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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

15 Technologies You'll Need to Know in 2006

Popular Mechanics has posted a list of 15 "need to know" tech concepts for this year. Highlights include:

  • Drive monitoring systems for motor vehicles that make sure you're paying attention to the road, and automatically apply the brakes if necessary.
  • Body area networks (BANs) that wirelessly connect pacemakers, hearing aids and other personal devices to a base station monitored by a doctor, who could make adjustments and be alerted to malfunctions.
  • NAND flash memory, which can store as much as 16GB of data.
  • Nanoparticle batteries that can be fully charged within a couple of minutes, and last just as long as conventional batteries.
  • Coal gasification that converts plentiful, relatively inexpensive coal into clean-burning natural gas.

Source: Tomorrow's Trends