Inventions That Will Blow Your Mind
Self Healing Plastic
Now, more than 20 years after the 1991 film Terminator 2 was released, Spanish scientists claim to have developed the world’s first self-healing polymer that can spontaneously rebuild.The new material has been labelled ‘Terminator’ by researchers, who say it could help improve the lifetime and security of plastic parts in anything from electrical components to houses.
The discovery – revealed in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s journal Materials Horizons – was hailed as the first polymer that restores itself without intervention, reported United Press International.The researchers from the Centre for Electrochemical Technologies in San Sebastian said that after being cut in two and the pieces pushed back together, one sample 97 per cent healed in two hours.
It sounds like a particularly suspicious late-night infomercial: Spray your way to a better wireless signal! Improve your range! Save battery! Transmit over great distances under water! But Chamtech’s spray-on antenna is a real product with some impressive claims. It can be sprayed on almost any surface, even trees and orange barrels. It doesn’t suck up power. It works in a mysterious nanotech way.
Step 1: Spray antenna material on surface.
Step 2: Connect phone to material.
Step 3: ????
Step 4: Make a phone call to the moon.
Chamtech co-founder Anthony Sutera imagines a world where wireless antenna towers are replaced with nano-paint on walls, and issues like iPhone Antennagate are a thing of the past.
Ultra Ever Dry
Ultra-Ever Dry is a superhydrophobic (water) and oleophobic (hydrocarbons) coating that will repel most water-based and some oil-based liquids. Ultra-Ever Dry uses proprietary omniphobic technology to coat an object and create a surface chemistry and texture with patterns of geometric shapes that have “peaks” or “high points”. These high points repel water, some oils, wet concrete, and other liquids unlike any other coating.
Ultra-Ever Dry has vastly improved adhesion and abrasion resistance, compared to previous superhydrophobic technologies, allowing it to be used in applications where greater durability is required.
Cisco Telepresence (Holographic Video Conferencing )
The Cisco Telepresence video conferencing solution has been at the front of enterprise meeting technology. Cisco (has rolled out a host of different Telepresence solutions that people are using all across the globe. Video conferencing has long been growing in popularity and companies around the world have been looking for ways to improve what the technology can do. Cisco believes it has taken a huge step forward with a new generation of video conferencing.
We’ve all seen the Science Fiction programs and movies that promise really interesting technologies that are all based on holograms. One of the coolest features of holograms is making them so that they actually look like you could reach out and touch whatever the digital picture is showing. Cisco Telepresence has actually managed to put together a video conferencing solution that will make you think that you can sit down and play a game of Texas Hold ‘em with whoever you are conferencing with.
Cisco rolled out the next generation of video conferencing last week, complete with holographic displays that make it look like people who are thousands of miles away are actually in the same room. The video quality of these holograms is not so perfect that you cannot tell that they are holograms, but it certainly a high enough quality that you can carry on a conversation as if you are standing next to the person you are conferencing with.
3-D printing technology helps you print parts and materials practically at your desktop. The technology is poised to explode and become as common as a Smartphone, thanks to falling prices in commodities. In the future, 50% of parts used in a jet engine could be manufactured by 3D printers.
The 3-D printing market could nearly double by 2019, and become a $6.5 billion industry from less than $3.5 billion today, according according to Wohlers Associates, the independent consulting firm that provides technical and strategic advice on the new developments and trends in rapid product development, AM, and 3D printing.
Eye tracking has been actively discussed by technology enthusiasts throughout these years, but it’s really challenging to implement. But Eye Tribe actually did this. They successfully created the technology to allow you to control your tablet, play flight simulator, and even slice fruits in Fruit Ninja only with your eye movements.
It’s basically taking the common eye-tracking technology and combining it with a front-facing camera plus some serious computer-vision algorithm, and voila, fruit slicing done with the eyes! A live demo was done in LeWeb this year and we may actually be able to see it in in action in mobile devices
Google Driverless Car
I could still remember the day I watch the iRobot as a teen, and being skeptical about my brother’s statement that one day, the driverless car will become reality. And it’s now a reality, made possible by… a search engine company, Google.
While the data source is still a secret recipe, the Google driverless car is powered by artificial intelligence that utilizes the input from the video cameras inside the car, a sensor on the vehicle’s top, and some radar and position sensors attached to different positions of the car. Sounds like a lot of effort to mimic the human intelligence in a car, but so far the system has successfully driven 1609 kilometres without human commands!