The Near Future

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The Near Future

How will we use technology that has not been invented to solve problems that don’t exist yet? We produce The Near Future films to inspire innovators to create technologies and experiences supported by the broadband network. We wake up every day to invent the future and through our innovation ecosystem, deliver these technologies that make environments more creative, collaborative, personal and improve lives.

The Films / Story

Behind the TechThe Near Future. Step Inside.

The internet experiences that we’re accustomed to today will soon give way to tomorrow’s fully immersive virtual world. The latest film in CableLabs’ Near Future series illustrates a day in the life of one family of four—at home, at work, in learning and in play—as they encounter the integrated technologies that will power the future. These innovations are already in the works, setting all of us up for richer opportunities and seamless interactions in our personal and professional lives in the years to come 

Behind the TechThe Near Future. Diverse Thinkers Wanted.

We’ll soon be able to access all the information we need, whenever we need it—without moving a muscle. A suite of smart, intuitive technologies will transform the way we collaborate and solve problems, boosting creativity and productivity in every aspect of our professional and personal lives. The future of work never looked brighter.

Behind the TechThe Near Future. Ready for Anything.

Let’s explore the near-future technology that will revolutionize the way we absorb new information and redefine education as we know it. With the right tools, you can learn about the world—and the entire universe—by experiencing it firsthand. Welcome to the future where knowledge is limited only by your imagination.

Behind the TechThe Near Future. A Better Place.

It’s not what we create, but why. What is even more incredible than the future tech, is what the creations make possible. Take a look at tech that will truly change the way we connect and interact with one another and the world around us.

Behind the TechThe Near Future. Bring It On.

Our homes will require fast networks with multi-gigabit speeds. This film Illustrates next generation services enabled by high speed low latency networks. Make no mistake – the technologies profiled are under development today, and coming to us in the near future.

Phil McKinney, President and CEO of CableLabs, talks about the technologies illustrated in the film, and how they will affect and benefit our daily lives, in the near future.

Whether you’re a university student, professor, educator or entrepreneur, there’s always room to innovate.

Why We Invent

For over 30 years, CableLabs has been at the forefront of innovation, transforming how humans, communities and industries connect. Dating back to the launch of HFC in 1992 to the start of DOCSIS® in 1994, CableLabs has directly impacted the landscape of tomorrow. With its in-house R&D teams and innovation teams, as well as its ecosystem of partners from both inside and outside the cable industry, CableLabs works with academia, government, vendor ecosystem and beyond to grow the communities of tomorrow. The goal is to create a future that is more useful, more connected and more global, by repeatedly pushing the forefront of innovation, transforming concepts and impossibilities into practical and adoptable everyday uses.


Today CableLabs is here to invent a better future.