In this article Aaronson speculates on how future technology will improve even the most mundane desk accessories and office equipment.  Speculation is based on extrapolation of current ongoing research.  Among the interesting developments anticipated within the next ten years:

  • A pen that can write on anything using smart ink that adjusts its nature and bonding properties to the type of surface written on;
  • RFID tags embedded in staples so that lost documents can radio their location to a tracking device; and
  • Desks that will recognize you by your face using hidden cameras that take your picture as you approach and compare them to pictures in a database of users, unlocking doors, laptops and personal files when your identity is confirmed.

Source: Lauren Aaronson, Popular Science; Mar, 2007

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