In his most recent speech to congress, President Trump said, “On our 100th anniversary, in 1876, citizens from across our Nation came to Philadelphia to celebrate America’s centennial. At that celebration, the country’s builders and artists and inventors showed off their wonderful creations. Alexander Graham Bell displayed his telephone for the first time. Remington unveiled the first typewriter. An early attempt was made at electric light. Thomas Edison showed an automatic telegraph and an electric pen. Imagine the wonders our country could know in America’s 250th year. Think of the marvels we can achieve if we simply set free the dreams of our people.”
Was he hinting at the fact that there will be masses of new technology released in 2017? A lot of people think so. However, crazy new inventions coming out this year is hardly a big secret, and tons of companies have announced that their game changing inventions are set to hit the market any day now. Technology has been advancing at an exponential rate, and the inventions of tomorrow are already here. But get ready to have your mind blown once again, because these new gadgets have the power to completely change the way you live your life.
It’s an exciting time, that’s for sure. Although there have been a lot of neat little gadgets released in recent decades, we still haven’t seen a game changer on the level of something like the Internet, or touch screens. Although the existing technology keeps improving, it’s not actually doing anything revolutionary. iPhones, for example, look pretty much the same as they ever did. However, this stagnation is bound to change soon, and all we can do is pray that it happens during our lifetimes. We’ve already seen a huge rise in technology, but as always, people are hungry for more. Will these wild new inventions satisfy your appetite?
15. The Google Hat
One of the coolest new inventions set to come out this year is the “Google Hat.” If you remember, a few years ago Google tried their hand at wearable devices with the infamous Google glasses. That was one of the biggest failures that Google ever experienced. Now they’re taking another swing at it, but this time they’re putting cameras on a hat instead of a pair of specs.
The hat features a camera that is able to take photos and record video, which is seamlessly integrated into a wearable baseball-style hat. It’s primarily designed as a way to share your experiences to social media, but the patent filed by Google also describes potential safety features: “The user can activate an emergency situation indicator and cause the wearable camera system to transmit a video feed to an appropriate emergency handling system, potentially deterring a dangerous person near the user.”
Do you ever get that feeling when you’re scrolling through Netflix that you can’t figure out what to watch? You have a vague idea of the movie you’re thinking about, but you can’t quite remember the name. Wouldn’t it be great if we had some kind of device that reads your mind and figures out which movie you want to watch? Well folks, that day has arrived. Netflix is working on a device that will “read your mind” to figure out the best movie suggestion.
It’s called “Mindflix,” and it could hit the shelves much sooner than you think. It’s basically a wearable headband-shaped device that connects and measures your brain frequencies. It can even let you control the Netflix browser without using your remote, just by concentrating and using your mind to select which movie you want to watch. This came to light when Netflix employees were encouraged to come up with new ideas in their “Hackathon” event.
Hologram technology is becoming more and more of a reality as each day passes. We’ve already seen Tupac become “resurrected” in hologram form at a concert a few years ago. Since then, hologram technology has been advancing by leaps and bounds. Pretty soon, physical screens are going to be a thing of the past. You’ll simply project your own holograms onto your skin, onto a wall, or into thin air, wherever you go.
One organization that claims to have reached “Star Wars levels” of hologram technology is the Australian National University. These guys say they have created holograms that are the highest quality ever seen. The holograms are created by millions of silicon pillars that project light which is completely transparent. The best part about this is that it’s completely miniaturized, meaning you don’t have to waste space on a giant television screen. This is going to be huge for space travel, where size and weight is limited.
12. Wireless Charging
Another huge development that looks set to hit the general public soon is wireless charging. There’s been many rumors that new smartphones will be able to charge wirelessly. But the crazy thing about this is that it really isn’t anything new. Nicola Tesla, the famed inventor who lived almost 100 years ago, invented wireless transfer of energy using Tesla coils. The problem with Tesla was that he had no business instincts, and didn’t even bother to sell his inventions. He wanted free energy for everyone, and that’s just not profitable for the big businesses.
Now, companies are starting to slowly roll out wireless energy transfer. Imagine a world without power cables, where your house gets all of its power through an antenna, just like WiFi. It’s actually the scientists at Walt Disney that have taken the spotlight in the world of wireless energy as of late. I didn’t even know Disney had scientists! They created an entire room which charges up to ten devices at any one time. Simply walk inside and your phone starts charging.
All of you selfie addicts out there need to listen up and pay attention to this game changer. Dubbed the “AirSelfie,” this is actually a tiny drone which can hover around in front of you and take pictures of you and your friends. No more “squeezing in” to get in frame. No more selfies where you have to bend into the most ridiculous positions to make the picture work. And of course, your arm won’t be in the picture because you won’t actually be holding the camera in front of you!
This device was invented by an Italian named Edoardo Stroppiana, and comes equipped with a 5-megapixel camera that can also shoot 1080p video. It’s also loaded with a 4GB microSD card. And this thing doesn’t just hover in front of you, it can actually fly up to 65 feet high above you. It’s powered by 4 small but robust rotors, and it’s smaller than a smartphone. It has a flight time of three minutes, and comes with a power bank that recharges it in 30 minutes. It’s safe to grab it right out of the air, and it can land in the palm of your hand. It will be controlled by an app that let’s you control its flight, and when released in 2017 it will cost about $300.
10. Self-Driving Cars
Self-driving cars have been in development for some time now, but 2017 might be the year where we finally see them produced en masse and made available to the general public. Many new futuristic cars that are set to be released this year feature self-driving capability. The world famous entrepreneur Elon Musk is planning a whole new fleet of self-driving Tesla cars. Not only that, but he’s going to release a software update to all of the pre-existing cars out there that would allow them to self-drive as well. Before autonomous cars go mainstream though, a car must successfully demonstrate the ability to self-drive until the authorities are satisfied that it is indeed safe. And that’s exactly what Elon Musk plans to do.
Speaking about his self-driving cars, Elon Musk revealed, “Our goal is — I feel pretty good about this goal — is that we’ll be able to do a demonstration drive of full autonomy, all the way from L.A. to New York — so, basically, from a home in L.A. to, let’s say, dropping you off in Times Square, in New York, then having the car go and park itself by the end of next year — without the need for a single touch, including the charging.”
9. Futuristic Car Windows
The auto industry is set to get all kinds of improvements in 2017, and one area that’s really getting futuristic is the car windows. You may think that windows are pretty much the most boring part of a car, but once you hear what they’re planning to do to them, you’ll be blown away. First of all, they’re planning to integrate a “Heads Up Display” right into the windscreen itself. So you’ll be able to see your speed, GPS directions, and all kinds of other information laid onto the glass electronically, possibly using the aforementioned hologram technology.
But this technology isn’t just reserved for the drivers. Toyota and General Motors are both working on creating interactive windows for the passengers. What this means is that people will be able to take pictures and record video by touching the windows themselves. It’s also possible that passengers will be able to use windows to zoom in on objects of interest, or even send messages to other cars.
8. Electronic Paper
Another way future technology is completely changing the way we live our lives is through the invention of electronic paper. This has been something that’s been in the works for many years, but it’s continuously been plagued with problems and delays. However, 2017 looks like the year when we will finally see this amazing technology reach its full potential, and possibly even be released to the public.
Researchers at the Human Media Lab at Queen’s University in Canada have developed displays so small that they can be folded in many directions, and still project an image. We’re getting closer and closer to paper-thin electronic image displays, and it might be sooner rather than later that your scrapbooks are filled with real electronic paper, projecting not simple images but moving pictures and videos.
7. PowerRay Aquatic Drone
Another really cool gadget that’s going to be released in 2017 is PowerVision’s PowerRay Aquatic Drone. At first glance, it’s just another drone – except for the fact that it can go underwater. But it’s so much more than that. The PowerRay was actually designed specifically to aid in recreational fishing. It can scout ahead and find the area where the most fish are hiding out with powerful long range scanners, letting you know the best place to cast your line.
It can dive up to 98 feet underwater in freezing, salt, or fresh water. In addition, its scanners can detect fish an extra 130 feet below wherever the robot is. Basically no fish can escape this thing. It can even emit a blue light which supposedly lures fish in, and set baits for you. It’s also equipped with a 4K UHD camera, and if you’re not into fishing, you can easily use this drone to simply explore the mysterious ocean depths. You can control the drone directly, and even get a first-person view of the robot’s camera through an immersive VR feature
6. Boston Dynamic’s “Handle”
If you’ve been following Boston Dynamics at all, you know that they’re a company that’s become famous for creating some of the most insane robots ever. They’re so life-like that they’re almost nightmare-inducing. But they’ve come a long way since their initial project, the “Big Dog,” which was famous for its amazing sense of balance. Their newest robot is called “Handle,” and this one is beyond impressive. Is there anything this robot can’t do?
It looks like they took the concept of the Big Dog and just strapped wheels to its legs. This thing retains the amazing balance of its predecessors, but takes things ten steps further. Its arms enable it to perform other tasks, such as grabbing 100 pound packages with ease. It can also pull off some amazing jumps, getting such massive air that it competes with pro skateboarders. What is the actual purpose of this thing? Who knows. I think it was pretty much designed to simply be awesome. Others have said the robot could disarm bombs, or even serve as a weapon if it had a machine gun strapped to it. Scary.
5. iPhone 8
This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the fabled, the legendary, the one and only… iPhone 8. Rumors are running rampant about Apple’s newest piece of hardware, and some of these rumors are just insane. These include true wireless charging, which has already been mentioned in this list and will surely revolutionize the way we use our batteries. In order for wireless charging to work, the phone has to be constructed out of glass, so expect to see a lot of this material on the new iPhone 8. The phone was designed to look like a single piece of uninterrupted sleekness, so there will be no home button and it will also feature an edge-to-edge screen. It’s also expected to be water-resistant, more so than its predecessors.
But one of the craziest rumors of all when it comes to the iPhone 8 has to do with its new security feature – facial recognition. It is rumored that the iPhone 8 will scan your face in order to tell if it’s really you, and it will do this in a very advanced way. The laser technology it would use to accomplish is so advanced that it could even potentially scan your face and figure out how you are feeling based on subtle facial movements.
4. Life Extension Technology
If Trump was actually implying that he would release some “suppressed” technology, what would it be? Many people believe that if he was referring to something that had been hidden from the general public, it was probably life extension technologies. Immortality and perpetual youthfulness have been humanity’s obsessions since the dawn of time. From the mythical “fountain of youth” to today’s movies like Elysium, we have always dreamed about what it would be like to live forever. New technology is making this more and more of a reality. The problem is, only the incredibly wealthy can afford it. Peter A. Thiel, the founder of Paypal, has invested millions of dollars into research for life extension technologies, and he’s hardly the only one.
There are many examples of progress in this field, but the most relevant today are those in the field of Nanotechnology and Biotechnology. These are basically microscopic robots that are injected or implanted into the body, and directed towards fighting things like cancer cells. One of the problems of this technology, however, is how to control these robots when they’re inside the body. Researchers at Philips Innovative Technologies in Hamburg, Germany may have found the answer. They discovered a way to use magnetic fields to remotely control even microscopic robots inside the body. By doing this, they could potentially direct the robots to only attack harmful cells, and reduce damage on the body.
3. 3D Printed Houses
Anyone who is relatively young right now knows that housing prices are at an all-time high. It’s a real struggle for some millennials these days to scrape the money together to purchase a house. There’s a reason they call these young adults the “rent generation.” But new technology might end up coming to the rescue of these kids striding into a brave new world. 3D printing technology has just come to the forefront of the tech world, and it’s been used in a variety of applications. Now, it’s been demonstrated that 3D printing can create a house in just 24 hours. The price tag? Only about $11,000.
Does this sound too good to be true? The catch is that the house was only 400 square feet in size. But that’s still a bargain, considering that this means the price of a square foot is just $25. You could easily make it bigger if you wanted to. In fact, the only downside to this is that it’s going to put a lot of construction companies out of business, seeing as all the hard work is now delegated to efficient, mobile 3D printers. The printers actually move around the house, building the entire structure in one solid piece, rather than the traditional method of assembling the house from thousands of different sections.
2. Hydrogen-Powered Cars
The third auto-related invention to make this list is perhaps the most impressive. This invention has to do with the engine and the fuel that it consumes, and it’s coming to an auto dealer near you. Hydrogen-powered cars have been a rumor for years, perhaps even decades, but now Toyota is leading the way with the first ever commercially available hydrogen-powered car, the Toyota Mirai. Ever since late 2016, this car was available worldwide, although people have been buying it in places like Japan since as far back as 2015.
The Mirai is classified as a FCV (fuel cell vehicle), and it uses a hydrogen fuel cell in tandem with an electric motor, much like a hybrid car but with no combustion engine. The hydrogen fuel cell emits only water from its exhaust, making this a truly green car with zero pollution. The car also comes equipped with several high-tech features, such as touch screens and a frontal radar system, making this a truly futuristic car. Other manufacturers such as Audi and Lexus have announced hydrogen-powered concept cars, but no one has come close to competing with Toyota.
1. SpaceX Dragon Version 2
Another part of Trump’s speech to congress mentioned “setting foot on distant worlds,” an obvious reference to space travel. The SpaceX Dragon Version 2 is really just one part of an ever-growing story that suggest humans are once again ready to conquer the stars. Elon Musk announced a few days ago that the Dragon will launch in 2017 and orbit the moon. And the best part? The Dragon will carry two paying customers. Elon Musk seems to be competing heavily with Boeing’s program, the CST-100 Starliner, which is a very similar spacecraft. Both the Dragon and the Starliner are designed for a very specific purpose – to transport crew to and from the International Space Station. For years now, NASA has found itself in the embarrassing position of having to ask Russia if their astronauts can hitch a ride on their Soyuz rockets. The United States is desperate to create their own rockets as soon as possible.