Upcoming Technology That Will Change the World

Delonte Musgrove, Staff Writer

  1. Google Glasses- Augmented reality has already gotten into our lives in the form of simulated experiments and educational apps, but Google has taken it a few steps higher with the Google glasses. With the Google glasses you are able to view social media feeds, text, Google maps, as well as navigate with GPS and take photos. You will also get the latest updates while you’re on the ground. Currently the device is only available to some developers with a price tag of $1500 but they may release it at a lower price.

  2. Oculus Rift- the Oculus Rift is a history defining 3D headset that lets you mentally feel you are in the video game. You could turn your head around with ultra-low latency to view the world in high resolution display. Now there are some other companies that can do the same but Rift wants you to enjoy the experience at only $300 and it comes with the development kit as well. This is the beginning of the revolution for next-generation gaming.

  3. Leap Motion- Multi-touch desktops are a failed product due to the fact that hands could get tired with prolonged use, but Leap Motion it’s not your typical motion sensor it allows you to scroll the web page, zoom in on maps and photos, sign documents and even play a first person shooter with only hand and finger movements. The smooth reaction is the most crucial key point to this and most important you can own this for just $70!

  4. SmartThings- SmartThings is here to make your every device, digital, or non-digital, connect together and benefit you. With SmartThings you can get smoke alarms, humidity, pressure, and vibration sensors to detect changes in your house and alert you through your smartphone. You could track who’s been in your house, turn on the lights while you’re entering a room, shut the windows and doors while you leave the house, all with the help of something that only costs $500.

  5. Firefox OS- Mozilla has decided to build a new mobile operating system from scratch, one that focus on true openness, freedom and user choice. Its built on Gonk, Gecko, and Gaia software layers for the rest of us, it means it is built open source, and it carries web technologies such as HTML5 and CSS3. Developers can create and debut web apps without the blockade of requirements set by app stores, and users could even customize the OS based on their needs. You can do essential tasks you do on iOS or android: calling friends, browsing web, taking photos, playing games, they are all possible on Firefox OS.

  6. Google Driverless Car- The car is powered by artificial intelligence that utilizes the input from the video cameras inside the cars, a sensor on the vehicle’s top, and some radar and position sensors attached to different positions of the car. Sounds like a lot of effort to mimic the human intelligence in a car, but so far the system has successfully driven 1609 kilometers without human commands. Google now faces a challenge to forge the system into an affordable gem that every worker with an average salary could benefit from.