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A glimpse into the future

When will the present look more like the future? Is it tomorrow? Is it two days from now? or is it in the blink of an eye?

For all I know, it’s in the blink of an eye. Mainly because once you close them, you can imagine what the future would look like, and how it would make you feel. You can think about ways to reach into the future, and touch it (I am not talking about a time machine, yet). You can make plans on how everything should go. Once you will open your eyes you will see the future. However, it is not yet real. You will have to work it up into making it real.

People have done this since forever, and they won’t stop now.

A high-flying turbine

It is an airborne turbine which exploits wind power, at around 500m above the ground. It is five to eight times more efficient than the normal 50m height grounded tower turbines, and produces double the energy of a tower turbine.

Those futuristic energy power plants have been designed by a company named Altaeros Energies, founded by two M.I.T. post-graduates. They are made so that they can connect to a grounded power station, which can also adjust the height of the flying turbines automatically, in order to reach for more powerful winds. The range of heights at which they can fly is between 300 to 600 metres.


Glasses free 3-D projector

Yes, finally. No more glasses to watch a movie in 3-D. In the past three years, a group of researchers from M.I.T. in the Camera Culture group have been working on this project. They are now in the ‘polishing’ stage, where they are to improve an already working multi-perspective 3-D screen. “Multiperspective 3-D differs from the stereoscopic 3-D now common in movie theaters in that the depicted objects disclose new perspectives as the viewer moves about them, just as real objects would“(newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/glasses-free-3-d-projector-0516). “Current commercially-available, LCD-based 3D displays use a simple concept, first proposed by Frederic Ives in 1903; Ives achieved the illusion of depth by introducing the notion of a parallax barrier. In his design an array of slits is placed slightly in front of a normal 2D display. The slits ensure that each eye sees different regions of the underlying display and, therefore, different images. This method is still widely-employed today, despite its limitations. In particular, the slits required by Ives’s parallax barriers function by blocking rays of light. As a result, traditional barriers significantly reduce the resolution and brightness of the underlying display“(http://web.media.mit.edu/~mhirsch/hr3d/).

Not only that in little time from now we will have glass free 3-D TVs, but also glass free 3-D mobile screens. Oh yes, and a 3-D projector. Not yet like Star Wars, but close.

Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System

Robert Greenberg, the CEO of the Second Sight company, based in California, has dedicated about 20 years of his life to bionic eyesight. As a result of his hard work, in the year 2011 Europe was approving the new ‘medical treatment’ Argus II. This system functions as an artificial retina, capturing images through a camera implanted in a pair of glasses, and sending nerve impulses to the optic nerve in the damaged eye. The end result is the partly restoration of one’s vision.

The device may help adults with RP who have lost the ability to perceive shapes and movement to be more mobile and to perform day-to-day activities,” the FDA’s Dr. Jeffrey Shuren said in a news release.

Though Argus II is $144 000 expensive, some health insurance companies have declared to ‘cover the costs’.

And it’s just the beginning, Greenberg told the trade publication Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry.

It’s a computer-based system, so you can imagine in 10 years how much cell phone and computer technology has advanced, Greenberg adds.


Bounce Imaging Explorer

Robots and Androids and Bounce Imaging explorers. We can’t possibly miss these. The Bounce Imaging Explorer is a device which packs 6 cameras, temperature & humidity sensors, motion detector, carbon monoxide detector, and an intelligent computer in a rubber ball. The information these little guys pick up is sent through Wi-Fi to a connected device, e.g. a smart phone.

The design of the ball is what makes it shock-resistant, so that it can be thrown in inaccessible places such as irradiated zones, or conflict zones. It’s price ranges from $1000,for normal bounce imaging explorer, to $3000 for advanced, reinforced bounce imaging explorer.

Bouncy Android

Soccket Football

It may sound like it’s a soccer ball, and it may look like a soccer ball. And it’s a soccer ball. But, besides being a soccer ball, which is pretty trivial and boring, the soccket soccer ball is also a mechanism which converts kinetic energy to electric energy. The ball was designed to bring Eco-friendly energy to energy poor parts of the world. 16 hours generates enough energy to power up a mobile device for 72 hours.

Matthews, one of the two students from Harvard working on this project, has said there are hopes of expanding to other sports, such as basketball. People across the globe may soon find themselves powering their homes by doing something as delightful and simple as playing a game.

Who would have thought that kicking’ a ball,

would generate power for y’all.


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