In relation to computers, laptops and smartphones, tablets are somewhat of a new invention. In a sense, they are the missing link between smartphones and laptops, in terms of being large enough to perform sophisticated actions, yet small enough to be highly mobile.
Even if the tablets’ history is very brief, their future is extremely exciting, especially for all the tech geeks out there who can’t wait to see what manufacturers and developers will come up with next. Let’s review some of the future possibilities…
We all know that tablets are more of a passive than an active tool – they are perfect for web browsing and reading, but fall short in terms of productivity. People who deal with writing or designing, for example, currently have no use of a tablet as it doesn’t offer enough functionality.
Manufacturers are already figuring out that the future lies in laptop-tablet hybrids. Docking systems are already available to the public – the means with which you attach a keyboard to your tablet and have the option of performing much more actions. Some say that the future will make this even easier with the use of wireless keyboards.
And yet, tablets need bigger data storage capacity and faster CPUs to become tempting for designers. Designing software and files are extremely large and tough to process so developments in that direction are bound to be made very soon.
Manufacturers keep making tablets thinner and thinner, which is great in creating a very sleek appearance, but increases the chances of dropping and breaking the device. Some say that tiny airbags will be the safety net of tablets in the future. Research is already being done in this field and we might be seeing something similar very soon.
Looking further into the future, newspaper-like tablets appear. They will be thin as a sheet and completely foldable, making them very easy to handle and carry around. This idea might initially seem far-fetched, but current research and development into flexible OLED screens will someday make it possible.
With Google’s Project Glass and their newest Google Now widget expected in Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, it is safe to assume that devices of the future will be able to learn from our environment and our interactions with it. Give the technology a decade and our tablets might be able to ‘sense’ what is going around them and actually give us advice on various aspects of our lives including our current health condition.
The same sophisticated sensors mentioned in the above paragraph can have a very wide range of applications. Some researchers, for example, are working on systems which recognize your location and download relevant apps20 Must Have Android Apps For Your Smartphone. Read more ... » immediately. Upon arrival at a London airport, for instance, your tablet could get you a map and schedule of the underground, contact information for car rental services and much more. After you leave London, all downloaded apps will be automatically deleted.
AppleMost Expected Apple Products 2013. Read more ... » is already rumoured to be working on wireless charging methods for their next iPhones. Take the tablets and elevate matters even more to reach the conclusion that the tablets of the future will be solar-powered. No more carrying chargers around – just sit back on a lawn in the sun and do whatever you like for as long as you like.
Technology has a great way of surprising us with the unexpected. No matter how many rumours float around, and no matter how many assumptions we make, only time will tell how tablets will evolve. One thing is for sure, though – it will be exciting.
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