Notebookcheck Logo

3 future tech developments to actually be excited about

Hopefully our future tech will be less Terminator, and more The Jetsons. (Image source: various/author - edited)
Hopefully our future tech will be less Terminator, and more The Jetsons. (Image source: various/author - edited)
From foldable phones to floppy CPUs, the future of tech is bright and ever-changing. Some of the technologies of the future are obviously still in their infancy but let's have a look at some of the most exciting upcoming developments anyway.
Article compiled by Julian van der Merwe
The choices and comments made on this list belong solely to the author.

1. Mature foldable phones

Foldable phones have been around since Royole released its Flexpai in 2018. It was mostly seen as a cool concept but lacking in execution. In 2019 and onwards, the folding floodgates broke and manufacturers including Samsung, Motorola, Huawei, and Xiaomi all joined the race to make the best foldable.

Arguably, the best executions to date have been Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold3 5G and Galaxy Z Flip3 5G. While more recent foldables have improved on the flaws of their forebears, they are still often overpriced and under-equipped. Foldables currently tend to lack features and tech found in more regular form factors, like waterproofing, durable display materials and reasonable battery capacities. 

It may be necessary for manufacturers to reinvent a few more wheels and drop prices in order to make the foldable phone more ubiquitous. Finding a way to make scratch-resistant displays would be a huge first step. 

One early teething issue encountered in the Samsung Galaxy Fold was a plastic layer on the screen that many people peeled off, thinking it was a screen protector. It was not. (Image source: @MKBHD on Twitter)
One early teething issue encountered in the Samsung Galaxy Fold was a plastic layer on the screen that many people peeled off, thinking it was a screen protector. It was not. (Image source: @MKBHD on Twitter)

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra makes no such compromises and is available on Amazon

2. Affordable electric vehicles

Long-range, convenient electric vehicles are truly a marvel of the 21st century. While it may be common knowledge that electric motors predate the combustion engine, most people don't realise that the first electric vehicle was invented in 1832. It has taken almost 200 years for battery and charging technology to catch up with the concept of electric cars.

Unfortunately, the technology still has a way to go before electric vehicles are a commodity item and can really compete with internal combustion engine-equipped cars. While auto makers have come a long way in developing the tech, even the most basic electric vehicles with pitiful range are unreasonably expensive.

Until prices come down, nobody will be saving any planets by buying an electric car, which is a shame since they're incredibly exciting. Electric vehicles often have more torque, are more quiet and more reliable, and have fewer moving parts to service. 

The 149-mile Nissan Leaf with the lowest trim level comes in at US$28,425 and is currently the cheapest EV available in the USA. (Image source: Nissan)
The 149-mile Nissan Leaf with the lowest trim level comes in at US$28,425 and is currently the cheapest EV available in the USA. (Image source: Nissan)

3. Next-gen CPU designs

The underlying design and concept of the CPUs made by Intel and AMD remain largely unchanged from the Intel 8086, released in 1978. Silicon transistors switch between states in order to process data. The biggest changes we have seen in desktop computing are the number and type of transistors being used. 

This changed somewhat as the ARM architecture has grown, especially since Apple started using its own silicon in its Mac and iMac products. ARM has proven to be very efficient and powerful, even matching the performance of desktop hardware in a smaller power envelope. However, ARM is not the only innovation we can expect in the CPU space in the coming years.

There are flexible, plastic CPUs that could be a great solution for the bending and flexing world of future smartphones. These could also help relieve the world's dependence on silicon and water-intensive manufacturing processes. Quantum computing could change the way we process and secure data and information entirely.

RISC-V (Reduced Instruction Set Computer Five) is a modular, open-source architecture that is pitched to reduce the complexity and cost involved in designing custom CPUs and make smaller devices and microprocessors far more efficient. These are new technologies that have already started to revolutionise the form factors and designs of our everyday devices. The future for tech looks bright.  

PragmatIC Semiconductor produces flexible, plastic microprocessors and CPUs that can get around the design and cost limitations of normal silicon. (Image source: PragmatIC Semiconductors)
PragmatIC Semiconductor produces flexible, plastic microprocessors and CPUs that can get around the design and cost limitations of normal silicon. (Image source: PragmatIC Semiconductors)
Read all 2 comments / answer
static version load dynamic
Loading Comments
Comment on this article
Please share our article, every link counts!
.170
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2022 03 > 3 future tech developments to actually be excited about
Julian van der Merwe, 2022-03-13 (Update: 2022-03-13)