wireless cellular connections seldom have any signal strength in those areas.
However satellites can send signals to remote and sparsely populated areas without any fuss.
Most satellites that circle the globe can send up to 2400 gigabits of data per second and they’re mostly used for weather data, research and surveillance. However, ViaSat a satellite company, along with Boeing has embarked on a new project to create and deploy three Terabit satellites.
These satellites deliver data speeds of 1 Terabit per second which is much higher than that of conventional satellites. They will be used to deliver internet access to remote regions and also to sailors and people in merchant navy ships.
Not only will it help with maritime communications but also largely improve communication between airlines and jets.
When all three satellites roam the skies, the combined internet capacity delivered will be higher than everything we have seen so far.
Google’s Project Fi
Innovative companies like SpaceX are already launching satellites to provide internet connectivity to all areas with satellites. Google’s project balloon aims at dotting the sky with thousands of balloons that will provide 5G internet all over the world.
However, what’s most interesting is Google’s Project Fi which is being beta tested now.
It’s a wireless network that lets the user switch between carriers without swapping SIM cards. The network chooses the best carrier based on the strength at a given place and time. It adds much needed convenience and frees customers from the tyranny of network carriers.
What I think of the future?
With all the advances that are being made, I feel that the future will be very interesting. We will be able to find more ways to able to interact with others through technology. Boredom will be thing of the past.
There will be fewer accidents and more control over every aspect of life with intelligent devices and better technology at the forefront. Innovation will fight all problems that currently crush humanity and a better tomorrow awaits us all.