September 28, 2018
According to the Swiss philosopher, Jean-Jacques Rousseau: “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.”
A similar statement could be made about laptop users.
The original idea behind the laptop was that it would liberate those who used them.
The technology promised a world where nobody would be deskbound anymore or forced to commute to a faraway office, in order to complete a day’s work.
Classrooms and colleges would also have their doors flung open.
All of this did, indeed, come to pass. Yet some chains of bondage still doggedly persist for laptop users.
Or perhaps they aren’t chains. But cables? Most certainly.
No matter how flexible you want to be, you still have to charge your laptop by plugging it into a convenient socket.
However, that is about to change.
Laptop producers have plans to free their devices of wires and cables, thus lightening the laptop load, and saying goodbye for ever to cumbersome power adapters.
Instead, the laptop will be charged when it is placed on top of a table, kitchen unit, desk or any other convenient surface.
The panicked hunt for a convenient socket will soon be a thing of the past.
Last year Intel exhibited a wire-free laptop prototype, which was charged by being placed on a surface similar to the cell phone chargers that already exist.
They also used developing WiGig wireless technology to connect monitors and external storage.
We already know that Wi-Fi can be wireless. Now the rapid development of charging laptop capabilities means that very soon computer mobility will be greatly enhanced yet again.
In other words, another set of chains has been broken, meaning the future laptop user can be more flexible than ever before.
Although the wireless laptops are not yet available, companies have begun to integrate the WiGig technology, as well as taking other important steps.
So hopefully the upgraded laptops will be ready for use next year – perhaps even earlier.
The most common product on display at Bett 2016 wasn’t a laptop, a tablet or an interactive panel, it was a charging rack. A way to store and plug in portable devices for charging.
Perhaps by 2017 these racks won’t be necessary anymore?
Clearly the future is bright for the laptop industry – and for those who rely on them.
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