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Ubiquitous Internet nodes connect appliances, vehicles, etc.
Many of the day-to-day routines in the home are being automated now.
For instance – heating and lighting systems can be activated when a person is on their way home from work.
Refrigerators can be programmed to order new food before they become empty. RFID microchips smaller than grains of sand, and linked to ultrathin antenna strips, are being printed on packaging labels or built into products themselves. These connect wirelessly to the refrigerator, which sends an order via the Internet. At a pre-arranged time, the food is then delivered to the customer’s door.
Shower units, washing machines, cookers and other appliances which need repair can be programmed to alert an engineer and provide their owner with an appointment.
Devices are also being synchronised in a number of ways – so that, for example, they can sense where you are in the home. A person can be listening to a football commentary in their bedroom, walk to the lounge and have the television activate itself, then walk to their car outside and have the signal “follow” them by turning on the radio at the appropriate channel.
As well as being linked to homes and offices, the majority of cars and other vehicles are now connected to the web, and receive live traffic updates and other local information.
Television, radio, cinema and other media are gradually converging as one with the Internet. With greatly reduced costs for OLED displays – as well as vastly improved bandwidth and memory – the main computer in the average person’s home is evolving into a “hub” which combines these technologies.
USB 4.0 available for consumer devices
25 gigabytes of data transfer can now be achieved in half a second. This compares with 70 seconds for USB 3.0, 13.9 minutes for USB 2.0 and 9.3 hours for USB 1.0.
A drug that lets you eat whatever you want without gaining weight is now available. There is enormous demand for this product, which leads to a major drop in obesity levels throughout the developed world – especially in countries like the USA, which until now had been experiencing a crisis in this regard. Average life expectancy is increased as a result, since there are less people dying of heart-related illnesses.