The world is advancing every day, inventing and discovering things that change how we live and perceive the world around us. Without those advances we couldn’t have come this far and won’t be able to go further into the future. Scientists, researchers, developers and designers all over the world strive to bring life to new things that can make life easier and interesting for us. We have selected some such fabulous futuristic technologies that are absolutely mind-blowing and are set to take the world to a whole new level.
The refrigerator concept designed as an entry for Electrolux Design Lab competition by Yuriy Dmitriev utilizes only 8% of a household’s energy for the control pad and none for the actual refrigeration. The biopolymer gel in it uses light generated at cold temperatures to preserve the food and does not require a motor to do it. The gel has neither odor nor is sticky to touch. The refrigerator can be mounted on a wall, can be oriented in whichever direction and can also be fixed on the ceiling.
Ultra-fast 5G internet from solar-powered drones
Google is working on solar powered drones enabled ultra-fast internet project called Project Skybender. In theory, the drones are estimated to deliver mobile internet services 40 times faster than 4G LTE letting you transfer data at gigabytes per second.
The project makes use of millimeter wave to provide the service because the existing spectrums for mobile phone transmissions are too crowded. However, the waves are short ranged and have one-tenth of the range of 4G phone signal. To counter this, Google is working on focused transmissions of the wave to get the wave to function from a high flying drone. If Google manages to solve all the technical problems associated with the project we might not be far behind to step into a world of unbelievably fast mobile internet.
‘5D’ Discs to store TBs of Data to eternity
Researchers have created a 5D disc that records data in 5 dimensions and lasts for billions of years. It can store 360 TB of data and even withstands upto 1000 degrees of temperatures.
The files in the disc are made of three layers of nanoscale dots. The five dimensions of the disc refer to the dots’ size and orientation along with their position within three dimensions. When light passes through the disc these dots change the polarization of the light which is then read using a microscope and polarizer.
The Southampton team who were developing the disc, have managed to perfectly record the entirety of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Newton’s Opticks, Magna Carta and King James Bible. In the coming years the disc will cease to be an experiment and might become the norm of data storage.
Injectable Oxygen Particle
Scientists at Boston Children’s Hospital invented oxygen filled microparticles that can be injected into the bloodstream, which allows you to live even when you can’t breathe.
The microparticles are made of single layer of lipid capsules that enclose a small bubble of oxygen. These capsules are typically 2 to 4 micrometers and are suspended in a liquid to keep their size under control as bigger bubbles are not desirable and could even be dangerous. When injected, these capsules travel and hit the red blood cells transferring the oxygen in the process. More than 70% of the oxygen was able to successfully enter the bloodstream this way.
Underwater Traffic Tunnels
Norway is planning to build world’s first “submerged floating bridges” using large tubes, wide enough for two lanes, suspended 100 feet underwater.
Owing to the difficult terrain that made conventional bridges unsuitable, Norway decided to work on making an underwater bridge. With $25 billion already spent on the project, it is expected to reach completion by 2035. There are still other factors that need to be accounted for, such as how the bridge would be affected by wind, waves, and strong water currents.
A group of developers are taking the glow in the dark enzyme found in certain jellyfish and fireflies and creating bioluminescent trees. These trees could possibly light up public streets while being energy-neutral.
The idea is to use biomimicry to transform normal trees into streetlights to help the passersby see at night. The scientists, in collaboration with a designer, Daan Roosegaarde, are using the DNA of jellyfish, mushrooms and fireflies to help them in their quest. They have already developed smaller versions of the project by developing a plant that glows in the dark. Doing the same for the trees that could light up the streets is their next step.
LG has developed a prototype for a TV that can be rolled up like a sheet of paper.
The TVs use OLED (organic light emitting diode) technology to decrease the thickness of the screen. The OLEDs have organic electroluminescent compounds that light up when electricity is passed through them. Apart from LG, almost all other major TV or electronic display manufacturers such as Samsung, Sony and Mitsubishi are working on making the screens more flexible and portable.
Bionic Eye Lens to give you Superhuman Vision
A doctor in Canada is about to begin clinical testing of “Bionic Lenses” that can correct vision to 3 times 20/20 vision with an 8 minute, pain-free surgery.
The new lens which, according to Dr Garth Webb, will be available by 2017 strengthen the eye’s natural lens, which are prone to decay and damage with time and disease. During the surgery, a syringe is used to flush the saline solution with the lens into the eye and after 10 seconds the folded lens opens up and moves over the natural lens correcting the sight completely.
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