Last month we let you know about 5 Technologies that Need to Die in 2016. There was a lot of healthy debate and we did learn something very important – many of you are absolutely in love with your CDs, DVDs, and optical media storage!
We all have those technologies that we love and always will. But that doesn't mean there isn't room for some new things as well.
To celebrate Valentine's Day we've picked five technologies that we think everyone will fall in love with in the coming years. Some of them are maybe ugly ducklings waiting to blossom, others are the popular new kid everyone already wants to get to know. Either way, why not get behind them now before they get too popular to answer your calls?
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The new hot material on the block won't be gold, silver, or platinum –- it'll be graphene, and even better if it's graphene coming out of your 3D printer. Graphene is more conductive than metal and is paving the way for the next generation of energy storage in batteries and supercapacitors and also becoming a key component in quest to bring 3D-printable electronic circuits into the mainstream. Someday when you have a 3D-printed smartphone in your pocket with enough battery to actually last you through the day, you'll have graphene to thank.
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Chris Wiltz is the Managing Editor of Design News
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