A Glimpse of the Future: Technology and Gadgets that Will Change the Way We Live

Body Touch Screen | Image Source Flickr.com / goodweather.collective

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It is official, the future is here. Sure, we don’t all have flying cars (yet), but we have voice recognition, smart phones, and other smart technology that is already helping make our lives easier.

But in our technological age, where advancements happen rapidly and new inventions can drastically alter our way of life, what does the future of technology hold for us? And how will this new technology impact or lives?

Here is just a glimpse of what our technologically enhanced future could look like.

Sit on your phone, and charge it.

In the future, you won’t ever have to worry about finding an outlet to charge your phone. Instead, you’ll just sit on it.

At least, that’s what the Wake Forest University Center for Nanotechnology envisions, with their newly created Power Felt, a product that looks and feels like fabric, but that creates electrical charges from temperature changes.

While Power Felt is available now, it is expensive to manufacture, costing over $1k per kilogram to produce. However, it is the Center’s hope that one day Power Felt will cost only $1 to add to cell phone cases.

Read more about Power Felt here: http://news.wfu.edu/2012/02/22/power-felt-gives-a-charge/

You will wash clothes by levitating them, and then cleaning them with dry ice.

In the future you will watch as your clothes levitate, wash, and dry, in minutes, with the Orbit washing machine.

Right now the Orbit it just a washing machine concept, that proposes to wash clothes quickly and easily by using a spherical drum that uses magnetic levitation to float the metal laundry basket. Once in orbit, dry ice breaks apart and speeds towards the basket, breaking down dirt and organic materials in your laundry. The dirt removed from the clothes and filtered through a tube, which you can later remove and rinse.

Learn more about this conceptual washing machine here: http://elieahovi.prosite.com/40900/382600/work/orbit-washing-machine-by-electrolux

All medicines will be dispensed internally though a memory stick.

In the future, you won’t have to

worry about remembering to take your medicine. That’s because you’ll have a small, wireless microchip implanted in your body that handles and manages medicine dispensing. The microchips are about the size of a small memory chip, and can be activated remotely by phone or computer.

Dispensing medicine this way can help make sure patients receive the proper dosage of medicine, and can be extremely helpful for patients who need painful injections to help manage illness.

Read more about how these medicine microchips work: http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2012-02/first-time-wirelessly-controlled-implantable-pharma-chip-delivers-drugs-inside-body

You’ll have Terminator vision.

However, the biggest change for your future self is how you’ll see the world – through computerized lenses. Imagine a world where a Google map virtually overlays the street as you drive, making navigation effortless. Or, a world where a Google search happens, just by looking at an object.

This future may come sooner than you think, for Google is working on augmented reality eye wear, which they hope to make available by the end of 2012. The smart eyeglasses will use Android technology and an onboard camera to help you view and monitor information about the world around you, just like the Terminator.

Read more about the future of augmented reality eyewear here: http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2012-02/google-basically-making-whole-world-googleable

These are just a few of the ways your future self will integrate with technology. Of course, with the way technology grows, who knows what the next technological game changer will be, but one thing is for certain, technology is only going to become more integrated with our daily lives.

How will you utilize technology in the future? Is there something cool in the works you think the world should know about? Leave us a comment and tell us what you think.


Julie Strier is a freelance writer who is interested in how technology will shape our future. Email: julie@mybusinesswriter.com. Website: www.mybusinesswriter.com.

How to Create One Secure Password You Can Use on Any Website

Password Hell

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When it comes to passwords, we all have the same problem – we have too many to remember! For every website you sign up for, there is a password associated with your account. And, different services have different password requirements, leaving you with many different passwords that you’re always trying to remember.

Instead of having a list of unique passwords, like each site wants, the reality is that people create passwords that aren’t necessarily secure, but rather are easy for them to remember. Typically people will use important dates, such as birthdays or anniversaries, children’s or pet’s names, or other easy to remember information.

However, since most of us use the same tactics, it makes it easy for hackers to predict passwords, and/or use our computer systems against us to seek out the commonly used information needed to hack passwords.

So how do you create a password that is unique from your other passwords, and unique enough to meet password requirements for the site, but that is still easy enough to remember without keeping a list on your computer?

By creating a password convention system, so that your passwords are both unique to the website, and easy for you to remember.

Pick One Common Password

First, pick one common password you’d like to use. Yes, it does seem counter intuitive, but bear with me for a minute. Think of this common password as a base, the place where all your passwords begin.

The goal is to create one common password that you can easily remember, instead of having several different passwords you have to guess at every time you log in. You’ll want this password to be something easy to remember, and something that meets most common password requirements.

Common password requirements dictate that there are at least 1 upper case letter, 1 lower case letter, and at least 1 number (some passwords require symbols, but we’ll get to that in a minute).

For this example, our common, base password will be: Benji2010.

Modify It

Of course, you cannot and should not use the same password at every website. In fact, we advocate that you have a unique password for every site you use. But, by following these tips, you can create a password convention system that takes your base password and turns it into something unique for every site that is still easy for you to remember.

Once you have your common, base password setup, you can make it unique by adding the initials of the website you are signing up for at the end.

Examples:

Facebook: Benji2010FB   LinkedIn: Benji2010LI  Google+: Benji2010G OR Benji2010G+

You can also change it up and put the initials in the middle if you would like. It doesn’t matter, as long as you are modifying your base password with a convention that is easy to remember.

Examples:

Facebook: BenjiFB2010  LinkedIn: BenjiLI2010  Google+: BenjiG2010 or BenjiG+2010

Unique Symbols Can Replace Common Words

Sometimes, websites require you to have symbols in your passwords as well. There are a few easy ways to deal with this, while still maintaining an easy to remember password convention.

Hold Down Shift

One way to incorporate symbols is to hold down SHIFT when you get to the number portion of your password. So, our example password Benji2010FB becomes Benji@)!)FB.

All that changed is holding down <SHIFT> when typing in 2010. This way, you don’t have to remember the different unique symbols; rather you can just remember that you have to hold down shift when you enter your password.

Pick a Symbol Convention

Another way you could maintain your convention but keep a symbol in the mix, is to pick one symbol you always use in the same spot for every password. Let’s pretend you decided your common symbol is an exclamation point (!), and that you’re going to put it at the end of your passwords. Your base password would become Benji2010FB!

You could also choose to put your symbol at the beginning, like this: !Benji2010FB, or in the middle, like this: Benji2010!FB. It doesn’t really matter, as long as you come up with a convention that is easy for you to remember.

Hopefully these tips gave you a few things to think about when creating a password. As you can see, you can have the same password for every website, as long as you have a password convention that you use to modify your passwords, ensuring they are unique, yet still easy to remember.

Do you have a trick that you like to use to remember your passwords? Leave us a comment and tell us about it.


Julie Strier is a freelance writer who is interested in helping people work smarter, not harder, with their technology. Email: julie@mybusinesswriter.com. Website: www.mybusinesswriter.com.

Windows7 Calculator: More than Meets the Eye

Windows7 Calculator

Did you know your Windows7 calculator could look like this?

At first glance, the Windows7 calculator seems the same as every version offered in Windows before. However, if you take a little time to explore, you’ll soon find there is much more to the calculator than ever before.

What do you do when you need a scientific, programming, or statistics calculator? When you need to, how do you calculate your mortgage, a vehicle lease, or the fuel economy of your vehicle? In the past you would probably turn to special online calculators, or complicated spreadsheets to figure things out.

But now you don’t need to do that. Instead, whip out your trusty Windows7 calculator, and calculate virtually any equation or situation. To change the way your calculator behaves, change the settings under the View menu.

Different Types of Calculators

Basic Calculator: When you first start the calculator, it opens as a basic calculator, allowing you perform all the normal functions you’re used to. You can always return to the basic calculator from any other setting by pressing ALT + 1.

Scientific Calculator: To access the scientific calculator go to View > Scientific. Or, you can press ALT + 2.

Programmer Calculator: To access the programmer calculator go to View > Programmer. Or, you can press ALT + 3.

Statistics Calculator: To access this calculator go to View > Statistics, or press ALT + 4.

Different Calculation Modes

Aside from 4 different types of calculators, you can also choose from different calculation “modes” to get the most out of your calculator. These are all located under the View Menu, toward the bottom of the list.

Unit Conversion: Whenever you are looking to convert something, this is the calculator you want. This mode allows you to calculate one type of unit of measurement into another type. For example, easily convert an angle into a degree, gradian, or radian. Or, calculate the area of something into square meters, or better yet, square millimeters. To quickly access this function, press CTRL + U.

Date Calculation: Want to quickly calculate the difference between two dates? This calculator mode makes it easy. Just put in the two dates, and it will show you

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the difference in years, and in days. To quickly access this function, press CTRL + E.

Worksheets: When you want to calculate your mortgage, vehicle lease, or fuel economy, you’ll want to use these easy worksheets. Unfortunately, there are no shortcut keys for Worksheets. You will find them located at the bottom of the View Menu.

Mixing Calculations

Additionally, you can mix-up the functionality of your calculator, so that it’s unique to your specific needs. To do this, activate a specific calculator type and a specific mode. For example, you can change your calculator to a scientific calculator, and activate the date calculation mode so that you can quickly do either type of calculation.

Any of the calculators and modes can be mixed together, so play around with your Windows7 calculator settings. Before long you’ll have it custom tweaked for your needs, and you’ll never again seek out an online calculator or turn to a complicated spreadsheet for your calculation needs.


Julie Strier is a freelance writer who is interested in helping you enjoy your computer experience. Email: julie@mybusinesswriter.com. Website: www.mybusinesswriter.com.