Five of the Coolest Upcoming Technologies

5. Air to Fuel

A small company in the north of England, Air Fuel Synthesis (AFS), announced that it is now producing carbon-neutral petrol (gasoline) as a practical drop-in synthetic alternative to fossil fuels. This latest exciting development is part of the company’s continuing £ 1.1 million development program at its unique Demonstrator facility on Teesside, England.
The technology involves mixing air with sodium hydroxide, then electrolyzing the resultant sodium carbonate to release pure carbon dioxide. This is then reacted with hydrogen electrolyzed from water to make a hydrocarbon mixture, with the reaction conditions varied depending on the type of fuel desired.
Its product looks and smells like petrol but it’s  clearer, without additives. The fuel can be used in any regular petrol tank. The results so far are said to be promising but there are more development stages to go.
The fuel that is produced can be made ready for use in any petrol tank with the addition of the same additives currently added to fuel.
The company has been running a demonstration plant in Stockton-on-Tees where it has produced five liters of petrol since August, manufacturing gasoline from carbon dioxide and water vapor.

 

4. Form 1 3D Printer

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SL is Abbreviation of Stereolithography which is a gold standard for high resolution of 3D print and surface finish. Using this technology would blow away implement of plastic extrusion (FDM). The Form 1 is an intelligent incorporate excellent design and solid engineering to facilitate the whole printing process.
In this photopolymer-based process, a high precision system directs a laser across a tray of liquid resin and causes a thin layer to solidify. The build platform then rises in preparation for the next layer. After thousands of repetitions, your part is complete with exquisite detail.
There are no low-cost 3D printers that meet the quality standards of the professional designer.
As researchers at the MIT Media Lab, we were lucky to experience the best and most expensive fabrication equipment in the world. But, we became frustrated by the fact that all the professional-quality 3D printers were ridiculously expensive (read: tens of thousands of dollars) and were so complex to use. In 2011, we decided to build a solution to this problem ourselves, and we are now ready to share it with the world.

 

3. Google’s Self-Driving Cars

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The Google driverless car is a project by Google that involves developing technology for autonomous cars. The software powering Google’s cars is called Google Chauffeur. Lettering on the side of each car identifies it as a “self-driving car.” The project is currently being led by Google engineer Sebastian Thrun, director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and co-inventor of Google Street View.
What seemed unimaginable a decade ago becomes more practical, comprehensible, and real by the day. Google’s self-driving Toyota Prius has logged hundreds of thousands of miles without incident on California roads. Most automakers are testing self-driving cars on tracks and — lately, as I experienced earlier this week in Las Vegas — in traffic.
One of those analyses showed that when a human was behind the wheel, Google’s cars accelerated and braked significantly more sharply than they did when piloting themselves. Another showed that the cars’ software was much better at maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle ahead than the human drivers were.
Urmson showed data from a Google car that was rear-ended in traffic by another driver. Examining the car’s annotated map of its surroundings clearly showed that the Google vehicle smoothly halted before being struck by the other vehicle.

 

2. Google Glasses

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Google Glass is a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD) that is being developed by Google in the Project Glass research and development project, with a mission of producing a mass-market ubiquitous computer. Google Glass displays information in a Smartphone-like hands-free format that can communicate with the Internet via natural language voice commands.
Google Glass might offer us a way of using the outboard brain of the internet while still being able to do other things. Glass was created, according to Google, to “be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t.”
Glass responds to voice commands as well as taps and gestures on the touch-sensitive bar that runs along the side of the frame. You can start a search with “Ok Glass..” and take a photo or launch an app with a command phrase or a tap of your finger. Glass can also be paired with a phone using the My Glass app to allow quick fiddling with settings and customization.

 

1. Leap Motion

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The Leap Motion controller is a small USB peripheral device which is designed to be placed on a physical desktop, facing upward. Using two monochromatic IR cameras and three infrared LEDs, the device observes a roughly hemispherical area, to a distance of about 1 meter (3 feet). The LEDs generate a 3D pattern of dots of IR light and the cameras generate almost 300 frames per second of reflected data, which is then sent through a USB cable to the host computer, where it is analyzed by the Leap Motion controller software using “complex math” in a way that has not been disclosed by the company, in some way synthesizing 3D position data by comparing the 2D frames generated by the two cameras.
It’s just over three inches long, an inch wide and less than a half-inch thick (79 x 30 x 11mm), with a glossy black panel on top, behind which resides the infrared sensors. On the bottom, you’ll find a black rubber panel embossed with the Leap Motion logo. The edge, meanwhile, is ringed with a seamless aluminum band, save for a USB 3.0 Micro-B port on the left side (though the device runs at USB 2.0 speeds). There’s also a slim LED power / status indicator on the front edge.

 

References:

http://formlabs.com/products/our-printer

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/formlabs/form-1-an-affordable-professional-3d-printer

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2220044/Pioneering-British-firm-produces-petrol-air-breakthrough-solve-worlds-energy-crisis.html

http://phys.org/news/2012-10-air-fuel-synthesis-petrol-future.html

http://features.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2014/01/10/self-driving-car-google/

http://www.popsci.com/cars/article/2013-09/google-self-driving-car

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_driverless_car

http://www.techradar.com/news/video/google-glass-what-you-need-to-know-1078114

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Glass

http://www.google.com/glass/start/how-it-feels/

https://www.leapmotion.com/product

http://www.engadget.com/2013/07/22/leap-motion-controller-review/

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