These technological innovations pave the way for a safer future.
A decade ago, the disruptive technologies we have today were unimaginable. Sure, we had the concept of artificial intelligence and robotics back then, but the sophistication these technologies have today was unfathomable. In contrast, Imagine the scenario a decade in the future. Will we live with flying cars like the Jetsons? Will the food shortage end with floating farms? Will we live in smart bio-bubbles? The possibilities are endless, but in practice there are some cool innovations that could become a reality. Excited?
1. Bionic eyes
A trend started by Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody from Harry Potter; Researchers are actually working to make this a reality. In January 2021, surgeons from Israel implanted the world’s first artificial cornea in a blind 78-year-old man. After the operation, the man was able to read family members and see what the implant was like able to fuse with human tissue.
2. Airport for air taxis
In the black and white era, flying cars were proposed to become a reality. But speculators didn’t think the technology was powerful enough. But with cities now congested, drones for delivery and flying electric taxis are becoming a reality with its first UK government-funded Urban AirPort. Those under development are powered by a hydrogen generator as a clean alternative to fuel.
3. Bricks with energy
Smart devices? Go on! It’s time for smart bricks. Scientists have found a way to store energy in the bricks that houses are made of. Researchers at Washington University in Missouri have developed a building block that can act as batteries. Although this technology is still in its infancy, it can store significant amounts of energy in the future.
4. Welding Smartwatches
Sports enthusiasts and the tech lazy come together, engineers from the University of Glasgow have developed a new type of smart wearable that stores energy with sweat. It replaces the electrolytes of conventional batteries and can be fully charged with just 20 microliters of liquid. The sweat reaches the device through the fabric cover.
5. Living robots
According to Hollywood movies, that’s a terrible idea. According to science, this is a big growth for the technology. Small hybrid robots made from stem cells from frog embryos may one day swim around in the human body for medical purposes or collect microplastics in the ocean.
6. Heart monitoring clothing
Heart monitoring watches are not new now, but accuracy is questionable. Using a single-lead EKG printed on the fabric, KYMIRA is working to create a smart t-shirt. This garment measures heartbeats precisely and uploads them to the cloud via Bluetooth. Algorithms analyze the data, look for heart rate abnormalities and alert the user.
7. Super fast charging car batteries
The problem with electric cars is their charging speed and a fast charging battery will solve the problem. Fast charging of lithium-ion batteries reduces their service life. Therefore, researchers at Penn State University found that the heat damage can be avoided by allowing the batteries to heat up to 60 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes and then cool to ambient temperature. The battery will use a self-heating nickel foil and a rapid cooling system will be developed inside the car.
8. Silicon chips with artificial neurons
Researchers have found a way to attach human-like neurons to silicon chips that mimic the electrical properties of a real neuron. “Up until now, neurons were like black boxes, but we managed to open the black box and look inside,” said the head of the project, Professor Alain Nogaret. If this application is successful, it can be used to treat heart failure and even Alzheimer’s disease.
9. Sound engineering for forest fires
Forest fires are a major threat to people and the environment. Using traditional methods, it takes weeks and even months to put out a massive fire, but researchers at George Mason University are working on a sound extinguisher. Since sound is made up of pressure waves, it can disrupt the air in the fire and cut off its supply around the fire at the correct frequency.
10. Self-healing concrete
Researchers have created living concrete from sand, gel and bacteria. According to experts, this material has load-bearing and self-healing properties that are completely safe for the environment. The need for such an invention arises from the fact that concrete is the second most widely used material on earth, along with water.
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