HP is unveiling today its expectations for “megatrends,” or the major trends that will shape our world in the years to come. It comes courtesy of Shane Wall, the chief technology officer of HP and head of HP Labs. He oversees research and development at HP.
“Imagine giving students a 360-degree virtual view of a historic location or a place in outer space like Mars” suggests HP Labs researcher Ji Won Jun.
“Then you use 3D models of Mars rovers or you 3D scan artifacts excavated from a site to bring those objects into a virtual reality experience where students can grab and interact with them,” Jun adds. “That experience gets them closer to understanding what it would be like to be there, and it’s different from just reading about it in a book.”
Commercial and residential buildings together account for 40 percent of all US energy consumption.1 That alone is a major incentive to make both more energy efficient, suggests HP Labs researcher Rongliang Zhou.
“If we can better match the air conditioning, lighting, and power provided in buildings to their actual energy needs, we can save money for building owners of all kinds,” he says.
The rise of "Big Data" has led to a greater strain on global resources and energy sources. As a leading provider of data storage solutions, HP believes it has a responsibility to reduce and mitigate the impact of increased energy usage. That's why HP Labs is pioneering net-zero energy data centers.