• The limitless future of technology

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    Date:13 July 2019 Author: Popular Mechanics Team Tags:, , , , , , , , , , ,

    5 mind-blowing possibilities for future science and tech.

    If the rate at which technology is advancing is anything to go by, we can’t even begin to imagine what the future holds, but we are able to speculate. Here are five extraordinary possibilities.

    1. Wearable technology

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    Wearable technology could soon be so much more than just a stylish wristwatch. In the future, we can expect to see contact lenses that keep track of your blood sugar level, temporary tattoos infused with NFC technology that unlocks doors, and smart glasses that interact with your eyes. Don’t be surprised if we see medical implants that are able to predict strokes either.

    2. Screenless displays

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    With screen resolutions starting to compete with the human eye, it’s hard to imagine how they could get any better. How about having no screen at all? Screenless displays are exactly what the title implies, an image being displayed without the need for a screen. Huge strides towards hologram technology have been already been made, with live concerts being an area of focus.

    3. Brain-computer interface

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    With a neural connection to your computer, you’ll never have to use a mouse or keyboard again. Brain-computer interface technology is already a thing, though the technology isn’t fully refined. So far, it’s mainly been used by quadriplegics to talk through computers, like in the case of Steven Hawking. Brain-computer interface (BCI) is a collaboration between the brain and a device that enables tiny electrical signals from the brain to direct external activity. In the future this technology could be used for complex tasks like driving a car or operating heavy machinery.

    4. Hyper-realistic prosthetics

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    Imagine a prosthetic limb with the ability to feel and touch things like normal limbs do. In 2013 a group of European engineers and scientists created a prosthetic limb directly connected to the remaining nerves in the test patient, Denis Sorensen’s arm. Blindfolded test results show that Sorensen was able to tell the difference between a bottle, baseball, and an orange, along with the ability to exert different levels of pressure. The technology, however, is still in it’s infancy stage, as it requires huge processing power.

    5. 3D-printed food

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    3D printing has taken the world by storm and German company, Biozoon, has just taken the phenomenon to the next level. They are utilizing the power of 3D printing to create something called SeneoPro: a range of 3D-printable powdered mixtures that solidify when printed, but quickly melt when eaten. The target market for this new technology are for elderly people or infants that have trouble swallowing. A technology like this would certainly reduce the risk of choking, making life a lot easier for millions around the world.

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