With all the recent bad news I thought it would be nice to show how cool human beings real can be. Our ability as a species to invent labour saving devices is extraordinary and something that should be celebrated. Here is a list of 8 bad ass inventions that should leave you feeling inspired.
1: Quantum Teleporter
Scientists have finally been able to quantum teleport very small objects called photons. These photons were teleported by Austrian researchers across the Danube River in Vienna. In quantum teleportation tiny units of computer information, called quantum bits, are transferred from one place to another. The technology is called teleportation because the information moved behaves more like an object than normal information.
Check this national geographic article if you don’t believe me.
2. Sixth Sense Technology
In a ground breaking TED talk Pranav Mistry showed the world several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data. ‘SixthSense’ is a wearable gestural interface that augments the physical world around us with digital information and lets us use natural hand gestures to interact with that information. The cool thing is that Pranav will make the software behind this open-source so we can all benefit from the technology. Watch the video its mind blowing.
3. 3D Holographic Displays
Using a complicated laser measuring system it is possible to take a complete 3D map of an object and then project that image into a 360 degree 3D holographic image in real time just like the one in star wars ‘Help me, Obi-Wan Kinobe; you’re my only hope.’
4. Bionic Human Exoskeleton
Developed at Berkley University the exoskeleton is a completely un-tethered, hydraulic-powered anthropomorphic exoskeleton that provides users with the ability to carry 200lbs of weight for long periods of time. The beauty of this invention is that you simply put it on and away you go no power switch and no control unit. The exoskeleton instinctively knows what it is you want to do and where you want to go.
5. The Flying car
It does exist and here is one company trying to make it marketable.
6. Mind Reading Headset
This was invented by EPOC, is called Emotiv and is currently being sold in high street shops. As I understand it is a little expensive and annoying to use, but the technology does exist. Check EPOC website.
7. Invisibility Cloak
A technology that has been around for a while and the key to a lot of new technologies is augmented reality. If you don’t know what augmented reality is I suggest you research a little and be amazed. These videos show how some rather clever geeks in Japan have already developed trail versions of invisibility clothing. The problem is taking this technology and making it tangible in the real world.
8. Contact Lenses for Diabetics
Diabetics no doubt find it very boring having to take daily blood samples to measure their blood sugar levels. These contact lenses use extremely small nanoparticles embedded into the hydrogel lenses. The nanoparticles react with the glucose molecules found in tears, and thus changing colour to alert the wearer that they need their insulin.
The human race is super cool and we invent things to make our lives easier. It would be nice if some of the money spent on inventing new weapons was given to the scientists inventing ways to make us live longer, happier and easier lives.