For my dad, living way out in the boonies when he was a kid, he got a television just a couple years after indoor plumbing, and for the time and place, both blew his mind. When I was a kid, TV had long existed and it was just there. For me, the tech innovations that rocked my world when they first appeared in the house was the home computer (a TI-99), our first VCR, and later down the line, the first time my dad brought home a laptop— it weighed a ton and it had an awful black and white LCD display, but holy shit, it was a computer that you could carry around with you. What tech innovations blew your mind as a kid when you first saw them in person or when they first showed up in your house?
The Walmart WAVE concept. It’s incredibly fuel efficient, and looks like Optimus Prime 2099.
If you’ve noticed, Keurig single-serving coffee machines have been super hot shit the past couple years, and with that has come a market for off-brand K-cups and empty refillable cups that are compatible with the machines. But with the next generation of Keurigs, this will come to an end. The new coffee machines will use DRM to make sure the cups you’re using are Keurig approved. It’s like the NES Seal of Approval nightmare all over again.
Last year, Apple announced iOS for cars, and this week, they unveiled more details on the system, now called CarPlay. It’s a highly simplified version of iOS with things like Messages, Maps and music controlled in large part by Siri. The OS doesn’t completely take over a car’s info screen, but works in tandem with auto manyfacturer’s own information system. Have your texts or emails read aloud, find music, get directions and navigate through third party apps like Spotify with your voice.
How convenient… according to Nike shoe designer Tinker Hatfield, we will see automatic power laces on Nike shoes in 2015, just in time to converge with the events of Back to the Future II. Whether or not this feature will be on an updated version of the Nike Air Mag, Nike’s real life version of Marty McFly’s shoe from BTTF 2 or just regular Nikes is yet to be seen. All we need now is for Black and Decker to get to work on a rehydrating machine.
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