Computers today seem almost ubiquitous and the cost of computing is nearly free. But computing continues to evolve: As chips, sensors, and power components miniaturize, they are working their way into new materials, structures, and architectures. Smart dust swarms and mesh networking are combining with novel materials to make intelligent paints and plastics. The user interface is leaving the desktop metaphor to return to the actual, physical desktop, with tangible interfaces, gesture recognition, and dozens of other ambient input and output tools made of textiles, fluids, and foods. Other platforms like artificial intelligence, neuromorphic chips, and ambient computing offer new product, material, and design opportunities that will profoundly change how we live, work, and play – just as PCs and smartphones did in the past. 
 
The Lux Research Future Platforms service addresses key questions like:
 
  • What corporations, startups, and academic labs are inventing the next revolution in computing?
  • What novel computing architectures do new materials and manufacturing processes enable?
  • How do physical, tangible interfaces change the user experience?
  • What product innovations and new business models come from ubiquitous, ambient intelligence?
  • How will we incorporate future platforms into successful products, processes, and services?
SAMPLE FUTURE PLATFORMS TOPICS
  • Semiconductor, thin-film, and 3D printed electronics
  • Smart dust, motes, and mesh/swarm networks
  • Tangible computing and immersive visualization
  • Intelligent polymers
  • Emerging human-machine interfaces
  • Personal computing and communication
  • Intelligent buildings, infrastructure, and cities
  • Consumer products and packaging
  • Medical devices and prosthetics
  • Transportation vehicles and systems
  • Surveillance and security

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