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Wired's Wish List For 2013

timothy posted more than 11 years ago | from the any-excuse-for-some-rendering dept.

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jpt.d writes "Wired has a nice article on what they wish to be for 2013. It is not too far fetched either! My personal favorite is the roll up television screen made of light-emitting-polymer. How about another Apple gadget? Their first item is an iPhone bracelet, including the functionality of a 'PDA, wireless Internet, a mini iPod, and, of course, a phone.' Notice the Apple logo in the picture." I'd settle for ubiquitous unmetered wireless network access.

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fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527366)

YESSS I am first finnally

Re:fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527378)

You fail it!!! I got the NAKED POST!! I am TOTALLY NAKED!!! I just got laid by my girlfriend and then got the NAKED POST!!! Bet you can't say that!!!!! Stupid asshat!

Re:fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527408)

Funny thing... a couple months ago, I had my first "gay" experience when I went down on a guy. The funny thing was that he kept talking about linux. I shit you not. It was all I could do to keep from laughing. Its become so cliche... linux/gay... funny as hell.

Re:fp (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527430)

Only real men use Linux. It's the f4gortz that use Windows. I'm a straight man an I only use Linux for everything because I've got balls. Little pencil necked geeks use Windows because they are too pussy to wrap their minds around a real OS. Instead they are all too happy to wrap their lips around Billy Gates' limp cock to inflate his ego. When I bang my wife and who her how to use a real OS, she's always impressed at how I can use my fingers to digitally manipulate her and the computer at the same time. All Windows geeks only digitally manipulate their own cocks or their boifriend's cocks at the same time. All f4g0rtz... every Windows geek. Linux is a real OS for real me with big balls and hard cocks who fuck women like there is no tomorrow. Oh yeah... and we take away any women you might have had a crack at because once they see our real man OS, they can't bear the thought of getting gay VD from you.

Re:fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527450)

Can we see a trend starting here??

You're right. Neither can I. It is however nice that such intelligent, thoughtful, people took the time to let us know exactly what they wanted out of life.

Hasta,

--W

Re:going down... (-1, Offtopic)

bluxus (657798) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527471)

You must have been doing a fairly poor job on the poor sap. Of course, he could have been talking about linux to divert concentration from the intense pleasure he derived from your efforts. Either way, awesome post. Keep 'em coming...all over the place.

Re:fp (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527575)

Hmm, how about a cartoon showing the windows logo sucking the dick of the linux logo. Could it actually be that way in 10 years? Or maybe 2?

NAKED POST!!!!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527368)

I am TOTALLY NAKED!!!!!! With Naked Posts, you don't have to be first, you just have to be NAKED!!!!!!

Re:NAKED POST!!!!!! (-1, Troll)

Trolling4Dollars (627073) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527582)

I really like these new NAKED POSTS. They are a much better alternative to the silly first posts. A lot more "with the times" if you know what I mean... Kind of like the folks that used to streak back in the 70s. I hope more trolls start using NAKED POSTS instead of first posts. I am not a troll myself, so I will not be posting these. (I've already posted one, and that's my quota. I typically only post one troll if it's a new trend) So... take it away Slashtrolls... I'm not a troll, I just like to make friends with trolls. BTW... read ">this [slashdot.org] and comment please. If you like it then befriend me. :)

FP MUTHAFUCKA! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527369)

This is a first post! Eat shit and die! From K-Dawg!

Calling All Jews ! Important ! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527379)

Attention Jewish Slashdotters: Monday, March 17th is the Fast of Esther. This is a very important fast day, which is so especially clear this year. The fast begins at 4:48am and ends at 6:38pm Monday night. For those who are not familiar with the observance of a fast, Jewish law requires that we abstain from any food or drinks for the entire fast.

Even if you don't go to shul, please remember to pray, along with Klal Yisrael, "for the safety of our brothers and sisters in Eretz Yisrael and throughout the world, and for the protection of all the brave young men and women in the Allied Forces." (quote from a rabbi in LA)

It is said that G-d is especially attentive to our united prayer on this fast day.

Monday night the Megillah is read for the beginning of Purim. Tuesday is the celebration of Purim. Please read the book of Esther if you are not familiar with the story of our military victory.

Re:Calling All Jews ! Important ! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527391)

I'm praying for another Adoolf Hilter to wipe you all out for good!

Re:Calling All Jews ! Important ! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527611)

JEWISH return Palestine to the real OWNERS!!!!!!

Whoopee... (0, Troll)

NilObject (522433) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527380)

More of the same old stuff... "I WANT THIS!!!" "GIMME GIMME GIMME" "ME WANT NOW!!!" In the meantime, I'm quite content with my Cheez-Its while I toy around with this PC I found in a dumpster. P.S. Can we give up the goddamn "iPDA" crap???

Re:Whoopee... (3, Interesting)

Doppler00 (534739) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527523)

I found a 17" monitor next to a dumpster recently. Really, it was better than most of my old ones. It's amazing the useful things people throw out simply because something "better" has come along.

I also noticed a PC in the dumpster one time but I decided to pass on thatt one.

X^2 (4, Funny)

absurdhero (614828) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527388)

you know, that X squared OS by Apple they show on the 2013 wristband is nicknamed Parabola.

Re:X^2 (1)

hgp (543012) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527565)

I read this as OS 100 (being an apple zealot, OS "X" is after all OS "10"). I can't possibly see how apple can get 90 major releases out between now and 2013 and I expect by that stage I shouldn't need to wear a watch, it should get directly downloaded into my brain.

First Prime Factorization Post (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527389)

2013 = 3 * 11 * 61

Re:First Prime Factorization Post (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527616)

You know, if you wrote a program by 2013 which could easily factor prime numbers, you would be a very rich man indeed. Well, Bill Gates would at least give you a job. :-D

Utility Run Internet Access (5, Interesting)

FunkSoulBrother (140893) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527390)

BY 2013, we need to have net access (whether wireless or wired) run like a utility rather than a commodity. There is no need to have companies like Sprint trying to make a killing by artifically restricting what really should be a near-limitless resource (bandwidth).

Let the gov't run the backbones.

Re:Utility Run Internet Access (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527410)

Shouldn't government have a backbone in the first place?
I know mine is filled with knee-jerking, greedy zionist whores.

As a concerned American patriot, (-1, Offtopic)

Patri0t (659617) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527438)

I am ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas. I sure didn't elect that cowboy!

Re:As a concerned Soviet patriot, (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527462)

no majority elected our presid^H^H^H^H^H^Hdictator

in soviet russia dictator elects you

Re:As a concerned Soviet patriot, (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527488)

elect you for execution that is

Re:As a concerned American patriot, (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527483)

Neither did I. I voted for Nader since he was the person closest to my views. Unfortunately, I see now that our election system is as hopelessly broken as the Slashdot moderation system. I have a choice next election. I can vote for whoever is not Bush but will likely win the election compared to other candidates, or... stick with what I really believe in and vote for someone who upholds my real values. That's a hard choice because I hate being a hypocrite... and that's what voting for Gore would have made me. He's not as evil as Bush, but he's not different enough either... Gawd I hate politics!!!

Re:As a concerned American patriot, (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527491)

Vote for Nader == Throwing a vote away
Vote for Bush == May as well be voting for Satan
Vote for Lieberman == US will become the 2nd state of Israel

I hope we get at least one sensible candidate this time... not like our votes even counted last time...

Re:Utility Run Internet Access (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527540)

Moderators on drugs? That crap gets a +4?

Companies like Sprint do not artificially limit bandwidth. Have you ever price a T3 that crosses a state line? The high cost of long-distance data lines is most of the cost of bandwidth. As long as the Bell monopolies can charge huge prices and states can add huge taxes, bandwidth will remain expensive.

Shurely Shome Mishtake (3, Insightful)

squaretorus (459130) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527555)

When did government ever do anything better, cheaper, quicker than industry? Net access will stay in the private sector because any government can't afford to make it public for a list of reasons starting with 'they can't afford it' and running through to 'they'll fuck it up anyway'.

Net access is a commodity already - pretty soon it will be a utility in the same way petrol stations are. Think petrol stations - not roads. I dont have to sign an exclusive lock in 12 month deal with shell to fill up my tank - and soon enough I wont have to sign up to a long deal for access either - hopefully.

The question is - is 2013 soon!!!

Internet access (4, Funny)

bm_luethke (253362) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527393)

I too would settle for unlimited wireless internet access everywhere. While we are at it I would settle for a few million and a supermodel wife who is also a contortionist.

Re:Internet access (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527536)

What song is your sig from? It's driving me crazy trying to remember it... :)

Re:Internet access (1)

mivok (621790) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527550)

You'd be more likely to get the latter.
Something tells me that outside of university dorms, internet access is going to be overpriced for a long long time.

apple (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527395)

I've never really cared much for apple products, but damn i want that watch...though there may be problems with the scroll/whatever action if the motion detector always responds to quick wrist motions :)

song change at embarrassing time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527477)

now my songs can change when I'm wanking...what joy!

instead of using "sound recognition technology (4, Funny)

Error27 (100234) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527399)

just put a blasted alarm clock in them...

Sheesh.

Re:instead of using "sound recognition technology (1)

Error27 (100234) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527411)

oops...

I accidentally held shift and enter at the same time.

Re:instead of using "sound recognition technology (2, Insightful)

Thomas M Hughes (463951) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527447)

The way the ear plugs were described in the article, it sounds as if its more then just for getting a good night's sleep. Instead, you could set them to only hear one person, and then put them in, and have a decent conversation in an incredibly crowded room. Or you could set them to listen to a movie, so when someone's cell phone went off, you wouldn't hear it. Etc, etc.

Re:instead of using "sound recognition technology (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527485)

Sounds like Bush Junior is already using these... he's tuned out the protesters, the United Nations, and the only voice he can hear is his daddy saying "kill them all, W... kill them all..."

Re:instead of using "sound recognition technology (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527489)

Actually, Bush Sr. has told Bush Jr. to not go to war with Iraq without the support of the UN. The father was rather big on coalition building, whereas the son doesn't seem to care what anyone thinks.

Re:instead of using "sound recognition technology (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527504)

I think everybody should send a box of pretzels to the White House on April Fools Day... you think he'd get the hint?

Robot Slave (3, Funny)

ufoman (544261) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527400)

I hope by 2013 I can own a robot that will get first post on /.

Re:Robot Slave (3, Interesting)

BrookHarty (9119) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527591)

Actually, where are the damn robot servants? The ones who can cook/clean/fetch beer.

Also, wheres the AI programs that can run errands for me, like pay the bills online, record my TV shows, remind me about important dates. Oh, an AI lawyer and account would be nice too.

The cars that can drive themselves, and let me read a book on the way to work.

With dual incomes becoming the norm just to live in the USA, where are the time saving robot/AI programs to give us more time to spend with the family. Work a ten hour day, commute for 2 hours, sleep for 8, doesnt leave much time to eat dinner with the family and and wind down from work.

Earplugs (2, Interesting)

Patik (584959) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527404)

Those programmable noise-cancelling earplugs will be great next time I go to see the Dave Matthews Band and just want to hear the music, not the 20,000 screaming teenage girls.

Re:Earplugs (1)

Evil Adrian (253301) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527513)

Why would you go to a concert and completely ignore the atmosphere? If you're going to do that, you may as well just put on a Dave Matthews Band DVD, set the DSP to "Hall" or "Theater" and save yourself the money on tickets and parking.

Dude, you wanna brownie? (0, Offtopic)

scubacuda (411898) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527514)

That's not nearly as much fun watching Phish fans in the parking lot get baked on "magic" brownies / cookies / rice cripy squares.

Re:Earplugs (2, Interesting)

trelanexiph (605826) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527535)

what about those of us who go to the dave matthews band concerts for the 20,000 screeming teenage girls. the ladies at the DMB concert at Deer Creek are beautiful every year, and I end up dancing with a lot of them.
Being an acual Dave Matthews Band fan I would like this for the bootlegs though, screeming teenage girls are much more fun when you're dancing with them, but are an unwanted aspect of bootleg recordings.

Were is my... (1)

Trolling4Dollars (627073) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527406)

...GUI editable CLI for UNIX (Real edit, cut and paste, not the middle button stuff)

-Eye tracking device for use with Dasher [cam.ac.uk]

-MIDI to Ethernet adapter to wire up Internet music jams with other musicians

etc...

Re:Were is my... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527538)

hey dipshit... you can remap your precious keys to
cut and paste if you cannot handle the eliteness of mouse cut and paste, or get a real keyboard with cut and paste buttons, not this silly PC ctrl-v etc stuff.

Re:Were is my... (1)

Trolling4Dollars (627073) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527571)

You missed the point. When I say edit, cut and paste... I mean that you can highlight the text in xterm and actually cut it out of the display. I hate having to use the arrow keys to go back and change or delet something in the line. I should be able to just click somewhere in the previous command with the mouse and have my cursor just "be there" so I can make my changes from that point without the arrow keys. Apparently you don't use UNIX very much do you?

wireless net access (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527415)

I'd settle for ubiquitous unmetered wireless network access.
what are you? some sort of terrorist? 'cuz you know they're the only ones who would want publicly accessable wireless.

All I want by 2013... (2, Offtopic)

Evil Adrian (253301) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527419)

... is for Pink Floyd to make one more album.

Re:All I want by 2013... (1, Offtopic)

gid13 (620803) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527522)

i heard (god only knows where so this is probably completely unreliable) that pink floyd (sans waters, of course) was doing recording, but that they were only planning to release it if they liked the way it came out in the studio. regardless of whether or not this is true, what a concept.

An alternative to paper-magazines (4, Interesting)

Sanity (1431) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527422)

I would settle for some form of alternative to those wasteful paper magazines. If only we had a way to access information almost instantly, and where you didn't need a bunch of money to finance distribution of your rainforest-killing paper-based publication.

I mean, yes, it would be tragic for those journalistic egos to be deflated by the fact that Joe-shmoe could now publish his thought and be judged based on the quality of work alone, rather than his ability to schmoose editors and such-like.

But either way, I am sure that a forward-thinking publication such as Wired News would certainly advocate publication over such a system, and would quickly realize the futility of wasteful and ugly paper-based approaches.

</asshole>

Re:An alternative to paper-magazines (3, Funny)

n3k5 (606163) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527506)

I would settle for some form of alternative to those wasteful paper magazines.
That would be cool indeed. Instead of delivering information on paper, we could transport it in digital form to handheld display devices, which would greatly speed up the publication process. Once we've found a way how to transport and view electronic publications, we get a lot of goodies almost for free, like alternate document structures. Instead of being presented in a linear fashion, content could be like a tree or even like a web, so you don't have to skim through pages of moderately interesting text, but easily pick out what you need. There could be virtual connections to material for further reading. Some dude in CERN is in fact working at this technology, he calls it 'hyperlink'. Eventually, these publications could even form a world wide web of documents.

But I don't think Joe Schmoe would be ready to use that yet; you're way ahead of time, Sanity!

Re:An alternative to paper-magazines (1)

LittleBigLui (304739) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527541)

Some dude in CERN is in fact working at this technology, he calls it 'hyperlink'. Eventually, these publications could even form a world wide web of documents.


Yes, and i'm gonna patent that amazing technology NOW and be rich THEN! For great Profit!!

I want a world that isnt a black ball of (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527425)

radioactive soot.
Kill Bush now and save us all!

Re:I want a world that isnt a black ball of (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527445)

Right on brother!!! 70% of the US population is opposed to this ridiculous "war" that Bush proposes. The man is a psychpath with severe issues surrounding his father. The sooner we oust this fiend from office the better. If he gets re-elected, I'm leaving this country. Canada... Australia... England... Russia... Anything has to be better than the US run by an idiot suicidal maniac and a bunch of greedy bastards.

Re:I want a world that isnt a black ball of (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527464)

So you're saying that bombing Iraq and sending in tanks doesn't constitute war? What does then?

Re:I want a world that isnt a black ball of (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527453)

Yo!

What Wired will really get... (5, Funny)

joelparker (586428) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527440)

5. Enforced Digital Rights Management from the unholy alliance of the MPAA, RIAA, and CIA. 4. Total Information Awareness alerts when you download anything on Kazaa, which has relocated to the moon. 3. Duke Nukem Forever... coming soon... 2. Microsoft+DOJ releases Office 2013 on six DVDs, then buys China. 1. Holographic spam for Nigerian penis enlargement. ...And what's on YOUR wish list for 2013? :) Cheers, Joel

Re:What Wired will really get... (1)

gid13 (620803) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527528)

>unholy alliance of the MPAA, RIAA, and CIA can we call them the AAxis of evil? :) dammit, then kazaa would fit in... ah what the hell, it's full of spyware anyway

The 10th Anniversary of (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527441)

Bush's assassination.

Re:The 10th Anniversary of (0, Offtopic)

Trolling4Dollars (627073) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527451)

Someone mod this up. This is the funniest post I've seen on Slashdot in years. Even funnier than the recent NAKED POSTs.

Re:The 10th Anniversary of (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527545)

hint:

when posting "mod parent up" type stuff, use AC while it lasts ;^)

well, I suppose the same applies for advice posts like this, maybe. kind of...

Re:The 10th Anniversary of (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527614)

In compliance with new Homeland Security ordinances, Anonymous Coward is now considered a terrorist and is to be considered armed and dangerous. Using Bush and ass in the same sentence is a violation of the Redundancy Act and is punishable by flogging. Report any future postings by Mr/Ms Anonymous Coward or you too will be flagged as a terrorist.

Combination devices... (4, Interesting)

singularity (2031) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527443)

The problem with all of these combination devices is that no device is going to do everything well. I have a somewhat small wrist and larger watches seem huge. At the same time, I want a large color display for my PDA.

These two things work against each other.

The display on my phone is not important (especially if I can use it as a simple modem for my PDA), but the button size is. I do not want a combination PDA and phone (think Treo and others) since I want a small phone (since I carry that on me at all times) and will take a somewhat larger PDA since I can choose to carry that or not.

So I want a small display phone with non-small buttons.
I want a PDA with a large color display (I currently have at Clie 665c to give an example).
I want a small watch with small buttons (I have a Nike Triax 42)
I want a small camera with a decent display and good optics (I have a Canon S200)
I want a MP3 player with a decent display and small size (I have an iPod)

One thing I really want is a Bluetooth-like personal network. If I pull out my PDA, I want it to sense my cell phone in my pocket and use it to connect to the internet. I want my PDA to recognize my camera and download pictures from that. if I have a laptop with me, I want it to do the same thing.

So available wireless internet is one thing, but I would rather have workable, wireless personal networks (meaning on my body).

Even better would be the ability to have a neetworked storage device somewhere (wallet, etc) that could work as a networked storage device for everything else I am carrying at once. No more carrying a 10gig iPod, a PDA with a 128meg MemoryStick and a camera with a 128meg CompacFlash card. Ideally the iPod would simply be used as storage by all devices without wires.

This would allow easy modularity without trying to pack everything into once device.

[If someone tries to patent this idea in the future, I suppose my idea cannot be used as prior art. I think I have to actually implement the idea, right? Any non-lawyers out there want to comment?]

So you have small wrists but big finger tips... (1)

dapic (527891) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527516)

are you him(or them?) who was NOT nominated for the Oscar this year? ;)

Possible iPhone Interaction Methods (4, Interesting)

canowhoopass.com (197454) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527590)

In 10 years Apple (or someone else) might be ready to pioneer the holographic interface [slashdot.org] to work with this iPhone.

Possible Output Methods

  • Earphone - Music, beeps, and speach.
  • Wrist Watch - Vibrations, lcd display, music/beeps/speech
  • Eye Glass Hookup - Display readout, images, movies, to optional ($$) digital eye glasses.
  • Holographic Display - Flies out from watch when needed. (Why Not?)

Possible Input Methods

  • Buttons on watch Old fasioned but it works
  • Voice - Speech recognition
  • Video camera on board - It can determine light levels, and perhaps even facial recognition
  • Motion Sensor - Flick of the wrist to change modes.
  • Interactive hologram - coupling a hologram with the motion sensor, the iPhone can allow you to hit buttons out of thin air.
  • Eye wear - Coupled with the digital display, it can track your eyeballs to determine your wishes. It can also look/record forwards. If you get too close to something (like walking into a tree) it'll turn off.

So in closing... everyone complaining about the size of the iPhone being to small to see anything on, is being short sighted.

Rod!

Drawing on your retina makes a lot of sence (2, Interesting)

Max Romantschuk (132276) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527469)

I believe Wired is right on the spot when it comes to a screen technology incorporated into a pair of glasses. It's really the only thing that makes sense when you need your hands.

But it's not just for athletes. Technology like that is already being used in medicine (look up stuff while you operate), and I believe that when you couple it with GPS navigation you could do way cool navigational aids (think drawing arrows on the ground, you just follow).

I've been waiting for this a long time already... why can't it be ready now? ;)

How about.... (5, Funny)

tankdilla (652987) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527470)

A few things i'd like to see by 2013....
Pets that eat poop instead of make it (Thus creating a circle of life between real and artificial pets.)

A 300 GHz computer with 64 GB of RAM that won't skip or delay even if it wanted to.

Reassurance that 1 term of a Bush in charge and bad economic times can equate to 2 terms of some other guy in charge for 2 terms and good economic times, and an occasional scandal that keeps things interesting.....

Oh yeah, world peace and smell-o-vision.

Don't hold your breath (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527478)

10 years ago I was posting messages to BBSs with a 14.4k modem, a 14" monitor and a 7MHz PC.
OK, Internet is a bigger BBS, my modem is 4x faster I've got a 17" monitor and my PC is 50x faster.

In ten years expect things will remain much the same but bigger again. Maybe I'll surf Internet2 at 250k, have a 24" monitor? My PC may even run at 20GHz

Re:Don't hold your breath (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527493)

Ummm... just becuase you don't have doesn't mean it's not out there. 10 years ago I was surfing at 2400, had a 12" monitor and an 8 MHz 68000 in my Atari St with a floppy drive. Now I have a network of 15 PCs with about .75 terabytes of storage with all drives combined, and surf the net at 768K down/128k up. My slowest CPU is a 400 MHz Celeron with 64 Megs of RAM and my fastest is a 600 MHz Pentium III with 768 Megs of RAM. Sounds like the future has come and gone for me...

iPhone user interface (3, Funny)

rf0 (159958) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527486)

Am I the only one who sees a problem with the interface of something like the iPhone. Taking it is going ot go round you wrist the only reasonable interfaces are very small button, or voice recognition. Button would be to small and I don't like the idea of having to stand in the street shouting "Ring Wife".

Also how do you speak? Do you have to shout at the braclet or will you have to hold it up to your ear and look like a prat? OK it does have an earphone but its still a fun image :)

Rus

Re:iPhone user interface (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527529)

Sub vocals, microphone attached to throat.

Re:iPhone user interface (2, Informative)

n3k5 (606163) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527572)

The 'interface of something like the iPhone' exists in the wild for years and is used without any problems at all. For example, when I 'stand in the street' and want to call my wife, I can leave my tiny phone where it is and just plug a tiny headset into my ear, activate it with a press on the single button it has and say 'ring wife' very quietly. Also when speaking to my wife, I don't have to shout. I certainly don't have to hold anything to my ear and I absolutely don't look like a prat.

What the iPhone idea really is about is that you have your PDA with net access and MP3 player in the same device (so far devices like this already exist), AND have all of that in a tiny device that doesn't encumber you and even looks like a fashionable accessory. I need to put my phone and PDA into pockets and take care that they don't get lost or stolen. Having them around my wrist and thus always 'at hand' would be a great improvement.

OS X in 2013?! (2, Funny)

k-0s (237787) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527496)

How long are they planning to go between upgrades? Seriously though, most of that stuff seems awesome, others seem useless or overkill. Are athletes going to take their eyes off the finish line or competitors to see what their heart rate is? I do want the wrap around TV though...i'd make my room into Quake 8 by then.

Hopefully (5, Insightful)

Kurt Russell (627436) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527510)

the end of the combustion engine.
Sigh..

Re:Hopefully (5, Funny)

happyhippy (526970) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527519)

Knowing the US itll be more like SUV's the size of dump trucks.

Re:Hopefully (2, Funny)

GimmeFuel (589906) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527570)

It's 2003 and we already have SUVs the size of dump trucks. By 2013 the smallest SUV will be roughly the size of a train.

Re:Hopefully (1)

ptorrone (638660) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527566)

a little rant....it's interesting to read many of the posts-- flying cars, end of the combustion engine, all great things to think and dream about...oh wait, many folks here have be trashing on the segway ht (my current "car") many of you have dinked people for attempting to even use one, check out the past posts, it's kinda sad. the fact that it's been pretty good for my travel needs also automatically made me "suspect" to work for segway or amazon (which i don't of course). so, when flying cars are released-- hopefully folks would be a little kinder and start to encourage tech, you'd think that would happen here more often?

wrap-around tv is already here (3, Interesting)

trelanexiph (605826) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527525)

With a bit of work (And hopefully photos of my new house and this setup upcoming) a wraparound TV isn't all that impossible. Using a wrapping screen and an LCD projector this should be only minimally hard to achive. I'll post pictures when/if I get this working in my new house. I'm thinking of throwing the front speakers BEHIND the wrapping screen so they aren't in the way.

isn't history supposed to be repeating itself? (2, Interesting)

tankdilla (652987) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527531)

After watching the Flintstones, I think history is long overdue for repeating itself. Remember those witty dinosaur appliances that made comments after being used, like "It's a living." I'd like to see some little computerized vending machines or toilets chiming in every once in awhile (i.e "You should be drinking Coke not Pepsi" or "Damn what have you been eating???") It would brighten everyone's day and help us make the transition from the Flintstones to the Jetsons.

what would really be nice... (1)

gid13 (620803) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527537)

...is if they'd combine that watch and earpiece with the glasses. make it comfortable, and you can have everything at your fingertips all the time... or better yet, toss the display on contact lenses... i can see it now: "don't drink and degauss - it fucks you up, man" :)

self-darkening contacts won't work (5, Insightful)

trelanexiph (605826) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527547)

This sounds cool, but really it's not going to be easy, or desirable. The automatic darkening lenses are nowhere near perfect, and don't notice sunlight but UV light. Ask anyone who wears them in a car, they don't darken because the windows/windshield have a UV coating. Quite frankly in combination with the HUD display, I'd like to see what electronics can be built into sunglasses in the future. obvious note: IANADR (I am not a Doctor, but I work with an optical lab where doctors write perscriptions for these lenses)

Please ignore... just testing something (-1, Offtopic)

Trolling4Dollars (627073) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527556)

I got the IP ban, but I want to see if it affect my subnet or not. Lots of fun testing Slashdot's limits...

Re:Please ignore... just testing something (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527613)

Well, here's a bug I once hit when /. banned my proxy server. The URL http://slashdot.org/ wasn't working, but http://slashdot.org/. worked just fine. I simply invoked the if your proxy /.s /., then you must use the URL /. /.

Old and bitter (5, Insightful)

Vollernurd (232458) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527564)

Sitting here in my slippers typing by the light of an oil lamp, I wish for nothing more than:

1) A mobile phone that works properly;
2) Digital TV that works properly;
3) A DSL modem where the drivers have not been coded by sadists;
4) Good health;
5) Peace and quiet.

I must be getting old before my time.

Now where's my cocoa?...

in 2013, i want... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527576)

a cure for cancer. that's all, nothing more.

of course, i would like to be the one to find it. in addition to helping billions of people, i'd get a lot of money and hot chicks, no doubt.

Paper (3, Interesting)

fredrikj (629833) | more than 11 years ago | (#5527579)

Light-emitting polymers aside, I think one much more interesting field of progress is paper-based dynamic displays. I recently watched a feature about this, and it seems that the technology isn't far off.

But why paper? Because, unlike any kind of polymers that we'll know of in the near future, paper is cheap as heck. Paper also provides excellent contrast and is pleasant to read off. Not to mention the ability to draw stuff on top of it with a regular pen.

I would personally not be surprised if paper-based computer displays rule the earth in ten years.

The Electronic nose already exists (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527580)

and was cancelled from production. This company http://www.appliedsensor.com/index.php , was making equipment that analysed gas emissions. Their last product before closing down equipment manufacturing was a hand held scanner. One of the few remaining scanners is now sitting on a shelf in my office so I can check the milk before I pour it in my coffee.

In 2013... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527588)

All your base are belong to us.

Bad day... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5527594)

Yesterday the USA condemned the UN to death. And you are talking about toys?

This is one of the worst moments in humankind history, where peace and war has become just a decission from the powerful countries, and the United Nations have been relegated.

Remember what happened to the "Nations League" before the WWII?
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