Tagged 'the future'

What Will Your Home Look Like in 2020?

Posted by Ryan Manchee on January 29th, 2013 at 9:33 am

Remember the sound of your computer connecting to the World Wide Web? That screeching and scratching to pull and push information eventually disappeared and soon our computers were always connected. Then our phones became connected, and TVs, tablets, and on and on.
There are more connected devices than there are people, roughly two per person in the world. And the number of devices is only going to increase as our homes, and the gadgets and appliances in them, become even more connected. A big theme amidst the tech mayhem at CES this year, the Connected Home is turning into a real-life domestic internet.
What exactly could your home look like by 2020?
Clean the house
Robotic vacuums weren’t enough, now our vacuums are cleaning and connected. Taking cleaning to the next level, the next phase of robotic vacuums are streaming live HD video and can be controlled remotely via our smartphones. Washing machines will be able to provide targeted ads and relevant coupons when your detergent is running low.
Heat the house
Our thermostat will optimize based upon our habits for maximum energy efficiency and comfort. Are you going to be home early or maybe you have to head out of town... Read more

Why Buy When You Can Print?

Posted by Nicola Smith on June 12th, 2012 at 8:23 am

Where would we be if Gutenberg had not combined paper, ink, the screw press and movable type to bring us the printing press?  Well, I wouldn’t have a stack of magazines sitting on my desk. More importantly, we wouldn’t have the foundation for the mass distribution of information that we have today.  In other words, the true innovation driven by the printing press is the democratization of written communication. What’s more amazing is that we’re facing another revolutionary shift right now.
This revolution doesn’t have to do with the development of written content or information, but rather the physical production of products.  What I’m referring to is 3D printing technology. It’s a wave of innovation that’s about to hit us – and the industries we support – like a Muhammad Ali knockout punch to the jaw.
For those who aren’t familiar with the technology, 3D printers allow a user to manufacture or build an actual, workable item or product (including kinetic functionality) layer by layer, similar to the way that ink printers create an image on a piece of paper.
3D printing is often called additive manufacturing, and its real strength is that it’s much less reliant upon economies of scale, allowing for... Read more