Ultra-small PCs that fit on a single chip. Batteries that recharge without cables. TVs that respond to your every gesture. These and other developing technologies will fundamentally change the way you think about and use your computer. PC Advisor looks at the technology of tomorrow.

For once we're pretty confident of predicting the next big thing in computing. It's the memristor - a microscopic component that can 'remember' electrical states even when turned off. It's expected to be far cheaper and faster than flash storage.

A theoretical concept since 1971, it has now been built in labs and is already starting to revolutionise everything we know about computing, potentially making flash memory, RAM and even hard drives obsolete within a decade.

The memristor is just one of the incredible technological advances set to turn the world of computing upside down. Other innovations in the works are more down to earth, but they also carry great significance.

From the technologies that finally make paperless offices a reality to those that can throw electricity across a room without wires, these advances should make your humble PC a very different beast come the turn of the decade.

Over the following pages, we outline the basics of 13 embryonic technologies, with predictions of what may come of them. Some are breathing down our necks; some are still just out of reach. All have to be reckoned with.

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  1. Analysis: the future of the PC revealed
  2. A groundbreaking new circuit
  3. 32-core computing
  4. 64bit computing with more RAM
  5. Windows 7 – inevitably
  6. SuperSpeed USB
  7. Goodbye graphics cards
  8. Recharge without wires
  9. Gesture recognition
  10. Curtains for DRM
  11. The Google PC
  12. Your fingers do even more walking
  13. Mobile-phone ticketing
  14. Location, location, location