10 Amazing Innovations of the Near Future
I think we can all agree that computers and the internet have had a huge impact on pretty much every industry, and are the cornerstones of our modern civilization. It's amazing to think that people once thought of computers as a huge waste of space, and that they would never become popular. The past decade has taken these innovations and brought them into the mainstream with technologies like social networking, GPS, smartphones, and a whole lot more. It truly is mind-blowing to see how far we've come in the past decade alone.
We live in a unique and interesting time in human history, where the sharing of ideas and information is done at lightening speed, and innovative research is at an all-time high. The next 10 years are going to be one hell of a ride, with so many problems still left to solve - from overpopulation to finding alternative energy sources, from ending illness to exploring space - and we're only just starting to understand this basic fact: for all we know, we know almost nothing.
With all the innovation taking place in the world, from tiny steps in existing technologies to new, industry-changing ideas, it's getting pretty hard to keep up to date with the latest discoveries. If you're interested in a small glimpse of what's in store for humanity in the near future (we limited our list to technologies we believe could be out in the next ten years), then this list is for you.
Body Motion Sensitive Screens
Just as the Kinect has revolutionised gaming with its motion sensing technology taking the place of a joystick or other physical device, a soon-to-be-released technology by Leap Motion could change the way we use our computers. Not only would this highly accurate motion-sensing technology replace the mouse or keyboard, it would even send touch-screens to the antique pile, being much simpler and more natural to use.
Imagine raising your hand and an icon appears, almost by magic, on your computer's screen. Using naunced gestures you'de be able to navigate the web, clicking on links with just a tap, minimizing screens or zooming into images with a flick of the wrist. Even games could use this technology to transform your entire body into a living game control - no special suit required. Soon you'll be able to watch the movie "Minority Report" with your friends and boast that your computer can do the same as Tom Cruise's, and this time it won't be a lie.
This idea is still in the concept stage, but we foresee a bright, intoxicating future. Just as the 3D printer is able to take a 3D digital model, basically a file on your computer, and translate that into physical objects such as machine or gun parts, the Chemputer would take this concept to the molecular level and enable printing of pharmaceuticals. Instead of ink, this printer would use a mixture of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, the basic building blocks of most drugs, as well as certain agents such as vegetable oil and parafin.
Imagine the uses: diabetics could print their own insulin at home, personal Chemputers could be used in third world countries to print out the exact needed drug at the right time to save lives. Obviously this would have a huge impact on the medical and pharmaceutical industry as well as drug research. With the chemputer, you would go online, download your medication and then print it out, all from the comfort of your home.
You're welcome to add your own usage ideas in the comments below.