Double ‘ard drives

Until recently, storing anything (porn) on hard drives has meant frugally rationing space, or going through the right arse (pun not intended) of using an external backup drive. That’s about to change. Now even your oldest, grainy, faithful spankbank regular can be saved worry-free. Hard drives are set to become far more reliable and around ten percent more space efficient as a format.

Since floppy disks decided that storage in 512 byte blocks was best, we’ve been constrained to those sectors. Each block has meant a small space between each one going to waste. The idea now – with a terabyte drive holding 2,147,483,648 512 byte sectors – is to utilise all those spaces for extra storage which can also be used for more efficient error checking, meaning less chance of loosing the extra data you can now store.

By using 4K (1000 bytes in a kilobyte) sectors there will be about 8 times less wasted space. That’s 8 times the amount on one drive – which means your laptop will hold terabytes of crap and never needing backup AND will be almost guaranteed to not corrupt data. It’s a new dawn for geeks everywhere.

Leaving the Duracell bunny in the dirt

A new form of battery is being developed that could mean 100 times more life. Imagine charging your phone only two or three times a year, or your laptop once a month. You may suffer from lack of exercise crawling around looking for your charger, then someone to borrow one from, then a socket to plug it into. But, in the grand scheme, it’s probably a winner.

The idea is that nano-tubes act as micro fuses that can drive electrical current along their length at astounding speeds (up to 100 times faster than metals). This produces a useful voltage being called thermo power waves, which sounds futuristic now but will be commonplace if the science nerds can master the technology.

Chat without making a sound

In the future you won’t even need to take your mobile out of your pocket to have a conversation – nor will you need to talk. Using a technology called electromyography your mobile will be able to pick up on tiny electrical signals in the muscles of your throat and translate that into audible sounds. At the moment it requires a bunch of crocodile clips chopping at your skin. But just like mobiles that required a weight-lifting belt and two hands to lift in the 80s have changed, so too will this technology.

These have the potential to become the Star Trek style communicators of every geek's dream. They would pick up your native tongue and, because the sound is being generated by the machine anyway, could be easily translated into any language for others listening.