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6 Technologies that Will Change Pcs in 2015


A laptop keyboard equipped with a fingerprint reader

Biometric authentication devices, like the fingerprint reader on this laptop keyboard, will see widespread use in the coming year.

Credit: Lenovo

Although next year's computers will be faster, thinner, lighter, and have longer battery life, six disruptive technologies could change the face of computing in 2015.

For example, the first laptops with wireless charging could come out next year, and Intel has shown a few prototypes of laptops being recharged on a table. Some cafes and restaurants already provide wireless charging bases for tablets and smartphones, and are interested in adding laptops to the array.

It also could become possible to connect laptops wirelessly to displays. Wireless displays will gain momentum with the growing adoption of WiGig, a faster version of Wi-Fi that can handle wireless 4K video streams with no lag.

The desktop has become a hub of creativity and imagination, with technologies such as depth-sensing cameras and three-dimensional printing spinning off a variety of innovations.

In the coming year, computers will become more perceptual with a combination of gesture, voice, and visual recognition technologies being installed in PCs.

In addition, by the end of 2015, software will enable users to log in to websites via biometric authentication.

Finally, computers will offer longer battery life with new processors and chips.

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