Technology has developed so much over recent years that it can sometimes be difficult to keep up. It is especially amazing when you think how far we’ve come over the course of history. It is strange to think that people once carved things into stone (which could have its benefits since it takes so much time to carve a message, you would likely not have something banal), and paper was only invented around 100 BC in Ancient China. The printing press, invented by Johannes Gutenberg in 1440, completely revolutionised world culture because it made the dissemination of literature, and therefore knowledge, much easier. Prior to that, books were prohibitively expensive because each book would have to be copied by hand.
This led to lots of mistakes because human error is a ubiquitous and timeless menace. The plane, a technology without which the modern world would be utterly bereft, is just over one hundred years old. Now we have smartphones that have more processing power than NASA used to send two men to the moon in 1969. However, the innovations do not stop there. Not satisfied with simply utilising tech in our everyday lives, we now obviously have a desire to wear it (some people are not satisfied with that though and have started implanting tech in an effort to become legitimate cyber people). In any case, with the speed of technological advancement only increasing, here are a few pieces of wearable tech that you may have missed:
Tech is becoming so advanced that it is starting to make science fiction seem rather realist and paltry in comparison. For instance, in Douglas Adam’s classic A Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, Adams invented a neat narrative trick that would excuse him having to render foreign alien languages into English. His protagonist places a Babel fish (a cute reference to the Biblical story of the tower of Babel) into his ear and is therefore able to understand every language instantaneously. Well, this technology is becoming a reality. A British startup is developing a wireless, in-ear device that will translate what you hear and allow you to respond in real time. Of course, technology always has its drawbacks and if people become too reliant on this sort of perfectly convenient trick, we may lose the pleasure of polylingual people who from their vantage point offer beautiful insights into the culture and language that define our lives.
Virtual reality tech like Oculus Rift is becoming pretty well known but an exciting new trend set to assert itself in 2017 is mixed or augmented reality. Being able to see and comprehend your real life surroundings with the added extras that technology offers will be as exciting as it is new.
Finally, there is also tech that can help with rather more quotidian concerns like injuring yourself in the dark. LED Video Walls By Ellumiglow can be fitted into clothes to make people more visible and therefore less likely to be missed and struck by a car for instance.
The truth is that it is an interesting time to be a tech enthusiast and it is only going to get better.
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