Digital technology has come a long way in leaps and bounds in the last five years. Cloud computing, smartphones and multi-touch tablets are the innovations that have revolutionized our personal and work lives. Well, it’s just a start. Technology will get even better. In the near future, we could lead a life like in science fiction movies.
So, get ready to cut Ninja fruits through your gestures and control the desktop with your eyes, print your own physical product and enter the virtual world and experience virtual reality. Here is the roundup of the top 10 real life gadgets and technologies that will change the world.
Augmented reality is here in the form of a simulated education and experimentation application. But Google has taken several steps forward by launching Google Glass. Theoretically, you can see your texts, social networks, Google Maps and navigate through GPS. You can also get updates on the spot. Currently, it is offered only to some developers at $1500. But other tech companies are at work and trying to build an affordable variant for commercial sales.
3D printing could turn any digital design into a real life product. It’s nothing new for the mechanical industry, but a 3D printer is certainly a revolutionary idea. Everyone can create their own product with their own unique design and does not need any company’s approval. Even the Aston Martin in a James Bond movie was a 3D printed product that crashed for a scene.
The Form 1 is a personal 3D printer that you can buy for $2,799. It seems a very high price but you can produce your own prototypes with it. Imagine a day when any professional could mass produce their own physical products without limits.
Oculus Rift is a 3D headset that would bring virtual reality to life. It allows you to feel like you are really in a video game mentally. In your virtual world, you can see the world on HD screen with very low latency just by turning your head. Several premium products can do the same thing, but Rift delivers that experience for just $300. It’s the start of the next-gen gaming revolution.
The world is bombarded with virtual reality devices. So, the time is right to plunge into the entire virtual world. Oculus Rift is the first step to reach such a level of realism.
The concept of a multi-touch desktop computer fails miserably because hands can get too tired for extended use. But Leap Motion could come up with a more innovative idea. You can control your desktop with your fingers, without having to touch the screen.
Unlike a regular motion sensor, Leap Motion allows the user to zoom in on photos and the map, scroll a web page, sign documents, and also play FPS games with just finger and hand movements. A smooth reaction is a very important part of this. This technology of the future could be yours for only $70. You could buy a premium PS3 game title for this price. If it could work with the Oculus Rift, it could definitely give your real-time gaming a huge makeover.
In most of the devices, the existing problem is that they work independently and the technology leaders need an effort to partner with each other and create products that can connect with each other. With Smart Things, you can make every digital connect, whether it’s digital or not. You can easily get your humidity, vibration, and pressure sensors, and smoke alarms to detect things and alert you using your smartphone.
You can also track who has been in your house, turn on the lights when entering the room, and lock the doors and windows when leaving the house, all with a device that could cost around $500.
Eye tracking has already been actively discussed by techies, but it’s not that simple to implement. But not so for Eye Tribe. They successfully created a technology that can let you control the tablet, play flight simulator and even play Fruit Ninja with just eye movements.
It’s basically just eye-tracking technology that can be combined with a front-facing camera and some serious computerized algorithm. A live demo was held at LeWeb this year and we may see it in action in the future. The company is still looking for a partnership to bring this technology to market.
As we all know, there is no competition for Android and iOS. But both have their own policies and rules that inhibit developers and their creative efforts. Since then, Mozilla decided to develop a new mobile operating system from the ground up, which will focus on freedom, true openness, and user choice.
It is Firefox OS, which is based on the Gecko, Gonk and Gaia software layers. It means that it is completely open source and carries HTML5 and CSS3 technologies.
Developers can release apps without blocking the needs set by stores. Therefore, the users can also customize the operating system according to their needs. Currently, it is available for Android compatible devices. It can be used to perform basic tasks that you do on Android or iOS devices like browsing the web, calling friends, playing games, etc.
Razer’s Project Fiona is supposed to be the first generation of gaming tablets. It is seriously built for hardcore gaming. Tech companies can also develop their dedicated gaming tablets. It features Intel Core i7 CPU to play all the PC games you love in the palm of your hand. Razer has developed a tablet-only user experience, along with a magnetometer, 3-axis gyroscope, accelerometer, and multi-touch user interface.
It will clearly redefine the way computers are made. It is simply a supercomputer for everyone. It is an energy-saving computer built to process complex programs efficiently and simultaneously. It will make the holographic display screen, real-time object tracking and voice recognition even smarter and stronger.
Google driverless car
We’ve all imagined that a driverless car would be real one day. Finally, Google has made it possible. It works with artificial intelligence that receives information from video cameras, a sensor at the top, and some position and radar sensors at various positions in the car. A lot of research and development has been done to mimic human intelligence.