Exercise 3. Make collocations with the following words.
Model: background information
To predict, resolution, external, strength, built-in, technology, device, service.
Vision of the future: hi-tech inventions
we’ll hopefully be using in 2030
People have been trying to predict the future since Nostradamus was a lad. We’ve been promised flying cars, teleporters and jet packs for years but none of them – as yet – have made it to the high street. However, futurologists have a list of hi-tech innovations that they claim will be hits by 2030.
Polymer gel muscles will be five times stronger than natural ones, so you could buy clothing that gives you superhuman strength. They are too expensive to make today, but not in the future. Imagine free-running and leaping between buildings like a superhero, and having built-in reactive armour to make you bulletproof too, with extra super-senses also built in. A lot of that stuff is feasible, so exoskeletons might become very popular leisure and sports wear, as well as the obvious military and emergency service uses.
Active contact lenses
These nifty gadgets will be in your eyes like normal contact lenses. But they will have three tiny lasers and a micromirror to beam pictures directly onto the retina, creating images in as high resolution as your eye can see. This could make all other forms of display superfluous. There is no need to wear a wristwatch, have a mobile phone, tablet or TV but you could still have them visually. The contact lens can deliver a full 3D, totally immersive perfect resolution experience. They will even let you watch movies or read your messages without opening your eyes.
Immortality and body sharing
While computers get smarter, the brain-IT link will also get better, so you’ll use external IT more, until most of your mind is outside your brain. When your body dies, you’ll only lose the bits still based in the brain. Most of your mind will carry on. You’ll go to your funeral, buy an android body and carry on. Death won’t be a career problem. If you don’t want to use an android, maybe you’ll link into your friends’ bodies and share them, just as students hang out on friends’ sofas. Life really begins after death.
You’ve seen films where the hero sees the world with computer generated graphics or data superimposed on their field of view. That technology area is developing very fast now and soon we will all be wearing a lightweight visor as we walk around. As well as all the stuff your phone does, it will allow you to place anything you want straight right in front of you. The streets can be full of cartoon characters, aliens or zombies. You can change how people look too, replacing them with your favourite models if you wish.
Concept Cicret bracelet
Of all the modern “smart” bracelets one of the most unusual and interesting can be called accessory Cicret. This device is an external screen for a smartphone or tablet. It is uses as a touch screen on the man’s wrist.
From the mass of existing now mobile devices Cicret must be attributed rather to the “smart” hours, although in shape and size, it is more like a simple fitness bracelet, for example, the device MiBand from a Chinese company Xiaomi.
Unlike the vast majority of “smart” hours Cicret no screen itself. Nevertheless, it may serve as an external display for your mobile device. This paradox is resolved by a small projector that is built into this bracelet.
Capacitive projector of bracelet turns in screen Human skin wrist, on whom Cicret worn. It is not about individual functions, as implemented in the modern “smart” hours, whereby you can see time, the caller’s name person to read text messages and emails. This is full a screen smartphone or tablet. Cicret reproduces all in full screen. The user can use the screen, projected on his wrist, exactly the same as the display of your smartphone – turn the pages, open applications, change settings, etc. Bracelet Cicret is absolutely waterproof. And, then, with it you can go to read the latest news in the bathroom or on the beach without fear soak mobile phone.
Cicret opens up a new era of interaction between man and his mobile device. This bracelet looks like a real device from a science fiction movie. A couple of years ago and it was impossible to dream about the imminent implementation of such technologies, and now employees of the company that developed the Cicret enjoy the test copy of this incredible “smart” bracelet.
Task 1. Make sure you know what the following expressions mean, then use them to fill the gaps in the sentences below. Some of them can be used more than once. Use a dictionary if necessary.