Visual tour: The future of tablets

This is what your tablet may look like in five years

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Future tablets

Location, location, location

Location-savvy services such as Foursquare tell the online world where you're dining, shopping, or loitering. But future tablet and phone apps will do much more than anoint you the Mayor of Starbucks. in July, Fujitsu Laboratories announced a new mobile platform that automatically downloads and runs -- and later erases -- apps and data appropriate for a particular time and place. If you bring your tablet to the Museum of Natural History, for instance, Fujitsu's cloud-based system will identify where you are and immediately push the museum's navigation guide to your slate. When you leave the museum, it will automatically delete the guide. Naturally, the system will also work with smartphones and PCs. Too creepy? Let's hope that there's an opt-out button.

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