Friday, June 23, 2006

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What is you could see products from the future? Here’s 5 hot products for the future! From the CNN money site.

Social Network Movie Tickets

The idea: The ticket machine knows your buddy list, tells you how close by buddies are, and offers discounts if they see the movie too.

The trend: More of us will have "always on" connections and GPS devices that always know where we are.

Technology available? In theory. Wi-Fi needs to be more widespread, however, and social networks need to integrate GPS.

Reputation accounts

The idea: A monthly statement keeps track of positive online contributions: writing for wikis, posting podcasts, monitoring community webcams.

The trend: Web 2.0 sites and services live or die on user content, but they can't afford financial incentives.

Technolgy available? Yes, such as's "karma points." But there's no single Web-wide system.

Glacier water

The idea: A new source for bottled H2O.

The trend: The world is getting thirsty for fresh drinking water as rivers run dry. At the same time, global warming is melting the ice caps. Why not turn that bug into a feature?

Technology available? Yes. Alaska Glacier Refreshments is already marketing water that was stored in the Eklutna Glacier for 23,000 years - but it doesn't come direct.

RFID locators and blockers

The idea: A lamp that can be made to spotlight anything with an RFID tag, and a disruptor tag that shuts down signals from RFID chips within 3 feet.

The trend: Consumers are already wary of the new RFID-tagged driver's licenses and credit cards - but they'll be keener on using the technology to find stuff at home.

Technology available? Yes. A company called RSA Security has invented an RFID blocker, though it isn't yet being marketed. But an online business, DifrWear, has started selling an RFID-blocking wallet.

Pharma fruit

The idea: We already fortify foods with vitamins and minerals. Why not add smart drugs and anxiety medication?

The trend: Pharmaceuticals will be taken on an as-needed basis. Users wary of pills might be less afraid of apples.

Technology available? Almost. Already there are functional foods such as Dannon's Activia yogurt, with trademarked bacteria said to promote digestive health.

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