After watching Captain Picard solving all those Victorian murder mysteries on the Enterprise’s holodeck, we have to say that staring at a basic, flat-panel monitor is
20th century. Wasn’t the future of television watching supposed to be way cooler than this by now? Yeah, it was, but don’t worry; those spiffy high-tech displays have only been delayed, not scrapped entirely. A veritable army of hard-working engineers have been laboring day and night to bring flexible phones, holograms you can feel, physical 3D interfaces, and touchscreen, well,
to your living room, car and workplace sometime soon. And hey, we’ve got actual pictures to prove it!
Actually, about those pictures: still images just don’t do justice to a lot of these futuristic displays. We’ve provided links below each image so that you can check out this tech for yourself in full low-def YouTube video glory. Also, if this journey through futuristic outputs piques your interest about what’s barreling down the pipeline, be sure to check out our
Futuristic Interfaces gallery
for a look at the input side of things. But enough babble: let’s dive headfirst into the world of tomorrow. Hope you brought a time stabilizer!
Let's start out with the wide view. Microsoft envisions pop-up holograms abound and virtually every surface becoming a slick, responsive touchscreen in just 5 to 10 years' time. The company even made a video that flaunts its prophetic vision, which airs alongside some commentary from Microsoft's general manager of technical strategy.