10 Incredible Futuristic Technologies That Exist Now!
If you go back and read science fiction novels written fifty years ago you would see that some of the ‘dream technologies’ that the writers developed have become real today. Still, we don’t feel like we are living in the future. The current generation never really admires their technology until the next generation starts to develop even more. So knowing that we don’t appreciate, or even realize, how futuristic our world currently is we decided to do something about it. We scoured the internet to find ten of the most incredible, futuristic technologies that seem like something pulled straight from a science fiction movie. The only difference is that these ten technologies are actually real. Keep reading to have your mind blown by the power of human engineering and a concerted tech industry.
The Star Trek television series is a seminal part of every geek’s childhood. Whether you grew up with the television series or made the jump into the fandom thanks to the J.J. Abrams reboot, Star Trek has acted as a predictor of future technology. One of the most impressive pieces of technology from the television show was the Replicator technology utilized by the crew of the Enterprise. In the show a Replicator could conjure up just about anything you wanted: even special cocktails! Nowadays we don’t have a magical device that creates something from nothing, per se, but we do have impressive 3D printers. 3D printers, which you can learn about with an online instructional technology degree, can create jewelry, food, and even replacement body parts!
We have a sort of generation blindness toward the things that we’ve grown up with. So for all of the people who grew up with the internet as a daily part of their lives, there is no proper appreciation for what it actually is. The internet wirelessly can connect you with anyone, anywhere, at any time and through this connection you can share data, stream your image/voice, and perform essentially any function that you could possibly want. From dedicated servers being erected in remote parts of the world to the dedicated web server package you can buy from the store, the internet is now everywhere — and it’s something we shouldn’t take for granted. We literally have unlimited knowledge at our fingertips. For reference, at one point in time even books were considered rare. Next time you complain about slow WiFi make sure to take a moment to really get things in perspective.
If you grew up on a steady diet of cartoons and Japanese anime then you are well familiar with mecha and their role in in the public zeitgeist. Well, we don’t have gigantic Gundams flying around and saving the world but the United States military has already put significant money and intel into developing military exoskeletons for use in combat. Right now Raytheon is leading the way in the development of exoskeletons with their Sarcos XOS. The XOS is a mechanical suit that is worn by a soldier. The suit, which can be used for work or combat, gives the soldier incredible strength as well as the ability to move great distances at a minimal speed. Right now the XOS is still in its advanced production stages with the company looking to improve upon the fueling methods of the suit. While Exosuits, like those seen in Starship Troopers, are never going to become the everyday norm for the military, due to price, they could begin to change the way we look at our infantry.
Self Driving Cars
If you watched the film Minority Report or even Total Recall then you are familiar with the ’80s concept of what the future would be. A heavy aspect of these films was how automation has taken over our day to day duties, including the driving of our cars. Self driving cars are now a reality thanks to the hard tech workers at company’s like Google. Google is in the advanced stages of getting their self driving vehicle on the road though they are pretty close lipped as to the actual specifications of the car itself. Utilizing an array of cameras and satellites, self driving cars could change the way we look at transportation.
Boba Fett opened up our eyes to the coolness of jetpacks back in the late ’70s and early ’80s in the film Star Wars and we haven’t let go of that gleam in our eyes since. Now it looks like jetpacks are going to be a reality all over the globe sooner than we may think. Martin Aircraft has taken it upon themselves to develop a jetpack that will retail at near $100,000 total. In exchange for a cool $100 grand customers will get a jetpack that can put them into the air for upwards of half of an hour at a time. Don’t let your mind get caught up in those hydro jet packs that show goofs in boardshorts crashing into the water. This jetpack is for real and it’ll have you zooming around your neighborhood like a boss. The machine itself works with a pair of giant fans that are designed to lift you off of the ground. Handheld controls guide you as you show off the most bizarre purchase in the neighborhood.
Again we can hearken back to films like Star Wars to get more inspiration for future technology. For many of us our first taste of true science fiction was when Princess Leia appeared in front of Luke Skywalker as a hologram, projected from R2D2 himself. Since then holograms have pushed forward from a piece of fiction, to a gimmick, and now to a stunning reality. A company by the name of Asukanet has already showcased how holograms can be effective in terms of usage in the business world and even on the consumer side of things. At a CEATEC demonstration in 2013 Asukanet showcased an interactive hologram that works and reacts to the touch of its user.
Invisibility cloaks have been a steadfast part of fiction ever since little Bilbo Baggins put on a special ring in The Hobbit. The works of author J.K. Rowling and her famous character Harry Potter brought invisibility cloaks once more to the forefront of the ‘dream’ retail technology. Now scientists are working harder than ever to develop their own cloaks by using lasers to develop invisible metamaterials. Scientists working at the University of Cambridge have already found success in developing a cloak that can make the wearer invisible. We expect this kind of technology to get gobbled up by the military before it ever finds its way onto a shelf. Can you imagine the privacy concerns that legitimate invisibility cloaks would create? From home invasions to and violent crime all the way to theft and stolen admissions, invisibility would make life very, very different than it is today.
Virtual reality is the cornerstone of many great works of science fiction including the classic film Tron. Virtual reality has always been on the public mind and for good reason: We want new and exciting ways to entertain ourselves and escape from our day to day lives. Virtual reality is now in full swing and gaining traction every single year thanks in large part to the Oculus Rift. Initially the Oculus Rift was developed for video game application but now industry insiders everywhere are seeing applications in different sectors. If you want to get your hands on a Rift then get ready to pony up a cool $400 for a development kit. People are already using the Rifts for everything you can imagine, and for good reason. The device offers a 90′ horizontal FOV as well as 1080 resolution, good enough that you can get lost in the image.
The Sun is the most powerful source of energy in our known existence and it only makes sense that we would try to harness its power to help us. Solar energy is still being scoffed at by many people in the rank and file, typically utility companies and old oil businesses, but we foresee a future where solar energy is the norm. Solar Panels harvest energy from the sun and convert it for immediate usage by the recipient. If you want to run on soil panel energy only then you’ll need to spend up in order to get an energy bank while also moving to a part of the country that isn’t inhibited by the weather.
Mind Reading Technology
If you ask enough people want their dream super power would be someone will eventually say ‘mind reading’. Apparently mind reading won’t be relegated to comic books much longer. Millennium Magnetic Technologies is developing software that scans the brain and stores what it sees there for future dissection. The technology is crude right now but it is essentially able to recreate thoughts and memories. Pretty amazing right? THe applications that technology like this could have is also something to be a little bit afraid of, as well.