When we heard about the Google Glass or the completely solar-powered car, the transparent TV set or multifunctional credit card, we tended to think that was it, what more could tech inventors can come up with that we don’t already have? There are tons of useful, everyday – use gadgets out there for everybody, strange and very niche devices that found their area of customers too, thousands of phone apps that will someday raise the dead – considering how fast and in almost impossible ways they develop, so again…
What can be new out there?
Progress in technology doesn’t necessarily mean new, never seen before inventions, but also improvements to what we already benefit from. Think about the electronic cigarette for a second. Ten years ago, it was a strange device that released vapors instead of smoke and looked almost like a real cigarette. Did manufacturers invent a new and completely different PV? No, but they constantly improved on the models, added new features to them, changed bits and pieces and came up with brilliant additional ideas. The blu electronic cigarette charges using USB technology and the company provides its customers with a social feature that helps them find other brand users in their proximity, as their social pack emits recognizing signals when another similar pack is around. The e – cigs look almost the same, but technology evolved and is still running big steps to the next achievement. Currently, there are five patent portfolios offered by ICAP which wait for their buyers.
Tech and fashion – not their first date
Some companies didn’t fall asleep the day they considered they offered everything they could to their customers, but rather had an energy drink and thought about their clients’ needs from all angles and perspectives. Take the iPod Shuffle and think about all the means of free-carrying it around. At some point, somebody found that is quite uncomfortable having it on you in certain situations. What happened? There, now you have the iShirt to hold your Shuffle onto. But tech and fashion go well hand in hand and this is not only about wearing a vest with sensors that allow you to play videogames while massaging your partner. We are talking about self – cleanable clothes (China is giving this idea a thought), self – perfuming business suits (a Korean idea), the anti – flatulence underwear (from Colorado with love) and other tech and fashion combinations that are surprising, to say the least. Nanotechnology seems to be the key – factor when it comes to develop new and new items and if you thought that the air-conditioned shirt was awesome, think about not having to waste water, money and time by washing clothes again.
What’s in store for the next generation?
This is a question with a multiverse of possible answers. When the 3D printer reached the headlines, humanity thought it was saved: now we can print food, household objects, resurrect history and save lives by being able to print viable transplant organs. But MIT is already talking about 4D printing and some scientists are heavily working on teleportation, so chances are in ten years from now, we could live longer (if not become immortal), drive flying cars or just push the “engage” button to go to work. And if we’re still talking about fashion and ideas, how long before big labels and fashion designers come up with the never-iron materials, self color-changing cloths (according to the event we want to dress up for), self-cleaning coats and hats that cast chilly shadow all around our bodies when the sun is too hot outside?