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The future is unfolding all around us. Over the next decade we will see a slew of new products that we can hardly imagine today.

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Future Phones

Future phones will be more than just phones, they will be all of your mobile devices combined into one. They may be transparent, flexible, self-cleaning, and shape-shifting, but one thing is for sure, they will be cool. futuristic watches

The Nokia Eco Sensorconcept consists a wearable sensor unit which can sense and analyze your environment, health, and local weather conditions, and a dedicated mobile phone.

Best Concept Cellphones

Top 10 concept phones

The ABC's of RFID

Radio Frequency Identification, (RFID), is poised to play a large role in improving customer service at your local retail store and you may never even know it is there.

RFID label peeled backWhat is RFID?

The overall concept of RFID is simple. Identify an object wirelessly. It is not much different from the bar codes seen on many products today. The advantage of RFID is the distance at which the product can be scanned (up to three meters away), and unlike bar code laser scans, the RFID reader does not need to "see" the object it is scanning. This allows a RFID reader to scan every product in your cart at checkout without removing them, or it can alert an inventory control manager that he needs to refill the shelves after Mrs. Jones stocks up on her special brand of cat food.

An RFID system consists of an RFID tag, which is made up of a tiny microchip and antenna, and an RFID reader. The RFID tag, which is small and flexible enough to fit inside a label, has internal memory that can store information about the product the label is adhered to. Some "smart labels" do not require batteries as they get their power from the radio waves transmitted by the reader. This type of smart labels are called passive because they don't emit any signal on their own. The newest RFID smart labels operate near the same frequency band as a cordless phone.

What are the Benefits of RFID?

Retail stores say they will use RFID to improve service and to reduce operating costs which could help lower prices. The biggest benefit to consumers will be better merchandise availability by ensuring that products are available when you need them. RFID can also keep track of expiration dates and let the manager know when it is time to remove an item from the shelves. RFID can be used in many ways to improve customer service, save time and reduce costs.

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LightSleeper

LightSleeper combines electroluminescent technology and textiles.

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Wearable Computers

Smart clothing design requires a team of artists, designers, scientists and engineers bringing their individual talents together to create garments that are as appealing as they are functional.

Future Fashion

3D Printing

Broke your coffee cup? Print a new one. From my point of view, 3D printing is one of the fastest growing sectors of the electronics industry. They are not just for prototypes any more. There are three-dimensional printers being developed to print everything from homes to human organs. Check it out. 3D printing

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Bionic Eye

Computer monitors the size of your cornea. Telescopic vision, but the first pair of electronic contact lenses will most likely be for a better application to aid the vision-impaired.

New displays show visionary potential

Someday We May Be Surfing With Our Eyes Closed

Your cornea is ringing

Bionic Eye Gives Blind Man Sight Once Again

Future of Electronics Articles, Blogs and Web Sites

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Future Electronics Articles
Title Source Date
Intel unveils series of wearable devices, including a smartwatch and fitness-tracking earbuds TNW 01/14
Conductive ink for flexible electronic books, displays, wearables KurzweilAi.net 01/14
Engineers make world's fastest organic transistor, herald new generation of see-through electronics PhysOrg 01/14
Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch review Youtube 10/13
Stanford scientists build first carbon nanotube computer Gizmag 09/13
Electronic tattoo monitors brain, heart and muscles NSF video 09/13
Wristband uses your heartbeat as a password Youtube 09/13
The Ring Clock: A wristwatch for your finger Gizmag 09/13
Spinning out the future of our electronic devices PhysOrg 08/13
First true 3D microchip created: Cambridge scientist KurzweilAi.net 01/13
LG begins mass production of first flexible, plastic e-ink displays ExtremeTech 03/12
Google terminator glasses 9to5Google 02/12
Glareless Glass, Flexible Solar-Powered E-Paper, And More Daily Mail 10/11
3D Printing and The Replicator Economy Txchnologist 08/11
5 Finger mouse w/video Crunch Gear 06/11
Coming to TV screens of the future: A sense of smell UC - San Diego 06/11
Robert Vamosi: Gadgets degrade our common sense Silicon.com 05/11
The next generation of E-ink may be on cloth (w/ video) PhysOrg 05/11
Google Sets Laptop Foray Wall Street Journal 05/11
Next generation electronic paper devices University of Cincinnati 02/11
A Flute Made on a 3D Printer, and the Possibilities to Come Create Digital Music 01/11
3D Moving Images Possible With New Hologram Technology University of Arizona video 11/10
Advance could change modern electronics Oregon State University 10/10
A tracking device that fits on the head of a pin PhysOrg 10/10
Pocket Projector Kurzweilai.net 09/10
Electronic skin can feel a fly's footsteps Stanford Report 09/10
High-speed graphene transistors achieve world-record 300 GHz Kurzweilai.net 09/10
Introducing Cornucopia, the food printer PhysOrg 07/10
Oil-based color pixels could let you watch videos on e-paper PhysOrg 07/10
Japan future gadgets YouTube video 06/08
What's Next for Consumer Gadgets? PC World 05/04

 

Future Gadgets Web Sites and Blogs
Title Description
Futuristic gadgets Future concept designs
Gizmodo Giant gadget site
Gadget Gallery PopSci
Future Gadgets Gadgets Fan
OLED technology OLED Gadgets
Top 10 Consumer Electronic Gadgets that Going to be Mass Popular My Digital Life

 

References
Article Sources
The ABC's of RFID Article by futureforall.org
RFID Smart Label photo courtesy of Printronix
Consumer Electronics of the Future Article by ffa
Future Phones Article by futureforall.org
Image from Nokia press room
LightSleeper Image from loop.pH Ltd press kit
Wearable Electronics Image courtesy of FrAcTuReD...fOtOs from Flickr
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