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7 Future Sci-Fi Technologies Coming Soon


Watching a science fiction movie full of futuristic
gadgets and gizmos elicits two kinds of emotional response from most people; first it’s, oh
that technologies pretty neat, whereas the second response is dang, I hope they invent
that before I’m dead. Well depending on your taste in movies those
clever science jerks just might do that, so let’s find out which of your favourite fictional
futuristic devices you may be able to get your hands on, in our list of seven sci-fi
technologies coming soon. Number 7: Back To The Future’s Self Tying
Sneakers Back to the Future showed us many amazing futuristic concepts; hoverboards,
food hydrators, almost having sex with your mom, but none seemed as achievable as Marty
McFly’s self tying sneakers. The human imagination truly knows no bounds
when it comes to inventing ways to do less stuff, and in November 2016 Nike will make
our laziest dreams come true with the release of the Hyperadapt 1.0. Rather than employing traditional laces, the
Hyperadapt uses embedded actuators which conform to your foot’s shape using pressure monitors. When you step your foot into the shoe your
heel hits a sensor and the system automatically tightens, and in case something’s not quite
right there are two buttons on the sneaker’s sides allowing you to manually adjust tightness. If this still isn’t enough for you, there’s
also a massive bright glowing light on the underside of the shoe, you know, to make it
look all futurey and junk. At the time of writing there’s no news on
what these bad boys will cost, but if I was to guess, lots, I’d say lots. Maybe go ask your mom if she’ll buy you a
pair, if you can keep your hands off her for two darn seconds. Number 6: Star Trek Matter Transporters This
entry is a little bit of a cheat since it actually involves the replication of an object
rather than its actual transportation elsewhere, as you’d see in Star Trek, but it’s still
pretty nifty. Created by German engineers, a machine nicknamed
“Scotty” mirrors the effect of a Star Trek transporter by scanning an object in one chamber,
and 3D printing it in the other. The entire process of how it works is hidden
from its user, with their only interaction involving the placement of the object in the
machine, the selection of a location to send it to, and the pressing of a button. And there’s a good reason for this, because
unfortunately, the only way the machine can get a detailed view of the object’s interior
is by slicing it into tiny layers using a milling machine, so you may wanna consider
that before you throw your hamster in there. When the prototype was created in 2015 there
were a few other limitations to the machine aside from tiny rodent death, including the
fact that all objects had to be painted black, and it could only replicate things in plastic. But with more complex versions of the matter
transporter currently in the works, maybe soon we’ll have a model that’s more compatible
with beaming up hamsters, rather than carving them up into delicious, wafer-thin slices. Number 5: Flexible Phones From Every Sci-fi
Movie Ever If you’re anything like me you’ll hate the way a smartphone in your jeans shorts
back pocket ruins the line of your stunningly sculpted buttocks, but worry no more fellow
ass-fans, because futuristic roll-up phones are almost upon us. Earlier this year researchers at Queen’s University
created what they call the first flexible holographic smartphone, and the best part
is that it runs on Android. Ha, Steve Jobs’ corpse must be rolling up
in his grave. The device is called the Holoflex, and aside
from making it ultra-portable, the smartphone’s flexible body and touchscreen allows it to
display a glasses-free three dimensional image, simply by bending it into a curve. At the moment the Holoflex phone is just a
prototype, but with Lenovo, Samsung and Moxi all preparing to launch similar gadgets over
the next 12 months, it won’t be long before your smartphone bends entirely to your will,
and the shape of your sweet sweet tush. Number 4: Star Wars Speeders If you’re able
to sit through the Speeder scenes in Star Wars without wishing you could take a ride
on one, then quite simply you are not a human being and deserve to be taken into the desert
and shot. But for the rest of us with actual souls and
feelings, Speeders could be available for purchase within the next 12 months. Aerofex, a California-based startup company,
have developed the Aero-X craft, a vehicle described as a hovercraft that rides like
a motorcycle which can fly at 72 kilometres per hour while hovering at three metres off
the ground. There’s also a beefed up version in the works
from UK company Malloy Aeronautics, who claim their Hoverbike craft will be able to reach
274 kilometres per hour at the same altitude as a helicopter. But since humans are reckless jerks who like
to get drunk and crash things, commercial versions of these craft will probably be limited
to a three metre, 30 kilometre per hour model, if we’re even allowed these fancy new toys
at all. Number 3: Star Trek Tractor Beams Is your
soda can or tube of cookie dough sat staring at you across the room, agonisingly beyond
the reach of your lazy, fat paws? Well in future you may be able to summon said
object like a God, by using a sound-based sonic tractor beam to drag it towards you. In 2015 a team led by Professor Sriram Subramanian
of the University of Sussex used an array of loudspeakers to create an acoustic hologram,
and this hologram could be controlled, allowing them to manipulate objects in different ways. Researchers managed to create a gripping tool
similar to tweezers or fingers out of the acoustic hologram, and successfully used it
to grip a small bead, create a vortex around it to move its location, and even a cage-like
barrier to hold it in place. It was already known that sound could be used
to physical effect objects, but until recently we’d never been able to control this ability
to such a degree. It’s like Magneto graduating from vibrating
a stapler to moving whole stadiums halfway down the street, except rather than using
this technology for evil, it could be used to revolutionise the electronics industry
and the performance of delicate surgeries. The only drawback is it can’t be used in space,
since sound doesn’t travel in a vacuum, but if it’ll get me the remote without moving
my ass cheeks one inch, that’s a downside I’m happy to take. Number 2: Minority Report’s Air Touch Display
Out of all the technology demonstrated in Minority Report you’d hope PreCog crime prediction
would be the one we’d get first, although in a way, I suppose cops already have the
ability to tell whether someone will commit a crime or not, it’s called racial profiling. Bam, Strange Mysteries is hella woke. But the technology from that movie which we’re
closer to enjoying commercially is actually the Air Touch Display, and soon we’ll be able
to use such devices to do far more than swipe an imaginary tennis racket via Kinect. Today, virtual touch screens are limited to
either the unreliable manipulation of images on a screen, as with the Kinect, or an interaction
with virtual objects seen through a pair of goggles or glasses. But as Air Touch technology becomes more accurate,
and holographic projections improve in detail, those floating virtual interactive screens
from Minority Report start to become a distinct possibility. Especially when you consider than in June
2016, Apple filed a patent for exactly this kind of technology. So you can’t use those hundred dollar headphones
you just bought with your iPhone 7, but magic 3D apparitions you can move with your hands,
easy peasy. Number 1: The Iron Man Suit
The TALOS Tactical Assault Light Operator Swimsuit may not be able to soar though the
skies like Iron Man, and nor does it come with a sassy, in-built artificial intelligence
to keep you in check, but the way this thing is built, it could definitely prevent you
from pulling a full-on Don Cheadle and breaking your spine. Oh yeah, spoiler alert, War Machine’s gone
all Professor X on us now. Too bad. The TALOS is a battery powered exoskeleton
developed by the US to protect front-line soldiers, mostly those who take point during
dangerous incursions into hostile buildings and territories. To do this it uses liquid armour technology
which solidifies when hit by a projectile, along with an array of sensors capable of
monitoring the soldier’s heart rate and body temperature. Further enhancements are also expected to
allow the TALOS suit’s wearer to lift extremely heavy objects, and having been in development
for several years in conjunction with 56 corporations, 16 government agencies, 13 universities and
10 national laboratories, the first fully operational prototype is expected in 2018. So if your careers guidance counsellor predicted
a future in villanous schemes and shenanigans, you’ve got about twelve months to set up your
evil empire before superhuman soldiers come to end you. And that’s our list. Personally I’m disappointed it didn’t include
those magical stretchy pants that always seem to fit the Hulk no matter how big his ass
is, or Black Widow’s catsuit which somehow makes a regular woman into an invincible killing
machine. But I would quite like to play with the Iron
Man suit. And if you’d like to see more examples of
developments in technology and society which may change the way you, me and Scarlett Johansson
live, take a look at our recent video on six life changing future developments.

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