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.
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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The New York City subway system isn’t the most confusing thing in the world, but trains don’t stop if you’re confused, and if you’re new to the city or visiting, standing in front if those worn out and faded paper maps to figure out which lines you should take can be frustrating. Promised a year ago, the future of subway navigation is finally in NYC. First installed at Grand Central station with rollouts to other stops based on passenger volume, the new giant touchscreens will tell you exactly how to get where you’re going and if there are any delays etc.
Scientists have created a network which various smart devices and artificial intelligences will use autonomously to share information and learn from each other – increasing their capabilities. Should we just surrender now?
Smart communication between cars isn’t just a novel concept that may or may not happen sometimes in the next decade— if the US Department of Transportation gets their way, requiring cars to talk to each other will be law by 2017. The idea is that by requiring all cars to be able to communicate with each other, it will prevent accidents and save lives by having your car be an extra set of eyes to see hazards you might miss.
According to a meeting Apple execs had with people at the FDA, the plans for iOS 8 include health monitoring, such as using tools in the phone’s hardware to monitor how much exercise you’re getting, as well as compatibility with the forthcoming iWatch and third party wearable devices to monitor things like heart rate, blood pressure, etc. iOS 8 will supposedly come bundled with an app called Healthbook to keep track of what lazy fuck you are. Yes, your iPhone is on its way to being a tricorder.
The US already has a pretty dominant position in robotic aerial warfare, and we’re working on our own fleet of ground and naval drones, and we’re not the only ones. Russia has been very busy the past few years putting together its own rolling robot legion of death. At this point, it might be hard not to imagine that any full scale water breaking out in the next 10 to 15 years could be fought almost totally through robots.
You ever wanted to see what you look like having sex in real time? Me neither. But if you have Google Glass now or in the future, there’s apparently an app called Glance that lets you watch yourself doing the nasty. Because that’s what everyone wants. The app lets you watch yourself have sex during the act, from a variety of angles, while wearing Google Glass. You direct the app verbally to let you watch the deed from multiple angles by saying, “Okay Glass, it’s time” and when you’re done, just say “Okay Glass, pull out.”
LTE isn’t that bad, and there’s more of it every day across the US. South Korea is already thinking towards even faster mobile speeds— way faster. By 2020, the country plans on having a 5G network in place that’s 1000 times faster than today’s LTE. You’ll be able to download an 8000Mb movie in about a second. Bam.