High hopes. Much disappointment.
To the dismay of many (myself included) the technological excitement and hype of the 2015's future technology, as seen in Back To The Future has left us all a bit soured.
It’s 2015, so where are our hover boards and flying cars?
So, it’s safe to assume over the next 12 months we probably won’t see flying cars or a functional hover board reach the market (we can hope though!), but below is what we can expect from the ‘futuristic’ year 2015:
Marty McFly’s Nike self-lacing sneakers
Rumour has it Nike will finally release the iconic self-lacing kicks that sci-fi nerds and shoe enthusiasts have been looking forward to for more than 25 years. In 2014 Nike designer Tinker Hatfield confirmed at the Agenda Emerge trade show that the shoe was in development and the Nike team was hard at work to get them out within 2015.
In saying this, Americans have had access to this service for 17 years, but in 2015 Australians will finally have official access to Netflix without the need for an American VPN. Netflix is a subscription-based provider of on-demand Internet streaming content, which will now be available to the Australian market from March 2015. Prices have still not been released, however a monthly US subscription to Netflix costs $8.99 (AUS $11.04).
Certain brands like Neato Robotics, iRobotic, Robomaid Australia, Hoover and Superhero have already had these machines on the market for a while, but in 2015 more larger companies, including Dyson and Samsung, have signed on to create their version of the robot vacuum. Could this future technology bring an to manually vacuuming? Fingers crossed!
Panasonic Virtual Mirror
“Mirror, mirror on the wall, which products will make me the fairest of them all?” That is what consumers will likely be saying when the Panasonic virtual mirror is fitted into department stores in 2015. The prototype of the virtual mirror was unveiled at the recent CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, which showcases future technology insights. The Panasonic mirror has the ability to use its in-built HD cameras to spot skin flaws and suggest products to fix them or assist in educating the consumer on makeup or facial hair styles that will suit their face shape.
Sony Smart B Trainer
Wearable tech was a real highlight of the recent CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas earlier this month, but this wearable fitness tech has gone against the on-trend wrist tech and gone for a headset design instead; a work-out coaching headset. The Sony Smart B Trainer prototype was displayed at the show, with the idea behind the device to operate as a music player that monitors the runner’s heart rate and tracks their progress with a GPS module, while also providing voice feedback to keep runner’s on their programmed exercise plan. For example, the voice coach could advise the runner when to speed up or slow down or provide general encouragement, etc.
1. Project Morpheus by PlayStation
With an expected release date sometime this year PlayStation will allow game enthusiasts the opportunity to experience gaming more intimately. PlayStation’s Project Morpheus virtual reality headset has been in the works since 2010 and while it is still subject to revisions, the latest prototype hosts a 5-inch LCD screen capable of 1920x1080 resolution and a 100-degree field of view.
During gameplay a player’s head and hand-operated controllers are tracked constantly in a 3D space to create the directional movements and speed of the character on screen. So far PlayStation demos for Project Morpheus have included Thief, The Deep, The Castle, EVE: Valkyrie and God of War 2 and two games have been announced for future release; Until Dawn, a survival horror game by Supermassive Games and Project Cars, a racing simulator game by Slightly Mad Games.
2. Occulus Rift by Samsung
Rivalling PlayStation’s Project Morpheus is Samsung’s Occulus Rift, which also aims to immerse gamers (and normal folk!) into the world of virtual reality. The virtual reality headset was recently bought out by Facebook for $US2 Billion, which suggests possible alternative uses outside of the gaming world. Rumours have been made that this piece of future technology may be used for architectural designs, virtual holidays, viewing films or perhaps Facebook will use the technology to create a social media network similar to that of the Sims or Second Life. The Occulus Rift currently has a 96-degree field of view on a 5.7inch HD display headset.
We may not have hover boards (yet!), but these are pretty darn exciting for the meantime, right?