Monday, 18 June 2012

the future of the i-tablet

like or not the i-pad, the tablet is here to stay, and that one device is set to be a giant killer... in less than 5 years you wont recognise the old i-pad / tablet you used to use.

the real plus is only one device...

tabs of the future. Accessibility will be key. They must be handy, always.

Mobile phones will begin feeling the competition from tabs, just as PCs are seeing it now. You’ll phone in with your tab and video conference with others with live images on the screen.

car makers will clip them in place as a sat nav, but it will take over as the dashboard too...

it will including monitoring engines and mechanicals and even booking the car in for a service.

Control apps will be everywhere. Many households have a dozen or more remote controls, each operating a different device. All of these will be centralised on a tablet screen.

Tab apps will move far beyond the usual audio-visual remotes. You will control your security system, lighting and appliances on the tablet. It may be simple, such as turning on the washing machine from any room in the house, or as complex as managing efficient heating.

Tabs will replace our traditional cameras. New sensors will provide photos as good as expensive cameras (but not a pro slr, due to the limitation of the optics) Photos take up a lot of storage space, but that’s no problem. Every tablet will be automatically linked to an off-site storage server accessed by the “cloud,” a wireless computer network.

All these features greatly increase a tab’s power needs. so we will see a tab that charges in the car and has PV cells on the back to charge on the hop.

Batteries are being tested to catch up. One scheme uses silicone gel on lithium and offers up to 10 times the life of our present lithium-ion batteries.

Toshiba is working on a battery called SCiB that recharges to 90 percent capacity in five minutes. It lasts three to five times longer than the common lithium-ion.

Battery makers are hoping the future includes standardisation. Currently, they must make hundreds of different batteries to fit devices. They view computer tablets as a chance to standardise on a single battery for all devices. Battery prices would fall, and the batteries could be more environmentally sensible.

I am afraid for all you Luddites, the tablet is here to stay, and don't expect apple to be at the top of the food chain either, there are some other big players out there with a lot of money to invest. sooner or later China will realise that it doesn't have to just manufacture for other countries, look out for the Chi-pad, buy one get one free for £100.00. its coming, and its coming sooner than you think...

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