In the early 90s computing was seething, and although the Internet was basically in diapers several companies began to dream of a more connected future. Several of these companies launched in those years not only innovative products, but also videos in which communicated us how they saw the future.
Maybe that then those predictions sounded somewhat strange, but the truth is that many of them have finished making reality to a greater or lesser extent. In fact, the precision with which some of these large defined our day-to-day current is surprising, although the designs of the products hardware and software can be quite different.
The House of the future was this… and is fulfilled in part
Not have been few technology companies that years ago carried ahead us of the future. Microsoft, Qualcomm, Apple… all have their video with ideas of what the future was going to be… now. And the case is that much at the time seem to us laugh, some that have been met.
Voice recognition to enter home
Microsoft began in that video its review of that hypothetical future with the arrival to the mother’s family’s House. At your door, a system of automatic goal that could authenticate the user through the fingerprint or voice recognition. Not only that: we could take that screen to leave messages to potential companies that visited our House so leave a message or to some time back. The idea has been retaken currently with solutions such as Smartbell, for example.
With your hands in the dough
In the kitchen, how not, personal computer. Here, the concept was complicated enough to see in real environments, but the presence of the computer throughout the House is notable today (and increasingly more comfortable with accessories such as the MagicStick), although it is true that in the kitchen are often used more smartphones or tablets. From those teams we could, according to Microsoft, send messages to the family and, of course, consult recipes for every day.
Almost we have the concept of tablet for the kitchen got the Xperia Z2, as we told you in our analysis.
The mobile of the future was a Pocket PC
In the absence of mobile to communicate with our children, What less than a Pocket PC (in the picture, the Casio Cassiopeia), which were already a reality at the end of the 90s although they weren’t exactly designed for children. Even so, at Microsoft they predicted that the use of these devices would be much more popular by the possibilities of communication offered. Mobile today is especially popular among the young, but there are new trends on the horizon, such as smart watches adapted to this sector of the population.
A more automated shopping cart
And back in the kitchen, more advances that today are not actually very important. The eternal promise of the fridge that tells us and makes the purchase alone (or almost) had already been provided by Microsoft, that with a bar code reader It was able to add items to the shopping list to take them into account in the next visit to the super. At Amazon they should watch the video when they launched the recent Amazon Dash.
A home automation within reach
Dinner connected television allowed control music or program that we wanted to see (with distribution of content in other rooms) but it also offered a PiP function that we could turn to see who was knocking on the door. Security cameras and other measures to control home automation (open shutters, control lights) would be part of this central system according to Microsoft. There are many solutions that have appeared in this segment, a small business as a Homey, and other more ambitious as the recent entrance of Apple in this market with HomeKit, part of the 8 iOS SDK.
The eBook also planned
Mention leading to the prediction of Microsoft from the paper that would have e-books -as he is reading the mother – at home. You have a screen of that size or a phone on the bedside table was too much to ask, but what is certain is that even in that they were well underway. Tablets and smartphones (when not the eBook reader or laptop) end up accompanying users many times before going to sleep.
With or without stylus?
In a similar video of Apple in the 1990s also was made clear reference to a future much more connected that, curiously, there was already a clear vocation for controlling electronic devices with touchscreens, or almost.
At that time in Cupertino They seemed convinced that the stylus would be the key element that interaction, something that finally was not well or on their tablets or in their smartphones. The touch control seemed to escape his predictions even to them, but what of the stylus has come back in a patent recently, and may be surprises in this regard.
In fact, manufacturers like Samsung put the brunt of some of its tactile products, such as the family Note, precisely in that pencil.
Windows on PCs… and PDAs
Even mobile computing also had their role for Apple, with PDAs permtian consult information and even take pictures then used in work in class. In the video is again show the relevance of those stylus, although of course, the user interface was still clearly oriented to the use of windows even in those developments. The division between OS desktop and mobile operating system (no offense to the legendary Symbian) was non-existent for large. In fact the use of windows in certain mobile devices back in fashion, and shows it the apparent interest of Apple in multi-window mode in the future iPad.
Aware of the potential of the InterNet (with “N”)
Apple Yes seemed to understand the impact that Internet could have among computer users. Although it seemed at that time more oriented to send text messages to other users, at least in the video appears one of the creations that has certainly changed our world. That Yes, changed you the name in Apple: no longer ‘Internet’, but ‘InterNet’. By that time, of course, even had been raised even the debate on neutrality in the network that now has us worried many.
Also key, mobile messaging
Another company that had clear the relevance of the technology in the future was AT & T, which issued several promotional videos on progress intending that they could soon be among us. Messages to mobile phones with unique resolution displays (and that combining monochrome with color, as seen in the picture) were one of these options. All design very pre-1.0, But even so, hitting on the concept that it would come down to us.
Today few phone users understand without a com Whatsapp service.
The tablet on the beach, premonitory
Especially impressive is that image of other announcements of AT & T (which also gambled on browsers in the car or purchase of entry into ATM systems) is that of a man who is on the beach with a tablet – for that fortunately there are sleeves that protect these devices. The experience is basically the same one we see 20 years later, but AT & T able capture a lot accurately the options that offer these portable devices. That Yes: believed that we considered faxes from these tablets. It HA!