The future of wireless technology is not just the use of WiFi
hotspots for networking computers and I'll tell you why in a minute.
In fact, I'll tell you what we have now and where future wireless
technology is heading.
Future wirelss technology at work.
Right now it is true that we have WiFi hotspots at home, coffee
houses, hotels, airports and even cities. And the WiFi network
system is constantly expanding. But wireless and Wifi are not
Some cell phones for instance may use WiFi hotspots or they may
use more traditional means of wireless transmission. In fact the
first wireless technology in widespread use was the radio. But,
tech has changed at a rapid pace since the invention of the radio
in the late 1800's.
Today's wireless technology can be used for satellite communications
including voice and picture. Satellite TV is a good example here.
And, some other technology that is now wireless is the recharging
There are many products on the market now such as wireless recharging
pads for cell phones, laptops, iPads, iPods and other
small electronic devices. Now the future of wireless technology
of this sort is expanding to including larger devices
including the transportation system.
It's Not a Dodge Charger, Or Is It?
Scientists and engineers are working on wireless recharging
of electric cars (pictured at bottom of page), buses and
trolleys. One group of researchers is developing a solar
/ wireless recharging system for roadways that will use
renewable energy to recharge vehicles as they pass over
the recharging panels embedded in the road.
Future wireless technology also includes laser communications
systems. This is similar to fiber optic communication
(which most would considered to be "wired" tech).
But, instead, laser communication, which is here now,
and involves using a beam of intense light through space,
will only continue to expand in the future.
Laser Satellite Communications
Light waves, sound waves, compression waves, electromagnetic
energy, microwaves, radio frequency, infrared light, visible light,
acoustic energy and ultraviolet light are just a few of the wireless
technologies available today.
Some other wireless areas to watch as they emerge are superconducting
technology, high altitude platform systems, Wireless Sensor Network
technologies and super WiMAX technology. Future wireless technology
will expand upon all of these areas.
For instance satellites and spacecraft including space tourism
rockets and planes, the International space station and space
vehicles that travel to the Moon, Mars, Venus, the Sun and other
celestial bodies will expand their use of lasers for communication
as well as defense against objects in space be it space junk,
asteroids or even other Earthly and non-Earthly spacecraft.
EV (electric vehicle) wireless recharging.
In medicine, wired technology is already transitioning to future
wireless technology. Since the neurons in the brain work by electrochemical
reactions these can be used by people with disabilities to control
computers in the present. Right now, some wires are involved,
but in the future this will become a completely wireless situation.
In the medical science lab and on the brain surgeon's operating
table, electrodes are still used to gather information
and to heal patients. Future wireless technology dictates
that one day not too far ahead of us this will become
totally wireless as well. Different types of energy already
mentioned will be used in place of invasive electrodes
to further science in the lab and help heal people in
So, you see the future of wireless technology has both breadth
and depth. Communications, weaponry, surgery, research
and many other areas will be transformed by the leading
edge wireless technology that researchers are working
on now. The emerging tech happening right now will become
mainstream as future wireless technology will be both
disruptive and transformative in a healthy way only a
few years from now.
Written by Kevin Lepton