The world is propelling each day, developing and finding things that change how we live and see our general surroundings. Without those advances we couldn’t have come this far and won’t have the capacity to go further into what’s to come. Researchers, scientists, engineers and inventors everywhere throughout the world endeavor to convey life to new things that can make life easier and fascinating for us. We have chosen some such mind-blowing modern advances that are totally amazing and are set to take the world to a whole new level.
A Russian designer has proposed a concept Refrigerator called “Bio Robot Refrigerator” that cools your food with biopolymer gel. There are no shelves, compartments or doors – You just insert your food into the gel.
The refrigerator concept designed as an entry for Electrolux Design Lab competition by Yuriy Dmitriev utilizes only 8% of a household’s energy for the control pad and none for the actual refrigeration. The biopolymer gel in it, uses light generated at cold temperatures to preserve the food and does not require a motor to do it. The gel has neither odor nor is sticky to touch. The refrigerator can be mounted on a wall, can be oriented in whichever direction and can also be fixed on the ceiling.
Injectable Oxygen Particle
Scientists at Boston Children’s Hospital invented oxygen filled microparticles that can be injected into the bloodstream, which allows you to live even when you can’t breathe.
The microparticles are made of single layer of lipid capsules that enclose a small bubble of oxygen. These capsules are typically 2 to 4 micrometers and are suspended in a liquid to keep their size under control as bigger bubbles are not desirable and could even be dangerous. When injected, these capsules travel and hit the red blood cells transferring the oxygen in the process. More than 70% of the oxygen was able to successfully enter the bloodstream this way.
A group of developers are taking the glow in the dark enzyme found in certain jellyfish and fireflies and creating bioluminescent trees. These trees could possibly light up public streets while being energy-neutral.
The idea is to use biomimicry to transform normal trees into streetlights to help the passersby see at night. The scientists, in collaboration with a designer, Daan Roosegaarde, are using the DNA of jellyfish, mushrooms and fireflies to help them in their quest. They have already developed smaller versions of the project by developing a plant that glows in the dark. Doing the same for the trees that could light up the streets is their next step.
LG has developed a prototype for a TV that can be rolled up like a sheet of paper.
The TVs use OLED (organic light emitting diode) technology to decrease the thickness of the screen. The OLEDs have organic electroluminescent compounds that light up when electricity is passed through them. Apart from LG, almost all other major TV or electronic display manufacturers such as Samsung, Sony and Mitsubishi are working on making the screens more flexible and portable.
The Floating Ecopolis, also known as the Lilypad, is a proposed project designed by Vincent Callebaut for future climatic refugees as a long-term solution to rising water level. This city can accommodate 50,000 people and runs on renewable energy.
The floating structure has a capacity to shelter 50,000 individuals. It consists of three marinas and three mountains, which are meant for entertainment purposes, surrounding a centrally located artificial lagoon that performs the task of collecting and purifying water. It runs on renewable energy sources (wind, sunlight, tidal forces, and other alternative energy sources), and even collects rainwater.
Ultra-fast 5G internet from solar-powered drones
Google is working on solar powered drones enabled ultra-fast internet project called Project Skybender. In theory, the drones are estimated to deliver mobile internet services 40 times faster than 4G LTE letting you transfer data at gigabytes per second.
The project makes use of millimeter wave to provide the service because the existing spectrums for mobile phone transmissions are too crowded. However, the waves are short ranged and have one-tenth of the range of 4G phone signal. To counter this, Google is working on focused transmissions of the wave to get the wave to function from a high flying drone. If Google manages to solve all the technical problems associated with the project we might not be far behind to step into a world of unbelievably fast mobile internet.
‘5D’ Discs to store TBs of Data to eternity
Researchers have created a 5D disc that records data in 5 dimensions and lasts for billions of years. It can store 360 TB of data and even withstands upto 1000 degrees of temperatures.
The files in the disc are made of three layers of nanoscale dots. The five dimensions of the disc refer to the dots’ size and orientation along with their position within three dimensions. When light passes through the disc these dots change the polarization of the light which is then read using a microscope and polarizer.
The Southampton team who were developing the disc, have managed to perfectly record the entirety of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Newton’s Opticks, Magna Carta and King James Bible. In the coming years the disc will cease to be an experiment and might become the norm of data storage.
Underwater Traffic Tunnels
Norway is planning to build world’s first “submerged floating bridges” using large tubes, wide enough for two lanes, suspended 100 feet underwater.
Owing to the difficult terrain that made conventional bridges unsuitable, Norway decided to work on making an underwater bridge. With $25 billion already spent on the project, it is expected to reach completion by 2035. There are still other factors that need to be accounted for, such as how the bridge would be affected by wind, waves, and strong water currents.
Bionic Eye Lens to give you Superhuman Vision
A doctor in Canada is about to begin clinical testing of “Bionic Lenses” that can correct vision to 3 times 20/20 vision with an 8 minute, pain-free surgery.
The new lens which, according to Dr Garth Webb, will be available by 2017 strengthen the eye’s natural lens, which are prone to decay and damage with time and disease. During the surgery, a syringe is used to flush the saline solution with the lens into the eye and after 10 seconds the folded lens opens up and moves over the natural lens correcting the sight completely.
A Spanish fashion designer invented the world’s first clothes-spray. You can spray it on the body however you want and you can also remove it, wash it and wear it again.
The spray is made of special fibers that are mixed with polymers to give the fabric elasticity and durability. It was developed by designer Manel Torres and particle engineer Paul Luckham. The technique will allow designers to create unique garments with unique designs.
Portraits Derive from DNA: this will give a whole new dimension to criminal investigation
A PhD student, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, creates 3D print portraits from the DNA found cigarette butts and chewing gum on the street.
From each piece of evidence she collects she samples the DNA is extracted. For the sequencing specific genomic regions are focused. The sequences are then entered into a computer program, which constructs a model of the face of the person to whom the sample belongs to. The process they’ve used typically gives them a 25-year-old version of the person. They have even gone as far as having the model 3D printed as life size portrait.
Virtual Reality Shopping will be more common in the future
A major retailer opened a virtual store in one of Korea’s railway stations which allows you to order by taking pictures of the barcodes and your purchases will be delivered home.
The retailer, Homeplus, installed six screen doors with life-size pictures of shelves filled with items you’d buy from a supermarket. Below the each item is the relevant barcode which can be scanned and sent via the app. You could place the order at the station when you go to work and the items will be delivered to your home at night.
By the year 2020 there will be an estimated 10 million self-driving cars bringing down the number of deaths by 2,500 between the years 2014 and 2030.
Many car manufacturers have already started or are going to start adding some level of self-driving features to the cars they are manufacturing. There are also many tech companies that are looking to develop their own technologies for self-driving cars, like Google, which has recently announced a driverless prototype car. There are both completely autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicle types, and the fully-autonomous ones are set to debut by the year 2019.
Currently Dubai is building a 4.3 mile pedestrian mall, called “Mall of the World”, covered with retractable dome that helps control the climate inside and provide air conditioning.
The project covers an ambitious 48 million square feet pedestrian mall under an air conditioned dome. The attraction will include a 3 million square feet wellness center, a cultural celebration district, serviced apartments and hospitality sections that have as many as 20,000 hotel rooms. It is set to be the world’s largest mall with an indoor theme park.
“Artificial Leaves” that convert CO2 and sunlight into fuel
Scientists have developed new solar cells that can convert carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and convert it into fuel using sunlight.
Though there have been many successful attempts at converting carbon dioxide into something useful, this is the first time a viable method has been developed. Unlike other techniques that require precious metals like silver, this method uses tungsten based material that is 20 times cheaper and works 1,000 times faster. These solar cells can use the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to produce synthetic gas, a mixture of hydrogen gas and carbon monoxide, which can be directly burned or converted to hydrocarbon fuels.
Scientists are developing bionic enhancements for insects that allow them to be controlled and navigated to places hard to reach to find victims of earthquakes and other disasters.
The cockroaches’ antennas are wired to small radio receivers strapped to their backs. The insects use antennas like a blind person would use walking stick feeling what’s in front of them before going ahead. So, the researchers control the movements of the insect by sending small pulses of electricity to the antennas, thus directing them.
You might be able to record your dreams
Scientists have managed to reconstruct YouTube videos by scanning the visual centers of the brains of the person watching them. In the future the technology would be advanced enough to be able to record dreams.
The brains of three of the team members who are part of the project were scanned using fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) while they were watching video clips on YouTube. They then interpreted the data using a mathematical model that acted as a “brain-movie dictionary”. The dictionary later reconstructs what the volunteers saw by scanning random clips and find the ones that match the burst of brain activity. Though the reconstructions are anything but clear, the scientists hope that in future it might be possible to do it better.