Latviski English По-русски
Wednesday 20.06.2018 | Name days: Rasa, Rasma, Maira

Photo: What we imagined for 2013 ten years ago

(No Ratings Yet)

Predicting the future is hard, but that doesn’t stop us from trying. Wired looked back on life in 2013 circa 2003, and even more – they have spinned it forward once again to tell you what life will be like in 2023.

1.Apple redefined the desktop, laptop, and MP3 player. The next insanely great thing: an LCD arm cuff that includes a PDA, wireless Internet, a mini iPod, and, of course, a phone. The iPhone bracelet’s motion sensor allows you to scroll through apps and files with the flick of a wrist, its clasp holds a digicam for use during video calls, and its wireless ear clip lets you listen and speak to callers. And everything can be done via voice recognition or touchscreen.

And then, Apple gave us an iPhone after all! We got the name right, and even seemed to know about FaceTime. But the form factor details? Not so much. While you can wear an iPod nano as a watch, or make a call with your iPhone, if you want the watch-plus-phone combination that we teased you with 10 years ago, for now you’ll need to pick up a secondary gadget that can transmit to your phone, like Pebble.

Here’s the thing, the screen on a watch is simply too small to display lots of data. Samsung has already demonstrated a pretty convincing foldable OLED display prototype. Given 10 more years, we can easily see one screen serving multiple purposes by taking on multiple form factors, depending on whether you wanted to simply glance at it to read a message, or unfold it to write your reply.

2.Whether counting calories or minding your lactose intake, you can never know too much about what you’re eating. This handheld food scanner’s neural network divines ingredients and quantities, giving an instant read on your favorite foods. Fido’s artificial nose also sniffs out bacteria like E. coli and allergens such as peanuts or milk. Tell the scanner what you want to avoid and it barks a warning.

The closest thing we have to this as a consumer device is the Lapka, a sensor bundle that plugs into your iPhone to tell you (among other things) whether or not the food you’re eating is organic. Meanwhile, scientists at UCLA have created a cellphone adapter that can test for E. coli, and another that can scan food for common allergens. The all-in-one device, however, remains elusive.

How will the food scanner of the future work? In a nutshell, there’s an app for that. Our phones will continue to cram in ever more sensors, with software that makes them all just work in a variety of ways. So it’s not hard to imagine one that features an extensible probe to determine the chemical composition of the food we eat (and just about anything else) with a pressure-sensitive surface that can double as a gram scale.

3.Earplugs promote a good night’s sleep, but they can also drown out your wake-up call. These programmable noise cancelers weed out only the sounds you can afford to miss. A microprocessor neutralizes certain audio input — mating alley cats, your Osbourne-esque neighbors, a partner’s snores — while sound recognition technology lets you teach the plugs what you really want to hear.

While we don’t have noise-cancelling in-ear headphones that will let your alarm noise through the gate, we do have the Snoremaster Pro. The Snoremaster Pro reduces noise by about 20 to 25 decibels, and thanks to a hidden battery, plays white noise on top of it to drown out the rest. As to hearing your alarm? Good luck with that.

Smart sleep sensors like the Jawbone UP or the Lark bracelet can wake you up with vibrating alarms. So why shouldn’t earplugs do the same? We’re doubling down on noise-canceling earbuds, but to make them truly Wired, we’re betting they’ll be able to wake us with vibrations. Going even further, there’s no reason they wouldn’t have an internal gyroscope to track our movement in the night, and thus the quality of our sleep, and then wake us up at exactly the right time during our circadian rhythm.

4.Serious athletes demand data — and they shouldn’t have to take their eyes off the prize. Simple solution: wraparound specs for runners and bikers, or goggles like these for swimmers, that track performance on an on-lens screen. A gyroscopic ankle strap logs speed, temperature (both body and external), strides or strokes, altitude, distance, heart rate, calories burned — then transmits the info to the eyewear’s translucent light-emitting polymer display. Visualize world records.

Today, Smith’s I/O Recon goggles can display your vital stats like speed and vertical distance and jump analytics, and even will let you read incoming text messages while you shred down the slopes — which is , by the way, a seriously bad idea. But to get the most out of them, you still need to link them up with other devices, like a Contour camera or your iPhone, via Bluetooth.

You know what beats reading a text or seeing your speed when you’re ripping downhill? Having it read to you. Sure, Google Glass may be great for walking around (may be). But when you’re performing high speed feats of athletic prowess requiring split-second timing, you want to keep your eyes on the road — or the slope or the track. By 2023 smart glasses will either show you your data, or read it to you on command. Moreover, tomorrow’s sensor-filled specs will have everything built in.

5.By 2013, shades have become retro cool, but contacts do a better job of blocking the sun. Using the same silver halide microcrystals that make polychromatic glasses work, these UV-filtering lenses change hue in bright light. Available in practically any color, they switch from, say, clear to deep gray during a magnificent sunrise.

While you can get novelty contact lenses that change color with UV light, for actual class 1 protection there’s still not much on the market other than a handful of models from Acuvue.

Look, this was a dumb idea, okay? We admit it. You know what you’ll wear in 2023 to protect your eyes for the sun? Sunglasses.

6.Surround sound was just the beginning. Flexible, super-thin light-emitting-polymer displays have evolved to the point where your dream home theater is now a room within a television. The slim, pliable flat panel — a seamless wall covering that extends around you — pulls in whatever you want to watch via wireless satellite feed.

Flexible OLED displays are totally a thing! And both Samsung and LG are expected to release them in 2013. While we may not have room-filling splendor — yet — it’s on the way.

Experts say that by 2023, we’re going transparent. Sure, this has been the stuff of sci-fi movies forever, but transparent displays are finally (kind of) on the way. You could see one, um, on display at CES last year, while researchers at Microsoft are predicting that they’ll be on the market within about seven years.


Leave a reply

Opinion: they’re trying to shut us up; KPV LV is inconvenient for current government

«We are inconvenient for the current government, the established order, because for the first time a party is prepared to use facts in its rhetoric in the pre-election period. They are trying to shut us up,» said KPV LV prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems at a press-conference after Artuss Kaimiņš was taken away by Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau.

Hydro and wind power plants produced 70.5% more electricity last year

In 2017 gross energy consumption in Latvia comprised 194.9 petajoules, which is 5.5 % more than in 2016. Over the past five years, the gross energy consumption has not changed significantly. However the share of renewable energy has increased by 2.55 percentage points.

Milder penalties for the accused in digital TV case; idea’s authors get no prison sentence

Riga Regional Court has released a shortened ruling in the so-called digital television criminal case. With it, the court acquitted previously convicted former director of Latvia’s National Theatre Ojārs Rubenis. Nevertheless, some of the accused have been sentenced to fines and actual prison time.

Estonian traitor Simm ruled to serve full 12.5 years in prison

A court in Tartu has decided that the Estonian Defence Ministry ex-official Herman Simm, found guilty of treason in 2009 and sentenced to 12.5 years in jail, has to serve his full sentence, not to be released earlier.

CPCB officers detain Kaimiņš after Saeima meeting

Officers of Latvia’s Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau detained Saeima deputy Artuss Kaimiņš after the end of the parliament’s meeting.

Around 15% of Estonian 15-19-year-olds estimated to have mental illness

In Estonia, an estimated total of 20,000-40,000 adolescents, comprising 10-20% of all teenage Estonians, have been found to suffer from a mental illness and close to 3,000 children have been prescribed antidepressants.

Chief: Anti-Money Laundering Service should not submit to a single person

Anti-Money Laundering Service should not be controlled by a single person, says chief of the Control Service Ilze Znotiņa.

Saeima permits commencement of criminal process against Artuss Kaimiņš

This week Latvia’s Saeima voted in favour of the decision to detain and then perform a search in the home of Saeima member Artuss Kaimiņš from KPV LV political party.

U.S. withdraws from UN Human Rights Council voicing sharp criticism

The U.S. has withdrawn from the United Nations Human Rights Council describing the body as being politically biased and not working towards reducing human rights violations globally.

Latvian minister confirms interrogation by Lithuanian investigators

In the case regarding possible corruption in the National Blood Centre, Lithuanian services have interrogated Latvia’s Healthcare Minister Anda Čakša, as confirmed by the official.

Recreational use of marijuana legalised in Canada

Canadian Parliament has adopted a law legalising the recreational use of marijuana nationwide after medical use of the drug has been allowed since 2001. Canada is to become the second country in the world allow buying marijuana for recreational use.

Human Rights Committee: KGB documents should be made publicly accessible

Documents left from Latvian SSR KGB office are part of national document heritage and therefore should be handed over for lifetime storage and be made publicly accessible for research in Latvia’s National Archive.

Non-negotiated contracts; fictive deals: digital television introduction schemes for «mere mortals»

The criminal process revolving around digital television project’s realization in Latvia was launched 15 years ago – in 2003. And it began with a search in a company owned by Andris Šķēle. After that, the list of involved people started expanding with names like Andrejs Ēķis, Jurģis Liepnieks and others.

Doctors unjustifiably charged fees for services worth 255,000 last year

Last year, authorities found that medical institutions that provide state budget-financed healthcare services had charged fees for services worth EUR 254,994, according to data compiled by Health Inspectorate.

Budget Committee picks Swedbank economist for Bank of Latvia Council

On Tuesday, 19 June, Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee unanimously decided to submit to the Saeima a decision project regarding approval of Mārtiņš Kazāks for the post of member of the council of the Bank of Latvia, as confirmed by Saeima’s press-service.

Farmers Saeima proposes declaring state of emergency in Latvia’s agriculture sector

Farmers Saeima association has sent a letter to Latvia’s State Chancellery, Agriculture Ministry, Finance Ministry and Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments, detailing a request addressed to the Cabinet of Ministers and Saeima to declare a state of emergency in the country’s agriculture sector because of the lasting drought.

IT specialist’s lawyers appeal client's arrest in recent restaurant case

Lawyers of Edgars Štrombergs, who is the accused party in the Vairāk saules restaurant cash register data manipulation case, have appealed the security measure applied to him, as confirmed by sworn attorney Mareks Halturins.

Russian and Belarusian arms control experts hosted by Lithuania

Russian and Belarusian arms control inspectors have been hosted by Lithuania as NATO forces trained across the Baltic states and Poland in exercise Saber Strike 2018.

Latvia’s ports suffer freight volume decline in first five months of 2018

Latvian ports handled 27.072 million tonnes of freight in the first five months of this year, which is 7.5% less when compared to the same period of last year, according to data compiled by Transport Ministry.

Bicycle rickshaws in Tallinn will need safety belts from July

Seeking to regulate the provision of bicycle rickshaw services in the Estonian capital, the Tallinn City Council has is to more particular bicycle rickshaw regulations that would align the services closer to car taxis.

158 election sites to open in Riga during next Saeima elections

A total of 158 election sites are planned to be opened in Riga for this autumn’s Saeima elections, as confirmed by documents prepared by Riga City Council.

30% of Latvian residents are dissatisfied with their family’s financial state

Residents’ overall mood has declined considerably across all survey positions. Residents have become the most negative about Latvia’s economic situation – 31% of them believe it has worsened. When asked to voice their outlooks for Latvia’s economy in a year from now, 17% of respondents said it will have improved, according to results of Baltic International Bank’s latest Latvian Barometer.

Apple fined 5 million euros for customer rights violations in Australia

A court in Australia has ruled that U.S. tech firm Apple has to pay a fine of 5.7 million euros refusing to repair iPhones and iPads that had been serviced by third parties as those actions breached consumer law.

Latvian coalition still torn about attracting highly-qualified guest workers

Because of differences in opinions among ministries, Latvia’s government is unlikely to support and view the proposal to ease the issue of EU blue card to highly-qualified guest workers without appropriate higher education, says Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis.

Corruption watchdog requests criminal prosecution of Bank of Latvia head

Latvia’s Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has sent materials of a criminal case to the prosecutor’s office with a request to commence criminal prosecution of Bank of Latvia governor Ilmārs Rimšēvičs and businessman Māris Martinsons.

Most read

Most commented