Ever since the industrial revolution at the beginning of the 19th century, humanity has come on leaps and bounds. If you look at how far we have truly come in the last 200 years, it is astonishing and there are no signs of it slowing down. Developments are happening all the time in the technology industry and things that we may see as pipe dreams may not be as far away as you think. In today’s day and age, technology has made everything easier for us. We can now speak to people on the other side of the world in real time, we are on the verge of commercial space travel and almost everything we do on a daily basis is automated.
Technological advancements have also changed the way businesses go about their work, increasing what they are able to do. For example, new CNC turning machines have enabled engineering companies to take on work they were never able to before; thanks to their increased precision. So here are a few things that could change the way we live our lives in the future and that may not be as distant and impossible as you first thought.
According to the head of design at Mini, Anders Warming, ‘we’re not too far away’ from driverless cars. Whether this is a good thing or bad thing though is another story. Part of the allure of owning your own car means you get to drive it wherever and however you like (within reason). Also, can there really be a foolproof way of having safe driverless vehicles? Warming also said that Mini is planning to launch a system called Mini connected which is set to drastically improve the way we interact with our cars and, among other things, will mean we have social media fully installed in them.
A Pleasant Morning After The Night Before
Everybody has their own hangover cure that seems to work for them but does it really leave you feeling headache-free the next day? What if there was something that worked across the board for everyone. Well, a group of researchers believes that we are only 2-4 years away from removing hangovers all together. A form of synthetic alcohol is being developed that can be added to non-alcoholic drinks, cause a buzz similar to being drunk and then would just require a pill to remove the effects.
The Tooth Dentist
Now you may be thinking that all dentists deal with teeth but what if your tooth was its own dentist? Scientists at Princeton in America are working on a kind of temporary technical tattoo that could be attached to your tooth and will pick up early signs of plaque and decay. It will also alert your real dentist so that they can prompt you to come in for a check-up. With dental health still a worldwide concern this invention could revolutionize the way we look after our teeth and with these little censors being very affordable they could be replaced on a daily basis. They are apparently only 4-5 years away from being fully developed, so watch this cavity.
A More Effective Fire Extinguisher
Modern fire extinguishers are a lot better at putting out flames than they used to be but they still contain dangerous chemicals and can cause harm to the ozone layer. However, the defense research department at the Pentagon is working on a better solution. The invention involves a wand being used to send an electromagnetic field to the base of the fire which stops it in its tracks. I don’t think you have to shout expelliarmus as you do it but it could help. This new device could be with us in around 4 years.
Phone Charging Pants
These days everyone has a mobile phone and due to the increasing time we spend on them, the battery never seems to last longer than a couple of days, if you’re lucky. The geniuses at Wake Forest University have started work on electric clothing that could help make this a thing of the past. The material that is being developed is able to detect slight changes in temperature between different areas of your clothes and then use this heat to create electricity. The material could then be placed into the back of your phone case and would be able to use the heat of your pocket to charge it up. Charging chinos could be with us in as little as 2 years.