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Under development
Codenamed as Fusion, this is the next-gen design of microprocessor and a
collaborative effort of AMD and ATI. It will combine general processor execution
as well as 3D geometry processing and other functions of today’s GPU into a
single processor, with different clock speed for graphics and central processing
cores. This series will use a new modular design methodology named M-SPACE.

Under development
This discrete graphics processing unit will be Intel’s answer to the ATI’s and
NVIDIA’s GPUs. Using a derivative of x86
instruction set for its Shader cores instead of the custom graphics-oriented
instruction set, it will allow more flexibility. This GPU will supposedly run
with a speed of 1.7-2.5 GHz and feature 16-24 in-order cores running a modified
instruction set.

Microsoft’s Surface
In final developmental stages

Microsoft’s Surface computer is a device that will let users pack off their
keyboards and joysticks, and rather use their fingers for interaction. Based on
multi-touch interface, users can use their fingertip to drag, drop, shrink or
enlarge images across the surface. One can also upload digital files from their
mobiles, PDAs, or any other Bluetooth enabled device by just placing the object
on the surface and moving around the object across the screen with their hand.

IBM Millipede
Under development
It is a non-volatile computer memory, which is read and written by a MEMS
(Micro electro mechanical system) based probe stored on a nanoscopic pits burned
onto the surface of a thin polymer layer. Millipede’s storage technology
promises to offer 4 times better data density then the present magnetic storage
and can be used for micro devices having small form factor and high capacity,
such as watches, mobile phones etc.

Mind Control Helmet
A unique computer interface system that comes bundled with a helmet. It
allows gamers to move object on screen based on their thoughts and even reflects
emotions of the gamer as his facial expressions. The helmet has a sensor that
understands the electric signals from the brain, which is then analyzed and then
relayed to the receiver connected with the gaming console or PC.

Soft Mobile phones
Soft mobile phones are still in their conceptual stage. The ideated design
boasts of a flexible plastic housing with a soft polymer insert between the
microchip module and the casing. It will have a tactile body and won’t get
damaged even if you drop it, bend it, sit on it or toss it around. The display
of the phone will be a 2.75-inch screen having a resolution of 433×266 pixels.
The keys will be located on the surface itself. The display looks more like a
paper and one can also watch video on these phones.

OLED Screen
The new flexible display solution will use the new bendable OLED screen that
will produce images using oil and water. The opaque oil will float on water and
obscure a colored surface beneath; when an electric charge will be applied to
the field it will reveal the surface and change the color of the pixel. The
process is cheap and simple.

Nokia 4G design Concept Phone
This concept phone will have a scrollable and touch enabled LCD screen and
will look typically like a Bluetooth headset. There will be a button in the
middle, which will open the phone like a Japanese hand fan. It will only have
one hardware button and can be used as a picture phone, video conference
appliance, or Internet navigation unit. It is expected to hit the markets quite

If complete mobility is a necessity and you hate accessing your system by
using some software then Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) is meant for you. Based on
Intel’s Ultra Mobile Platform, UMPCs are small, lightweight devices running on
Windows Vista with a screen less than 7 inches and a minimum screen resolution
of 800×480 pixels. You can get GPS instructions while driving, access your
email, surf Internet, watch videos, play games, use software like MS Office,
Corel Painter Essentials and access your enterprise’s core Web based business
applications. Options for input include a touch screen, stylus, buttons and
optional Bluetooth or USB based keyboard. With support for Bluetooth, Ethernet
and Wi-Fi, it gives a battery backup of 2.5 to 3.5 hours.

Xerox Erasable paper
Under development
We take a lot of printouts that become useless after a meeting or so. Xerox
is coming up with the concept of ‘erasable paper’ . It will use light of a
certain wavelength and compounds to create such images on paper that will
automatically disappear in the next 16 to 24 hours. The same paper can be used
again for printing. Such a paper is still in its initial developmental stage and
will most likely need a special printer.

Will be available by mid of 2008
One of the most popular rumors of 2007 had been the Gphone, but it was not
clear whether it’s coming or not. Well, finally we have the news of Android-an
open platform for mobile devices that will most probably be available in the
second half of 2008. It is expected to be a combination of an OS, middleware and
mobile software for mobile devices. It is supported by Open handset alliance(OHA)
that includes 30 mobile and technology companies including Google. According to
OHA it is written using Java that will enable developers to freely create mobile
applications using Android framework’s APIs.

PSP Phone
Nokia, with the original N-gage, was the first one to boast of a proper
gaming phone. But since Sony Ericsson is not one to be left behind, speculation
was always rife. A patent filed last year gave hope to Sony Ericsson fans; it
shows a device that looks like a PSP and is designed to work as a mobile phone
too. It is expected to feature a touch scre- en that can be rotated 90 degrees,
which will make it easier to switch from phone to gaming mode & is also expected
to have TV-out, camera, WiFi etc.

Amongst the battle of the next-gen consoles, many reports indicate that Wii
has done really well despite the odds. It only comes with 512 MB memory and SD
slot, so when SNK announced that they would be getting their titles over to the
Wii (a single SNK title is about 330 MB) there was a buzz that the next version
of the Wii might see the light of day around next year. There is no news about
any design changes, though a bigger hard drive and more powerful hardware would
probably be the major additions.

Panasonic Interactive Touch Screen T.V Wall
This future lifestyle product, probably the largest interactive touch screen
display made by pairing two 110 inch HD displays. Other than just watching
serials or movies on its giant wall screen, you can listen to music, play
basketball, piano, read emails, surf the Internet or use it as a notepad. To use
it you aren’t required to stand and touch the screen to operate, it comes with a
remote. If this actually excites you, then you should start looking for a big
house now.

Will be available soon
This anytime, anywhere connectivity concept is finally happening. Many
vendors are supposedly coming out with e-paper products, which will use
different technologies. Fujitsu recently displayed its e-paper prototype known
as Flepia e-reader. It’s a lightweight device in A4 and A5 format with 8" or 12"
display and a battery life of up to 50 hours. It weighs 320 to 480 grams, is 12
mm thick, and has 4 GB of storage.

Sony’s Spin N Snap Digital Camera
This digicam will use a completely new powering mechanism. For charging you
need not use an external battery. You just need to use the viewfinder holes,
twirl the camera around for a number of times, and it will charge the camera to
its optimum level. Made of recycled plastic and this will be another
eco-friendly product. Since, it is merely a concept therefore it is difficult to
predict when this product will actually hit the market, but we are keeping our
fingers crossed.

3D Display Systems
Under development
NTT DoCoMo is coming with a portable 3D display system that will enable
viewers to view 3D images from any direction without wearing those special
glasses. It will use the high density directional images display approach that
will provide very smooth and natural appearing images of the object with respect
to the change in observer’s position. When a viewer moves from one place to
another, the transition from one image to another is very smooth and
indiscernible to the viewer and gives him an illusion of moving around a 3D
object. Philips will be also coming with products that will boast of such a
display system.

Solid State Drive (SSD)
This one is a 2.5 inch flash device, which uses solid state memory for
storing persistent data. It is comprised either of a non volatile NAND flash or
volatile SDRAM. The SDRAM based SSDs are meant for fast data access (less than
0.01 ms) and are used primarily to accelerate applications that would otherwise
be held back by the latency of the disk drives. DRAM based SSDs typically
incorporate internal battery and backup disk system to ensure data persistence.
The price and lower recoverability factor could be a problem. It has just
started to hit the market, but still in its patent days, with already 128 GB SSD
being speculatively available.

Series 60 Touch
Yet to be launched
The potential threat to the IPhone buzz, Series 60 Touch includes a touch
interface and sensor technologies. The S60 software offers the flexibility to
develop devices that can understand several input methods: touch screen with
traditional keyboard, touch with QWERTY keyboard or simple touch screen. It
supports both finger or stylus optimized inputs and tactile feedback

Vaio Zoom
This is a cool looking notebook concept from Vaio which uses holographic
technology. As soon as the laptop is switched off, Vaio Zoom’s screen which made
of complete glass becomes transparent and keyboard, mouse buttons becomes
opaque. Vaio hasn’t said anything officially about this device, nor are much
detail available, so we can’t say when we will be seeing this device in action.

Saurangshu Kanunjna, Swapnil Arora with help from Karan Bajaj

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