Five July 4th Predictions for the Future Meg July 3, 2015 Cities, Energy, Lifestyle The 4th of July is right around the corner, and for many Americans, this patriotic day is synonymous with the great outdoors, grilling, potato salad, and fireworks. However, these traditions have evolved over time and are certain to continue evolving as we become more immersed in the age of the Internet of Things (although we hope potato salad doesn’t go anywhere). By 2020, it’s estimated that 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet. Wearable technology is becoming more integrated into our daily lives, and it will absolutely affect our future. How will it change the way we celebrate Independence Day? Here are our predictions: Fireworks could go digital Many parts of the United States are in the midst of a drought and are cancelling holiday fireworks shows as a result. For example, parts of California have banned fireworks for the 4th of July this year to avoid accidental fires. With the price of fireworks and their impact on and threat to the environment, holographic or projected fireworks could be used instead in the future to provide more color, more shapes, and a bigger show. You’ll know your house is safe when you’re traveling AAA estimates that 41.9 million Americans will travel over the July 4th holiday weekend this year, the most in eight years. This weekend is the traditionally most traveled holiday period of the summer. Unfortunately, some people take advantage of this information and will attempt to break into the homes of those who are simply seeking a getaway weekend. The technology of the future will help ease people’s minds while traveling, as the Internet of Things will provide them with on-demand information about the state of their house. If anyone tries to break in, a sensor will likely be able to send you an immediate notification and can also alert the police. We’re in the beginning stages of home safety technology, but it’s certainly going to become more sophisticated as time goes on. Feel the best you can feel with devices like doppel Whether you want to wind up to go to a holiday party, relax during a BBQ, or burn off all of those calories the next day, devices of the future will be able to assist you and provide you with maximum information. For example, doppelworks naturally with your body to increase your performance at work, rest, and play. This device, now available for funding on Kickstarter, has a heartbeat, a double beat pulse that you feel on the inside of your wrist. You can control the rhythm and the intensity of the beat. When doppel beats at your resting heart rate your mood will shift to being more calm. Upping the beat gets you going. A gentle slow beat will be best to wind you down for bed. An intense fast beat will set your cadence on a fast run. Use doppel to set your pace. Concerned about sugar overload? Not anymore! In the future, we predict that there will be a variety of apps that are telling you how you’re doing on your diet and if you’ve overloaded on sugar. So dig into that apple pie… until your device notifies you that you’re approaching your peak sugar levels for the day! Dennis Bonilla, executive dean at the college of information systems and technology at the University of Phoenix and a former vice president for Oracle, told the LA Times: The wearable technologies we’re seeing on the market now are early, clunky versions of what’s coming soon. In the future, your smartwatch will instantly access your medical records, diet and training logs, then sync them with sensors in the supermarket and mall to provide real-time shopping and health advice. Your smart shoes and biometric shirts will remind you to straighten your posture, hydrate and run and walk with correct form to protect your back and knees. Grilling will become easier Grilling is a serious job on the 4th of July. It can be easy to get distracted if you’re catching up with old friends, potentially resulting in very, very well done hamburgers. What if a grill could sense when your meat is ready? As far as we know, that doesn’t exist quite yet, but that is the grill of the future. Or, what if you didn’t realize your propane tank was running dangerously slow halfway through cooking shish kabobs? Refuel has created a smart gauge for propane tanks that takes the guess work out of what your propane level is. Now you’ll be able to check the level on your smartphone so you can always make sure you have enough in stock. Have a safe and Happy 4th of July! Find the original post on MobileFOMO.