This year will be an exciting one to say the least, especially in the technology world. We've rounded seven of the most exciting developments that have already moved beyond the concept stages for your viewing enjoyment. Continue reading to see them all.
7. Form 1 3D Printer
The Form 1 combines great design and solid engineering to simplify the entire printing process. It utilizes Stereolithography (SL) technology to achieve the highest resolution available in 3D printing, blowing away plastic extrusion (FDM) performance.
6. Face Cloning
Disney Research has proposed a complete process for designing, simulating, and fabricating synthetic skin for an animatronics character that mimics the face of a given subject and its expressions. This process starts with measuring the elastic properties of a material used to manufacture synthetic soft tissue.
5. Air to Fuel
According to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, this revolutionary process is a potential 'game changer' in the battle against climate change. Stockton-on-Tees-based Air Fuel Synthesis has reportedly developed a method to make petrol directly from water and carbon dioxide in the air.
4. Glasses-Free 3D TV
The MIT Media Lab system uses several layers of liquid-crystal displays (LCDs), the technology currently found in most flat-panel TVs. To produce a convincing 3-D illusion, the displays would need to refresh at a rate of about 360 times a second, or 360 hertz. Such displays may not be far off: LCD TVs that boast 240-hertz refresh rates have already appeared on the market, just a few years after 120-hertz TVs made their debut.
3. Google's Self-Driving Cars
The Google driverless car is a project by Google that involves developing technology for driverless cars. The project is currently being led by Google engineer Sebastian Thrun, director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and co-inventor of Google Street View.
2. Google Glasses
Google Glasses are a part of Project Glass, a research and development program by Google to develop an augmented reality head-mounted display (HMD). These products would display information in smartphone-like format hands-free and could interact with the Internet via natural language voice commands.
1. Leap Motion
Not just any touchscreen technology, Leap Motion presents an entirely new way to interact with your computers. Put simply, Leap Motion is more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen. For the first time, you can control a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand and finger movements.