4 Technologies that Blow our Minds
Learning about science and technology developments is what gets us out of bed in the morning. We’re passionate about driving innovation through creative marketing to support business growth and positive change. With a number of key industry shows focusing on technology such as the recent CES 2015 in Las Vegas and the Wearable Technology Show in London this week, we wanted to share four innovations that have caused a buzz in the Emphasis office.
1. 3D Printing – Organs?!
Everyone’s excited to see how developments in 3D printing are changing the world as we know it. 3D printers that can produce spare parts for discontinued electronic devices are one thing, but last month, a two-year-old girl born with a hole in her heart underwent a life saving operation at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, thanks to a 3D printer. Mina Khan was born with a hole in the wall between two chambers of her heart, and the abnormality was so severe her parents were initially told that it was irreparable. By creating an exact 3D replica of her heart using MRI and computerised tomography scans, surgeons were able to design a bespoke patch, practice and perfect how to stitch it into place, and successfully perform the surgery on Mina’s actual heart. This pioneering technique is just one example of the the future for entirely 3D-printed organ transplants.
2. Wireless Power
WattUp, developed by Energous and winner of five awards at CES 2015, is a new Wi-Fi-esque power via radio frequency technology that could literally change how we operate in the future. With power routers installed in the home, workplace and in public spaces, the transition from needing to plug in our electrical devices, to simply having to be in range of a power router’s network is now a reality. It is predicted to mimic the early nineties move from accessing the internet via Ethernet cables to Wi-Fi. The battery life of our devices and incessant need to cart around chargers, adaptors and power banks could soon be a very welcome distant memory.
3. Wearable Technology
Wearable technology is now becoming wearable, measurable and shareable. One such innovator is Xensr, whose new 3D sports motion tracker, the XensrAIR, enables the wearer to capture their sports motion, track progress and compete with friends. Windsurfers, skiers, snowboarders, mountain bikers and kite surfers alike can now watch all of their jumps and moves back in real-time 3D, with game console quality animations. Measuring 5cm square and less than 15gm in weight, the XensrAIR is currently the smallest and smartest 3D sports visualiser on the planet.
4. Augmented Reality
Perhaps the most eye-opening of all, augmented reality (AR), is currently entering the mainstream in the form of AR glasses, educational aids, in gaming and even within medicine to assist surgery. You’ll often see the technology advertised as being “like real life, but better”. Put simply, AR is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. As a result, the technology functions by enhancing the user’s current perception of reality. Don’t like the view out of the office window? That might not be a problem in the future.
Whether you prefer your reality real or augmented, we’d love to hear which of the latest technology trends have got you talking – or better still, why not join us for a meeting at the Wearable Technology Show as our team are attending to learn more about the latest developments.