Carbon nanotube development is still in the lab
so far. But over the next few years we should see some conceputal high yeild production become cost effective. These things are the strongest fibres known to man. They have a tenstile strength of over 150Kpa which means you can theoretically build an elevator to space with them (honest).
They are much stronger than diamond fibre (still pretty much thoery) and can be coaxed into being insulative, conducting or semiconductive. They conduct heat better than copper (ultralight heatsink) and are about as revolutionary as plastic was, what, 50 years ago?
Aerogell is sort of like liquid smoke. There is another thread her taking about battery technology and using them in the future. You can vary the density of the substance and you can make carbon or silica based aeogells. To give you some idea of the surface area a bar-of-soap sized chunk has as much surfae area 5 football fields. That's about 1000 sqm/g!!!! ( source <a href="http://www.studentgroups.ucla.edu/gsj/air.pdf
No, Aeogells are not used on the space shuttle, I belive that's an advanced ceramic. I think there are plans to replace these with Aeogell tiles, but aerogel is very, very delicate.
I love the idea about the sinking keyboard! that's like the new Sharp 3/4" laptop.
Lithium Poylmer battery is a must moving forward, but I think Apple has this planned for use soon.
I've never seen carbon/titanium weaves.. do you have any links, I'd love to read up on it. I have heard of titanium-plastic matrix, which sounds pretty sci-fi to me, but I can't confirm anything.
Anybody think about removing the LCD completly?
Microvision had demonstrated a SVGA retinal scanning laser they're bringing to market. What if instead of a display you just put on a pair of glasses or a clip on (this would need at least SXGA resolution and full colour,, not sure when)