Today’s emerging technologies have the possibilities to take care of major issues, opening up new opportunities and changing the way we live. From potential cancer (tumor) curing innovation to gadgets fueled exclusively by radio signals. So far, 2016 has been a year of innovation developments.
Here are our top 7 picks science and technology breakthrough in the past year:
1. Power from the air:
Electronic gadgets and devices are part of our daily life in the 21st century. Power from the air can be accessible in 2-3 years and it is developed by the researchers at the University of Washington. The idea behind this project is to built Internet connected devices rather than powered by a battery. The energy they require can be harvested from the nearby TV, radio, Wi-Fi signals and Wireless devices.
The innovation that allows our gadgets to work without batteries or power cords could be accessible in the following 2 to 3 years, expanding the ease of use and portability of such gadgets while decreasing the expenses of production.
2. Tesla autopilot car
Tesla is pushing the envelope with its cutting-edge electric car innovation. It began in 2008 with the Tesla Roadster, the world’s first electric sports car. The organization’s success continued with the Model S Luxury Sedan car, which is the second best selling electric vehicles on the planet as of November 2016.
The company declared that this year is the entire fleet of cars, including the $35,000 Model 3, will soon include autopilot. Currently being proved by Tesla, the autopilot system will include include radar processing, autonomous navigation and crash avoidance so the occupants can take rest while the car handles all the in and out of driving on busy streets and expressways.
Says a Tesla engineer, “The thing that quickly becomes strange with a self driving car is driving the car without autopilot. You’ll feel like the car is not doing its job.”
3. Robots that teach each other
Science and Technology has made considerable progress from the last 20 years regarding the development and use of robots. However, some robots are not yet ready to perform simple tasks because they don’t have the programmed ability to handle basic objects. Instructing a robot to do things like hold a bowl or fold the laundry is possible with extensive programming and it would be a painstaking process.
However, it is possible to empower robots to teach each other tasks by programming one robot to finish the tasks and afterward instruct that robot to pass the information along to other robots through cloud programming. This would help in advancing the capacities of robots in a much faster manner. Innovation Review claims that, this will be accessible in around 3 to 5 years.
4. Immune engineering
Researchers at Cellectis started developing a cancer treatment in 2011 that includes editing an individual’s genes utilizing a technique called TALENs, which rolls out improvements to DNA in living cells. The objective of this procedure is to gain control over “T” cells, the “killer cells of the immune system” and direct them to attack the platelets (blood cells) that mutate into leukemia.
The procedure has been tried with several patients to date, yielding to a great positive outcomes. With further improvement, the ‘immune engineering’ innovation could be accessible in 1 to 2 years, as indicated by experts.
5. Gene editing in plants
Another innovation known as CRISPR is a gene alteration method for plants that can be utilized to help crops “yield more nourishment and resist droughts and diseases more viably”. A UK lab is applying this innovation to potatoes, tomatoes and other crops to test its adequacy and to fight fungal diseases.
So far, plants treated with the CRISPR innovation have not resulted about foreign cells, which ought to facilitate the concern that administrations and buyers may have over genetically modified organisms. The improvement of this innovation is monotonous and expensive, which implies it may not be accessible for another 5-10 years.
6. Reusable rockets
Until now, rockets that fly into space have been destroyed by wrecking in the Earth’s climate, making every adventure to space extremely costly.
However, the two companies – Blue Origin and SpaceX – have demonstrated that reusable rockets are possible. Both organizations examined the rockets in 2015 that could land vertically on the ground after their journey by using foldout legs. In spite of encountering some technical troubles, these companies have demonstrated that spacecraft has not yet achieved its level as far as how far the innovation can progress. It will be interesting to see the implementation of the new innovation incoming years.
7. Artificial hand which can feel
Specialists from Ohio State University could built up a device that, once implanted, sends signals to a close-by terminal, which transmits that data to an electronic sleeve worn on the man’s arm. The sleeve uses wires to stimulate particular muscles to cause the movement of the fingers continuously.
A man who has been a quadriplegic for the past six years has been able to move his fingers due to the implantation of a small chip in his brain. The patient was even ready to play Guitar Hero, much to the amaze of the specialists and researchers accountable for the venture.
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