10 Weird and Awesome New Tech Inventions
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If you could get a brain implant to read people’s minds, or take a pill to temporarily change your sex, would you do it? These might seem like far-out concepts, but according to the Institute for the Future , a research organization devoted to providing foresight about the world ahead, these advancements could be real by 2026.
While you ponder the moral and social consequences of these ideas, here are 10 new technology inventions, from cool to weird, that are already in production.
1. Weight loss headband.
The Modius headset claims to stimulate your vestibular nerve for an hour every day, which can make you feel less hungry and convince your body to start burning fat. The app tracks your progress, such as weight changes, body fat reduction, BMI, and waist inches.
2. Micro UV sensor.
The 2018 Consumer Electronics show premiered a tiny battery-free wearable electronic UV sensor, the UV Sense by L’Oreal. Put this mini sticker on a fingernail before heading outdoors, and it tracks how long you’ve been out in the sun and informs in real-time about your ultraviolet (UV) exposure levels.
3. Protecting the family jewels.
This smart wearable is a radiation-blocking boxer short. The boxer’s fabric incorporates silver fibers woven with cotton to block radiation and radio frequency signals from smartphones and other devices that can damage men’s privates. The Spartan Radiation-Blocking Boxers have a nice design too, so you’ll look stylish while blocking those rays.
4. Up close and personal in your mouth.
The Onvi Prophix isn’t just a smart toothbrush that connects to your phone, it has a tiny 10-megapixel camera built in to give you a dentist’s eye view of each tooth in your mouth.
5. If you’re rotten at cooking.
Former Apple engineers created the June, a smart countertop oven that uses internal cameras, a Nvidia Tegra chipset and artificial intelligence to recognize different foods placed in it and cook them automatically. So, if you have no idea what you’re doing in the kitchen but love the idea of a perfectly cooked meal, the June may be for you.
6. Your Mom in a fork.
The Bluetooth-enabled HapiFork vibrates when it senses you’re eating too fast, which can help reduce a range of negative effects from rapid eating, from digestive problems to weight gain.
7. Sit up straight.
Another big brother looking after your health, the Belty Good Vibes is a “smart belt” from French startup Emiota that serves as a leather fitness tracker worn around your waist. It pairs with a companion app and vibrates when it senses you sitting too long, not standing up straight, drinking too little water, and other unhealthy habits.
8. Your next laptop.
Asus’ concept design laptop, the Precog, is a game changer. First announced this year at Computex, the Precog has dual screens, a 360-degree hinge and is optimized for AI. A virtual on-screen keyboard responds intelligently to the user’s hand placement and size. Pretty cool.
9. Ocean monitoring.
The Smartfin is a surfboard fin with sensors that collects ocean data including temperature, location, and wave characteristics. The data can then be transferred to scientists in near real-time to better understand trends in ocean warming and acidification as a result of issues like climate change. The Smartfin not only provides useful scientific data, it helps raise awareness and activism among surfers and their communities about ocean health.
10. Mind controlled gaming.
Free yourself from a mouse and keyboard and control computer software with your brainwaves. That’s the premise behind NeuroSky’s MindWave Mobile EEG headset, a thought-reading wearable that comes bundled with games and other apps designed to be controlled by a wearer’s mental messages.
The Institute for the Future may predict some crazy yet-to-be-invented technology, but is it really such a big leap from controlling a game with your mind to reading the thoughts of others? I knew you would think that.