A large part of what I am about to write below is a warning to my Speculative or Science Fiction writing brethren. It's not an attempt to cast blame, and certainly not an attempt to whine. It is merely an attempt to encourage writers to not procrastinate if their stories are contingent upon near-future technologies.
Unless this is your first visit to this site, (or you've not been paying attention, lol), you will undoubtedly know that I am currently at work on a rather large SciFi/Speculative Fiction series titled "d.o.mai.n", the first book of which is due to come out next year.
I have envisioned alot of new technology to be included in these books, spent alot of time trying to decide where technological trends will go in the 20 years seperating today to the setting of the novels. I will probably be wrong on much of it, overshooting on some advancements and not being ambitious enough on others.
Such is the nature of Spec. Fiction.
When you base alot of your ideas on fields or products that are just now at their infancy, you are in essence engaging in a footrace with the scientists tasked with bringing those ideas to market. If you procrastinate as I have, sometimes the scientists catch up to your vision.
In the chronology of my writing of d.o.mai.n, the second book was initially started a decade ago. It began as a screenplay, as with the advent of Blender and other special effects software, I fancied myself a filmmaker. One of the effects I had envisioned (though I doubt I was the first to come up with the idea) was of a car where every exterior and hard interior body panel was constructed of LCD, essentially making the car one giant television.
This was one of the first scenes I wrote, and I am pasting a short excerpt below in the hopes that you all forget you saw it in time for the publishing of the second book in the series, lol.
(Note: I did revise this passage pretty heavily. I did learn something while revising it though-If you want to see how far you have come in a specific discipline, all you have to do is take a look at the quality of work you produced ten years ago)