From a flying car to a suitcase that follows you around, here are 12 advancements in technology that will blow your mind! 12. Terrafugia TF-X Flying Car Have you ever thought you’d live to see the day when flying cars become reality? Well, you only have to wait about a decade more! The Terrafugia TF-X is the first fully autonomous flying car that is currently under development and will be released in eight to twelve years. This flying car can seat four passengers and uses an engine combined with two electric motors for propulsion. It is capable of vertical take-off and landing by extending its retractable wings attached with pusher propellers. Powered by two plug-in hybrid 600-horsepower electric motors and a 300-horsepower fuel engine, the TF-X is planned to have a flight range of 500 miles (or 805 km) with a cruising flight speed of 200 mph (or 322 km/h) without the need to refuel or recharge.
When in flight, the TF-X will be pretty much autonomous, with its pilot able to navigate to a pre-specified landing zone by itself. The TF-X will also provide operators the choice to fly in either manual or automatic during flight with the ability to control the vehicle in a manner similar to steering the wheel of a regular car. Terrafugia claims that learning to drive the TF-X is likely to take five hours and will take much less time to learn how to safely operate than a traditional airplane. The TF-X will be capable of avoiding air traffic, bad weather, and restricted airspace. For additional safety features, the TF-X would automatically land at the nearest airport if the operator becomes unresponsive and if a TF-X operator declares an emergency, the authorities will be automatically notified of the situation and the TF-X can be landed in a non-approved landing zone.
This futuristic vehicle will also feature a backup full vehicle parachute system that can be activated if the operator believes the vehicle is incapable of auto-landing. Price you ask? It will cost you around $300,000 to purchase one of these, so you better start saving now! 11. Edible Password Pill Forget trying to come up with long, complicated passwords to protect your gadgets and all the precious information you have stored on them – just take one of Motorola’s edible “authentication vitamin” pills and you can literally become a living, breathing human password.
Once this edible electronic pill gets soaked in your gastric juices, it starts transmitting an 18-bit, EKG-like signal from your insides. The ingestible pill’s signal would then automatically unlock your smartphone and other gadgets, which means that you’ll actively be your very own password beacon for as long as the pill is still inside of you. Regina Dugan, former director of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and current senior vice president of Motorola’s cutting-edge special projects team said that once the pill’s swallowed, it basically turns you into a cyborg.
The password pill isn’t available for purchase just yet, although it has been approved by the FDA as “medically safe” enough to take up to 30 times a day every day. In these early days, many questions remain. How much will it cost? Will you need a prescription to get it? Does it really stop emitting a signal upon elimination? Like it or not, ingestible transmitters like these are here to stay and we’re going to see a lot more of them! Before we move on with our list, go ahead and subscribe to our channel for more amazing content! 10. The Aero-X hover bike If you’ve always wanted to experience the feeling of flying, but don’t want to deal with the expense of a plane or helicopter, or spend the time getting licenses and certifications, then the Aero-X Hoverbike might be just what you’re looking for. With two carbon fiber propellers fitted to the front and back, the hover bike is capable of flying up to ten feet above the ground and cruising at 45 miles per hour.
It’s ideal for both professional and recreational uses and it can be used for anything from search and rescue operations, border patrol and disaster relief to bounding over the desert and flying over the water. The Aero-X hoverbike is an aircraft created by Aerofex, an aerospace engineering corporation based in Los Angeles, designed to carry up to two people. The vehicle rises 10 feet from the ground and is expected to weigh 785lb and be 15 feet in length. The bike runs for around 75 minutes on a full tank of fuel. The vehicle has been in development since 2008 and was originally planned for use by one person or as an unmanned drone.
One of the difficulties of this technology involves stability and control, preventing the craft from frequent rollovers and crashes. To achieve this, Aerofex added two control bars which the rider can access at knee level and easily lean to one side or the other to balance the craft. The starting price has been set at $85,000. 9. Gest – The Gesture Controlled Wearable Remember those cool glove-like gadgets that Tom Cruise wars in the science-fiction blockbuster Minority Report? Well, they’re officially here! You can now control your smartphone, tablet, or computer just by moving with Gest, the gesture controlled wearable.
Designed to fit around the palm of your hand, this wearable has cable-connected rings that slide onto your fingers. Using advanced technology, Gest detects and interprets the location and movements of your hand and fingers to perform actions such as closing apps, moving your cursor, and flipping through slides. You can even use Gest to rotate a 3D object by virtually grabbing it. Gest’s sophisticated sensors know precisely where your fingers are so that it can complete these tasks as if it’s just an extension of your arm. All of the gestures and actions are customizable to fit your needs. Gest is a light and convenient device that doesn’t have to collect and analyze huge amount of data, which means the battery can last longer, it can respond faster, and it doesn’t require a separate camera.
Gest is expected to find its fans among people who might be using a stylus and don’t want to put it down to type or click through a menu, so they’ll use the stylus in their dominant hand and wear a Gest tracker on the other. This convenient device is also aimed at the world of virtual reality, where there’s a huge need for controllers that work even when you can’t see them, particularly ones that replace standard computer keyboards. 8. Waverly Labs Pilot Translating Earpiece While many of us would love to become proficient in languages other than our native tongue, it would be pretty much impossible to learn the languages of all of the countries listed on our bucket lists. Luckily, we now have a gadget that brings us one step closer to eliminating all language barriers! The Pilot translating earpiece, developed by New York-based tech start-up Waverly Labs, started as an Indiegogo campaign in 2016.
Now, the start-up says it has sold 27,000 units and has begun shipping this useful gadget to its early customers. The Pilot looks like a fairly standard pair of wireless earbuds that fit snugly in your ear canals and can be used to play music from your phone. But they can also translate languages in real time, enabling a conversation between two people who speak different languages. The Pilot Speech Translator App allows users to translate between languages in two ways: speaking or texting, depending on the languages.
Users will select the source language and the target language. If the source language does not support speech recognition, a keyboard will appear to type your words. If your source language supports speech, simply press the microphone and begin speaking and the translation will appear soon after. 7. Drive-through supermarket Grocery shopping can be such a drag, which is why online services have become increasingly popular for helping customers avoid crowded supermarkets and the struggle of carrying heavy shopping bags. But, these services can require hours or even days to process an order, and for picky shoppers, selecting the best items is something that must be done personally. Now, a Russian inventor has come up with the solution to please everyone – a drive through supermarket, where everything you need is on cascading shelves and you never have to get out of your car.
Russian inventor Semenov Dahir Kurmanbievich has filed a patent application for drive through supermarkets to make shopping convenient and fast. At the entrance of the store, a display would show the available stations to customers as they drive in. Once they’ve driven to the free slots, they will begin and end their shopping in the same place, and the cashier would wait just a few feet away. Vertical ‘elevator-type racks’ will hold all kinds of items on your shopping list, from fresh produce and bread, to six-packs of beer and everyday essentials like milk. The shelves can be changed by pressing a button, which will bring on the next set of food products. The groceries are sent to the cashier on a conveyor belt as you pick them, meaning your food is being bagged while you’re still shopping, so there’s no wait at the end. When the customers are finished picking out their food, all they have to do is drive forward a few feet and pay. Pretty amazing, right? 6. Promessa Organic Ecological Burial Ever since the Middle Ages, the most common way to bury the dead has been to lay the corpse in a casket and then bury the casket several feet underground.
Since then, we have learned that casket burials cause environmental and health problems since the corpses do not receive enough oxygen to quickly decompose into compost. Instead, the corpses undergo a slow rotting process by bacteria that feed on sulfur, and remaining products can harm the nearby drinking water. A Swedish company called Promessa Organic AB thinks there is a better way to lay the dead to rest. The company’s founder, biologist Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak, has developed an ecological form of burial in which the corpse is transformed into compost in about 6 to 12 months. The organic burial process avoids embalming fluids and reduces the environmental impact on the air, water, and soil. The first part of the ecological burial method involves removing the water that makes up 70% of the human body. To do this, the company freeze-dries the corpse in liquid nitrogen within a week and a half after death.
The corpse is first frozen to -18°C (or 0°F) and then submerged in liquid nitrogen. Next, sound waves at a specific amplitude vibrate the brittle corpse, transforming it into an organic white powder. The powder is sent through a vacuum chamber that evaporates the water, greatly decreasing the corpse’s mass. If the person had metal surgical implants, a metal separator can remove these parts from the dry powder. If required, the powder can also be disinfected. At this point, the organic powder is hygienic and odorless, and the remains can either be cremated or buried. Since the powder will not decompose if kept dry, there is no hurry for a burial. At the time of burial, the remains are laid in a coffin made of a bio-degradable material such as corn starch and placed in a shallow grave.
Depending on the wishes of the deceased’s family, a bush or tree can be planted above the coffin. Within 6 to 12 months, both the coffin and its contents will become loam, a high-nutrient soil that nourishes the plant growing above. As Promessa’s website notes, this process “can instill greater insight in and respect for the ecological cycle, of which every living thing is a part. The plant stands as a symbol of the person, and we understand where the body went.” 5. Father.io: Massive Multiplayer Laser Tag With Father.io, the world’s first real-life Augmented Reality First Person Shooter, you can experience the adrenaline, tactics and strategies of gaming in your everyday life.
Father.io is an alternate reality future, set shortly after the Technological Singularity. Artificial intelligence has surpassed human intelligence, the IoT connects the whole world to the Net. Humanity created “Ethereus,” a super-cloud computer, able to re-design itself, in a perpetual process of artificial evolution. The game is aiming to be a major cross-platform augmented reality experience with users being able to use smartphones, smartwatches, computers and even drones to play! What is perhaps the most exciting part of this is that – unlike most of the other tech devices on our list – it’s super cheap to get in on the action.
The smartphone add-ons, called Inceptors, start at just $18! In addition to gadgets allowing you to take shots on nearby players, they also serve to alert you of “enemies” when they enter your immediate area so you can be ready to take them on. The device allows to shoot players at 50 metres distance and offers a wide range of weapons with unique features in terms of rate of fire, potential damage and shooting distance. You can between 4 different weapons: Assault rifle, Sniper rifle, SMG and Handgun – each with different shooting distance and accuracy, rate of fire and damage potential. The device works with all iPhone 5c or newer and Android or higher with Bluetooth 4. Tablet or iPad devices, however, are not compatible. 4. Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator Behold the refrigerator of the future! The Samsung Family Hub has three built-in cameras that take a photo every time the doors close.
You can use your phone to access the photos from anywhere, so you always know what you have and what you’re missing from your fridge. You can now manage your groceries by creating shopping lists that sync between the Family Hub and your mobile. But that’s not all! You can even use the refrigerator to do online grocery shopping with the built in browser plus access to an amazing collection of member-shared recipes. Your family can share their calendars, photos, and notes directly on the Family Hub, or from their mobile devices.
All communications are housed and displayed on a 21.5″ Full HD LCD resolution screen on the exterior door. The screen allows you to post, share and update calendars, pin photos, share your kids’ works of art, and leave notes — all with the convenience of your smartphone. You can also stream your favorite music from Pandora and TuneIn Radio apps that play through the refrigerator’s built-in speaker or connect to your Bluetooth wireless speakers. Wait, there’ more! You can even enjoy your favorite TV shows using screen mirroring with select Samsung Smart TVs! 3. Nike “Marty McFly” Air Mag Sneakers The Nike Mag, the self-lacing sneaker worn by Marty McFly in Back The The Future II, is without a doubt one of the most iconic sneakers of all time is. During the production of the film, Nike was tasked with creating a futuristic shoe that would exist in the year 2015. Renowned footwear designer Tinker Hatfield came up with the mega high-top Mag, a shoe that features hands-free shoe-laces, blinking neon lights, and a grey/blue color pattern. In 2011, Nike made the first-ever official release of the Mag by auctioning 1,510 pairs exclusively through eBay and live auctions at Nike stores, but that version didn’t feature the “Power Laces” technology.
Finally, on October 21, 2015 – which is the same date Marty McFly visited the future in Back to the Future Part II – Nike unveiled a self-lacing version of the Nike Mag, with all proceeds of both the 2011 and 2016 releases going directly to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. The 2016 Nike Mag combines the archetype invention with new technologies and the result is an individually responsive system, called Adaptive Fit, that senses the wearer and tightens or loosens accordingly. 2. Cowarobot Robotic Suitcase Tired of lugging your suitcase through busy airports? Just get a Cowarobot then! Cowarobot is the first fully autonomous smart suitcase that follows you while avoiding obstacles in its path. It can transition easily from hardwood floors to carpets, and handle uneven roads. It moves at 4.5mph and can handle slopes up to 15°.
And if you ever want to pull the luggage yourself instead of having it follow you, just touch the handle. With an all-aluminum frame and 100% German Bayer polycarbonate, Cowarobot is built with top notch construction quality, and with a modular design, this suitcase is more convenient and spacious than your regular one. Cowarobot’s patented sensor is constantly collecting and sending data back to the CO-MOVE Processor that will plan a path, and navigate the suitcase around obstacles making its way back to you.
The Cowarobot uses a portable power bank as its power source, so you can easily charge your devices directly from the power bank or with the integrated USB ports on the suitcase when the power bank is inserted. The suitcase is equipped with a patented intelligent lock system, and a proximity alarm. With a keyless remote and LED lock indicator, you no longer have to worry about your personal belongings being stolen. Even if you accidentally lose or misplace your luggage, you can easily find its location on the suitcase app thanks to its onboard GPS. 1. Ulo – The Interactive Surveillance Camera Have you ever seen a cuter surveillance camera? Meet Ulo – the interactive surveillance camera with an owl design which has actual eyes to focus on the environment. Communicating and interacting with you through eye expressions, Ulo can get across a variety of messages. But don’t be fooled by the cute design – inside Ulo there are a whole host of surveillance technologies. The beak is actually a two-way mirror with a camera and a motion sensor. Below the beak is a microscopic microphone. Inside is a speaker, an orientation sensor, Wi-Fi connectivity, and all of this is topped with a capacitive button.
The eyes, which you can customize for color, size, and shape, provide an elegant LCD screen. When you leave your home, Ulo automatically sends you GIF updates to your email inbox or you can tune into the app for a live view. The rechargeable battery gives Ulo life for up to a week. Ulo’s interactive eyes are used to display expressions reflecting different situations. For example, Ulo squints when someone is watching live video feed. It appears drowsy when the battery is below 10%. It blinks when you take a snapshot. And it even follows your movement! Ulo also includes three modes: standard, spy, and alert. Using “Alert Mode,” which you can activate by double tapping its head or by using the mobile app, Ulo will start monitoring for motion. It also uses your phone to know if you’re present or not. For example, if your phone is within range, it assumes you’re home and will do its cutesy animations for you. However, once your phone leaves the premises, its eyes shut in an attempt to avoid drawing attention to itself, like a stealth mode.
If anything happens while you’re gone, it will send you an animated GIF to your phone to notify you. Which of these tech advancements are you most excited about? Let us know in the comment section below and subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss out on any of the upcoming content! .