Home automation has been around for some years now, providing systems that can electronically open and close curtains, adjusting lighting depending on who is home and serving up films and music to every room. But smartphones and tablets of the future will take home automation a step further and become the control units for every aspect of our homes. Google has recently suggested that it will incorporate home automation with Android and we're certainly excited at the prospect of controlling curtains, lighting, heating, burglar alarms and more from our smartphones and tablets.
The tech-savvy amongst us carry around a whole range of devices; smartphones, tablets, eBook readers, laptops, netbooks and portable games consoles to name a few; but in 2021 we think that these will all be replaced by just two things - a smartphone and a super-powerful tablet. A tablet of the future could even replace most mid-range personal computers by incorporating a docking system for use at home that would provide a large screen, speakers, and everything else that's usually plugged into a desktop.
While technology will continue to get faster, more powerful and cheaper, more importantly it will be interesting to see how technology changes our lives - will social networks affect our real-world friendships? And will implementing more technology in schools change the way we educate? We're as excited as everyone else to find out the answers to these questions, among many others.