Where will the future take us?
We always think that the technology of tomorrow will be based on what is around us today.
But will it?
Jump aboard our time machine
and see where it takes you.
The market for parts production has changed for good. As a maintenance engineer, carrying around lots of spare parts ready to fit in the event of breakdown is old hat. Today you call up the part you need online and 3D print it.
Predictive maintenance uses smart sensors to highlight wear and prevent breakdowns before they happen.Read more >>
Product manufacturers gather more data about you than ever. What used to be called Big Data is now here. Products are made to match your exact specifications and finished goods delivered to you by whatever means you choose.
Highly efficient organisations utilising intelligent M2M with smart sensors make it all possible.Read more >>
A revolution has taken place in digital payment over the last 10 years. Today most of us pay for goods using our mobile wallet or an ultra-secure credit card.
Lightning quick speed of payment is guaranteed which means stores have more footfall. It’s convenient for all!Read more >>
Advanced building construction techniques first used back in the 2015 Crossrail project are used today throughout the building industry.
3D printers make many of the building components. They are fitted on-site by robots and autonomous vehicles. Aerial mapping by drones compares progress against plan to rectify issues as they happen.Read more >>
Who needs 4G? A new, fifth generation of mobile phone technology (5G) gives us data transfer speeds up to 1Tbps – as fast a fibre optics - but wireless.
Remote businesses communicate instantly. Video conferencing on the move is effortless. And when you’re at home, downloading video takes just milliseconds.Read more >>
Declining costs of batteries and massively improved capacity mean electric cars are now the norm. Travelling up to 745 miles per charge is easy. Old petrol-engined models consign themselves to museums, along with even more ancient relics: steam trains.Read more >>
The ‘Internet of things’ is no longer talked about. Devices, sensors, machines and all the stuff we wear, have implanted in us, and use daily, communicate with each other without us being aware. As Google’s Eric Schmidt predicted in 2015, the internet has become just part of our presence.Read more >>
Who needs old fashioned Wi-Fi? Li-Fi has replaced it as the best way to transfer wireless signals locally at high speed.
LED lights are used to transmit and receive signals by dipping and dimming the light many times a second. It’s super-secure, superfast and drags what used to be called the Internet of Things well into the 2030s.Read more >>
Using today’s power storage techniques, all of our tools, cars and aeroplanes are electrically powered. Supercapacitors help to fast-charge items and vehicles in minutes, not hours.
Polymers developed some years ago are the key. They’re used to create extremely high energy-density supercapacitors with very high energy storage capabilities.Read more >>
Today’s quantum computers, which carry out millions of processes at the same time, enable new drugs to combat disease to be developed faster than ever.
Countless molecular variations of a potential drug are tested quickly to find one that’s effective against a disease. Identifying one that works, and even personalising it to you, becomes easy.Read more >>
Manufacturing has changed. Industry 4.0 became simply "Industry" and digitisation and big data allow smart factories to be massively more cost efficient than of old.
Today’s highly advanced Automotive plants, for instance, create a single variation of body style, dashboard, seat finish and more, to order, in minutes. And doing so is as efficient as producing many.Read more >>
For local journeys, autonomous cars are the order of the day. A quarter of all miles travelled are in shared cars from ride-sharing companies. Cars are summoned from a smartphone. And being fully autonomous, they have no driver.Read more >>
Electronic engineers striving for even greater miniaturisation, working hand-in-hand with the medical sector, have made sensing and diagnostic devices small enough to help cure many more medical conditions.
The result? We live to at least 100!Read more >>
The sun still shines bright and all our mobile and wearable devices are powered by it. Developments in photovoltaic technology mean tiny, lightweight solar cells in flexible polymer are used for things which, years ago, would have been impossible.Read more >>
Using techniques harnessed twenty years ago to create Graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms with the strength of steel, we now enjoy making new materials on spec with properties defined by us, to meet the industrial needs of the day.Read more >>
Robots with intelligence perform thousands of jobs once carried out by humans. And they're cheaper to employ.
The good news? Humans now have more fulfilling, higher paid jobs and have retained all those involving creativity or empathy with other human beings.Read more >>
Forecasting the future based on technology we have today is foolish. History has taught us that the future will be not only stranger than we think, but stranger than we can think.
In truth, we really can't imagine what it will be like. New technologies will continue to be invented with no clue as to where they may lead us. After all, who could have guessed in 1975 that, forty years later, we’d be controlling our home’s heating with the telephone?Read more >>