Your Cell Phone Will Project Holograms in 5 Years
... assuming IBM's scientists are correct
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2010 2:18 PM CST
File photo: Race car driver Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain stands next to a 3D hologram.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Mobile phones will be able to project 3D holograms in 2015, allowing people to video-chat with virtual images of their friends, say scientists at IBM. In their annual list of tech predictions, the scientists also say:

  • Today's lithium-ion batteries will be replaced with those that run on air and last 10 times longer. Some small electronic devices won't need batteries at all.
  • We'll get personalized commuter reports that predict when and where traffic jams will happen on our routes.

  • "Citizen scientists" will collect environmental data via sensors in their cars, phones, and wallets that can then be transferred to scientists.
  • Computer and data centers will get better at recycling the energy used to run them, generating power that could help run cities.
See Bloomberg and AFP for more details.