Who remembers VHS tapes? What about cassette tapes? Remember when people would pay hundreds of dollars for a 4 megapixel digital camera? Now your phone comes equipped with a 10 megapixel camera and it won’t be long before DVDs and CDs are obsolete as well.


The point is that advancements in technology are happening at such an exponential rate that it’s hard to keep up with it all. Remember dial-up internet access? I mean who could forget that horrendous noise you had to endure every time you searched the web. Fortunately, nowadays we have the luxury of connecting through Wi-Fi networks, and even though this is a relatively new technology in itself, even more advanced inventions and innovations are constantly being developed. Here’s a couple of the latest Wi-Fi technologies:


Wi-Fi Appliances: Qualcomm introduced a coffee machine that lets you order a cup of coffee using your phone or tablet. You can then go about your business and as soon as it’s prepared you are notified. Samsung developed a washing machine that runs on a mobile app and offers customized cleaning solutions. You can activate it through your mobile device and easily adjust the settings as well, similar to this Wi-Fi activated home lock.




Wi-Fi Pet Tracking: Wi-Fi enabled tracking devices significantly decrease the chances of your pet getting lost. They track the animal’s activity by establishing a perimeter and you’re sent an alert the moment your pet leaves those boundaries. The collars collect all the activity details and you can access all the information using Wi-Fi.




Wi-Fi Clothes: The SA Style Awards showcased a dress that has Wi-Fi capabilities. Not only does this dress independently change colours depending on its geographical location, but it also serves as a wireless hotspot, meaning you could use the dress itself to connect to the internet.


What do you think of these futuristic Wi-Fi technologies? Are they practical or just simply absurd? And to think of what’s on the horizon in the next 5, 10, 20 years…