Concept Gadgets: Tech of the Future

January 19, 2014 in Uncategorized by bbadmin

At some point all of the gadgets and tech available today, started as an idea; A solution to a problem, to a way of improving existing tech. These ideas would be visualised and described as a concept and while many would never go any further, some would be developed into a working product. Looking at concept gadgets can be like glimpsing the future.

Triton

tankless diving

The Triton concept is a mask, which acts in a similar way to fish gills. The two protruding arms conceal tiny holes, which suck in water, filtering out any dissolved air. The waste water is ejected, while the swimmer can breathe in clean, dry air. A micro compressor, powered by very small batteries could be used to compress any excess air and store it in tanks to ensure there is a constant supply. It’s just an idea now, but its Korean designer believes the Triton could one day replace scuba equipment.

The Bear Bottom

This concept is a good idea and could someday be developed into a real product. But it is not going to replace scuba equipment. It will be fine for hobby divers, and those going to shallow depths, but the deeper you dive the more specialised equipment you need. Also at depth If the compressor breaks or the arms get blocked you could be in real trouble. You really would want to have the security of the air tanks on your back.

inFORM

move objects from a distance

Reseachers at MIT have developed a way for people to interact with 3 dimensional objects in another location. Unveiled and CES, they call the system inform. The operator puts an object in front of a depth-sensing camera. The image is sent to a motorised pin screen in a different location, which displays the 3D image. The operator could for example move their hand in front of the camera and it would be shown at the other location. They believe the technology will be useful for architects, urban planners and even doctors.

The Bear Bottom

This is a very long way from becoming a commercial product, but it has been proven to work and it does have real world applications. The way we control computers has remained largely unchanged, with the majority of people still using mice and keyboards. In the near future that is going to change, with touch screens fast becoming the norm, there is definitely going to be a market for the inFORM

Mobile solar power

newwaveenergy

This concept is intended to provide emergency power supplies to disaster hit areas. A grid of flying drones, support solar panels. These panels can be quickly mobilised and transported to wherever they are needed. On arrival they will fly up to around 15km, where they are no longer affected by the elements and can hover in situ. The panels will generate enough power to keep the drone copters, with the excess transmitted back to earth by microwave radiation. When they are no longer needed the drones’ grids can be easily broken down and stored.

The Bear Bottom

This is an interesting idea, but the drones would need to become far more efficient. At the moment the drones would use almost all of the power they generated just to keep themselves afloat. There would also need to be large antenna transported to the disaster area, and a system to make use of the energy. All these along with the very high costs mean this concept is unlikely to see the light of day.

iPhone Air

iphone 6

The iPhone is perhaps the most successful gadget of this century so far. It has revolutionised the way we think about mobile phones. But in recent years the mobile phone market has started to feel a little stale, with the majority of handsets now basically the design – a large rectangular flat screen, with perhaps a few buttons scattered around. One response to this has been to move towards curved screens. Another explored here is to make the device incredibly thin. The iPhone Air is just 1.5mm at its thinnest point, yet still crams in all of the features we have come to expect from Apple.

The Bear Bottom

Oh how we would love the iPhone Air now. But unfortunately the technology just isn’t yet available to build this phone. By the time we have the capability, the chances are the market would have already moved on to the next big thing.