Technology seems to be growing by leaps and bounds, the last decade or so seeming gigantic advances within the consumer electronics market. The truth is, we never know what exciting things are just around the corner, but by looking at data from the periphery we can often make logical, educated guesses on where things might be headed. The following products and concepts offer a glimpse into what might be headed our way in 2015. Let’s get started, shall we? See-through / holographic phones? It should come as no surprise that most of the research in mobile phone technology is in the area of display. Sure, there are always new design concepts being rattled around to make for faster, more capable processing hardware and intelligent software, but clearly the screen is of (arguably) greater importance from most people’s perspective. It’s like a magic portal, in some respects. But what if we could revolutionize even this, with a radically different interface altogether? This of course brings us to an interesting development involving completely see-through designs with holographic display capabilities. In case you’re shaking your head in disbelief, take note of the fact that Samsung and Apple have filed patents on these types of technologies, so you know that there’s a good chance that this relates to some ongoing behind-the-scenes product development(s). Essentially, this would create a complete paradigm shift in the industry and likely change the way we look at smartphones / tablet-liked devices forever. Moreover, certain new possibilities would likely open up with regards to app development as well. For more on that, check out this link. …Or, for Apple’s side of the equation, this link. Wireless charging Certainly no one is claiming that the current charging methods are ineffective, or even hard to manage, for that matter. Nowadays it’s common to find quick charging stations all over the place, further adding to convenience. However, what if no cord was required at all, what if you only needed to place your device on some type of pedestal and it automatically refilled your battery? Surely this would be preferable, right? Well, that’s exactly the sort of technology that’s headed our way in 2015. Cadillac has always been an auto manufacturer on the forefront, integrating all sorts of first-tier and newly emerging features into its finer luxury lines. With the release of the 2015 Cadillac ATS, it would seem that they’re integrating a nifty little wireless power port which you aren’t going to want to do without once you try it out for yourself. Basically, this is how it works: you place your device on a little rubberized pad and an electromagnetic field actually fills the battery back up, it’s just that simple. To learn more about this, click here. Of course, with this technology emerging for vehicles it’s only logical (and a matter of time) until we begin seeing it used elsewhere. Seriously, can you imagine companies like the aforementioned Apple and Samsung NOT developing their own wireless powering multi-function docking stations? Better, faster 3D printing It’s no surprise that within a certain contingent of the tech community, 3D printing is king. The fact of the matter is that these emerging systems mean that the average consumer might be able to effectively create most of the products they need right in the comfort of their own homes. Eventually, the idea is to be able to do this as a means of saving oodles of cash in the process; likewise, if this were the case, the machine would really pay for itself over time. Additionally, for creative types, 3D printing opens up whole new doors of possibilities, thus allowing for new businesses to spring up around these capabilities. With Orange Maker’s Helios One many see a new major potential breakthrough in the field emerging. The reason they see this is because of the new heliolithography system which this device uses. Basically, it creates objects using a spiral-based system, which is quite different from the standard SLA light source-based methods and said to be much more accurate as well. Even better, the product’s makers have plans to further experiment with building materials, meaning that certain metals, plastics and other elements may be entering the equation soon. Wearable tech You could say that carrying around a smartphone with you everywhere is really just one step removed from physically having technology attached to your person. This of course relates directly to the idea of “wearable tech”, or gadgets which are integrated with cloths and/or fashion to reveal something theoretically greater than the sum of its parts. As you might expect, there are plenty of companies working in this domain, but of particular note is Microsoft’s Sport Smartwatch, which will incorporate all kinds of sensors as well as its own OS and perhaps even (very likely) smartphone connectivity. Click here to learn more about the smartwatch.