Technology You Haven’t Heard of That Will Impact the Future

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( — September 18, 2018) — Every day, all around the world, scientists and innovators and programmers are reinventing the way we live our daily lives. Everything we use, from our cell phones to our laptops and even to the manufacturing processes behind the sofas we sit on, is deeply impacted by new pieces of technology. And a lot of the technology used to power the future of our tech-heavy world is invisible to the average consumer—at least for now.

While new inventions are being silently pushed in the background, the population are reaping the benefits without even realizing it. With that being said, here are different pieces of tech you haven’t heard of that are changing the way we see, feel, and operating on our Earth and beyond:

Meta 2

Meta 2 is an augmented reality device that allows any user to see three-dimensionally. Using 3D images, the Meta 2 projects high-quality images that offer a 90-degree field of view, anywhere right in front of you. The company recently partnered with ZeroLight and UltraHaptics to begin implementing the sensation of touch to augmented reality.

This new technology allows you to touch, grab, and pull on photorealistic content and offers a fully immersive experience. Priced at over $2,000, this type of advancement doesn’t come cheap. Here’s a few words from Sherri Smith, who reviewed the Meta 2 for Tom’s Guide:

“I took a look under the hood of the Pagani and stared at the Roadster’s exquisitely designed engine. I placed my hand on top of the hologram, only to hear it rev and feel the vibration of all the horsepower vibrating through my fingers. Although I knew the car wasn’t really there, the crisp graphics from the Meta 2 headset, coupled with the ultrasonic vibrations, successfully fooled my mind into believing the improbable.”

Medical Smartwatches

It’s impossible to come up with a list about new tech advancements without mentioning some technology in the healthcare industry. In 2017, the Federal Drug Administration approved the first ever medical accessory device, which came from AliveCor—a company you’ve probably never heard of.

The Kardiaband EKG reader can be applied to the back of any smartphone watch, like the Apple watch, and then combined with a smart app to detect abnormal heart rhythm and atrial fibrillation (AFib). With the device, you can get a quick EKG reading by tapping the band’s integrated sensor. SmartRhythm is another feature which provides deep insight into your heart rate, and could detect any abnormalities with extreme accuracy.

CIRLEX Polymide

CIRLEX polymide is most likely a piece of tech you haven’t heard of, unless you’re in the aerodynamics or space tech industry. CIRLEX is an all-polyimide sheet material that’s used across the electronics, aerospace, and automotive industry. What really makes it a premium material is its ability to thrive in extreme temperatures that would decimate other types of materials. For instance, it’s able to sustain temperatures as low as -452 degrees and as high as 664 degrees.

This material is especially important when creating space technology. Choosing the right components and materials can mean the difference between a successful mission or a failure. This laminated sheet product utilizes state-of-the-art adhesive bonding technology. It’s used for everything from rocket ships to submarines to automobiles.

3D Metal Printing

You’ve heard of 3D printing before, but did you know companies like General Electric, Markforged, and Desktop Metal are already printing 3D objects with metal? This is big news for thousands of manufacturers around the world.

So far, this technology exists on a relatively small scale, but 2018 has already begun to near big plans for the future of metal printing. General Electric successfully tested its metal printer’s ability to print large parts, and plans to sell it this year. Here are a few ways metal printing will have a huge impact on manufacturing:

  • Manufacturers will no longer need to keep large inventories of parts and products. They would be able to print on-demand as products are needed.

  • Companies will be able to support older models, which would help retain customers who aren’t willing to pay premium for a newer model

  • 3D metal printing would make it possible to develop products that are lighter and stronger

  • Manufacturers would be able to adapt to a wider range of needs

  • 3D metal printing can produce materials at 100x the speed at 1/20th of the cost

  • Smaller manufacturers would be more competitive

  • The technology could create more complex patterns and shapes that aren’t currently achievable through today’s metal fabrication methods