CEDIA Keynote: “Futurist” Michael Rogers predicts practical innovations in in-home technology
Michael Rogers has been dubbed the practical futurist for his ability to tamp down astronomical expectations and make common-sense predictions about what the future might actually hold. The world-renowned investigative reporter was tasked with using his ability to see into the future of the custom in-home technology integration industry during the opening keynote of CEDIA 2015 at the Kay Bailey Convention Center in Dallas on Wednesday evening.
Rogers promised that he wouldn't make “flying-car predictions” in regards to what sorts of innovations the world would see in in-home technology between now and around 2020, but he did point out throughout his talk that just five years ago people thought of things like smart sensors and wearable technology as flying-car-like innovations that were still decades away.
During his opening keynote, Rogers touched on a number of technologies that will emerge and impact the custom integration space over the next few years, heading into the year 2020. Let's dive into them:
The Apple Watch, Fitbit, Android Wear and the like are all making their mark on the tech space right now. “We're going to be connected to the internet 24/7,” Rogers said. “Technology like wearable computers, which were unimaginable just a few years ago, are pretty much inevitable at this point.”
But what will wearable tech look like down the line? Rogers said to not count out smart glasses and the like. Though Google didn't really handle the launch of Google Glass too well, Rogers talked about more stylish smart glasses that he had the opportunity to test, and he said the technology is almost there. Further, the Apple Watch will look “ancient and outdated,” he said, when flexible wristbands come into play that extend the screen on smart watch around the wrist.
Screens will be everywhere
Flat screens. Big screens. Touch screens. They're all going to be everywhere by the early 20s, Rogers predicted. And the technology to look out for in the next few years, which was tested recently and could have serious in-home application is the screen that enables ambient telepresence. Combined with localized audio and an massive wall-sized screen, office buildings and houses can “literally project one room that is thousands of miles away” right into the home or office. The screen acts as a window into another office and could redefine telepresence.