In the last half-century, many new tech innovations have broken the barrier between reality and fiction. Holograms, flying cars, and bionic body parts were once depictions of sci-fi movies; today, we have them in reality. We have picked up the next ground-breaking ideas that were only a wild imagination a few years ago.
Finnish engineers have managed to convert sand into batteries. The engineers took hundred tons of sand and piled them in a 4 x 7m steel container and heated it with solar and wind energy. The heat was then transmitted to energy companies and used for heating purposes. The concept used is resistive heating, in which non-super conductors are heated with electricity, and the generated heat can be used as an energy source.
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Brain Reading Robots
We are far from creating another Professor X from the X-men. However, today we have a machine-learning algorithm fitted with a brain-computer interface and an arm. This arm can move as per the brain signals from a human. This innovation can help tetraplegic patients to be more independent. These technological innovations are auto-learning ones. The arm initially detects incorrect movements and automatically adjusts them to the user’s brain signals. These innovations will one day lead to a tetraplegic patient moving his wheelchair with just his mind.
3D Printed Bones
Ossiform has created 3D-printed bones made with tricalcium phosphate. These bones are easy to make and can be created based on an individual’s needs. Since it is made with a material similar to the bones, the body will soon remodel it into vascularized bones, enabling complete function restoration. The model also has a porous surface in which the cells might attach and regenerate the bone.
Clothes That Can Hear
MIT researchers have created a fabric that detects faint sounds, handclaps, heartbeat, and more. They expect this technology to be advantageous to the visually impaired in the future. Moreover, they also have plans to create fishnets with this fabric that can detect the fish’s sound. The fabric is too thick now, and future research would bring this material for commercial use.
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Star Trek’s Medbay
Remember, in Star Trek, the characters walk into Medbay, where their injuries and illnesses are instantly detected and scanned. Q Bio has brought this fiction into reality. The researchers have created a scanner to measure hundreds of biomarkers, like liver fat, hormone levels, certain cancers, inflammation, and more, in just one hour. The scanner also creates a 3D model of the patient and updates it with every scan.
Tech Innovations Leading To Artificial Eyes
Technological innovations in the medical field have gifted a second life to several million people. You can see several innovations in the ophthalmology department, from laser surgery to eye transplants. The next step is creating an artificial eye.
a) Artificial Cornea
In early 2021, Israeli surgeons created the first artificial cornea and successfully implanted it in a patient. The body accepted the implant and fused it naturally to the tissue.
b) Artificial Iris
Belgium scientists developed the first artificial iris. They fitted it to a contact lens and corrected several vision disorders. The scientists are next working on technological innovations that bypass the eye. They are working on a wireless brain implant to cure vision disorders.
Australian scientists are conducting trials with glasses with a camera that can send info to the implant from the environment. The implant sits on the brain, giving the user the power of sight without eyes.
Smartwatch Powered With Sweat
The University of Glasgow has developed a supercapacitor that uses sweat instead of conventional electrolytes. The battery needs 20 microlitres of sweat and can work four thousand cycles. The battery has a polymer layer that acts as the electrode. The cloth absorbs sweat, and the sweat interacts with the electrode and creates a reaction that generates energy.
Tech Innovations For Omnipresent Internet
Almost half of the world has no access to the internet, and a few companies have tried to fill the gap. One of Google’s tech innovations is helium balloons that can beam internet to areas without access. Facebook failed in its similar mission with drones.
While several such technological innovations are on their way, Hiber has introduced microsatellites (the size of a shoe box) that orbit the earth 16 times per day and wakes up a plugged-in modem to offer internet services.
Remember the Cobra’s nanobots from G I Joe? Scientists have tried a similar innovation by creating tiny robots with frog embryo stem cells. These bots will soon be developed into programmable organisms that can swim in the human body and deliver medicine to specific areas. Or, they can be used to segregate microplastic from ocean water.
Concrete That Can Heal
A concrete created with gel, sand, and bacteria can heal itself. The resulting concrete has load-bearing functions and can heal cracks. The University of Colorado Boulder scientists expect that the resulting concrete can even suck toxins from the environment or glow when needed.
The futuristic world is no longer an imaginative figment thanks to tech innovations. Scientists worldwide have combined several technologies to make life more secure, comfortable, and enjoyable. No one is sure what’s next in the pipeline.