The pace at which the world of technology is witnessing progress and advancements, the term “latest” doesn’t take long to become “previous”. The popularity of high technology doesn’t seem to diminish in near or far future, especially when every week turns into a host to some more technological marvels.
If you feel butterflies in your stomach whenever you hear a new technology has stormed the world, you are not the only one. Every tech-aficionado wants to be up-to-date with the latest innovations and upgrades of something that has been around for many years.
So this week, we bring you some of the latest breakthroughs in the world of technology. Read along…
- The Augmented Reality
The augmented-reality game “Pokémon Go” is the latest madness that has swept smartphone users off their feet. According to a recent study, researchers are trying to design a new imaging technique that would make the Pokémon seem like they are actually interacting with the real world. You’ve been searching for a Pokémon till now, wait for an upgrade.
A name of this upcoming imaging technology is Interactive Dynamic Video. This imaging technology grabs the images of the real world and creates video simulations that you can interact with virtually. Apart from contributing towards game development, these innovations can also help in many other fields, such as how various structures will respond in case of a natural disaster or any other severe condition.
- Artificial Leaf
While it’s true that the wind, solar and hydroelectric energies have been a boon for environment conservation, the bitter truth that carbon emissions are not going to go low anytime soon still prevails.
This week has brought a ray of hope along with it. Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory have invented an immensely cost-effective method of carbon capture, called the Artificial Leaf.
The artificial leaf emulates photosynthesis, a process by which plants, well, you know how photosynthesis works. What differentiates artificial leaf from natural ones is that while the natural plants convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into oxygen and glucose, artificial leaf turns carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide (CO) using solar energy.
CO is also a greenhouse gas, which means it traps heat like CO2, but it can be used as a fuel. By using tungsten based compounds, the scientists are able to mimic photosynthesis at very reasonable price, unlike using silver or other expensive metals. Just imagine the possibilities if an artificial leaf can produce synthetic gas at the same cost as that of producing gasoline. Researchers also claim that they are working towards developing this alternate energy source to an extent that it can be used for future mars missions. The world, as we know it, should expect a big change. A much-needed change, we must say.
- Neural Dust
Sci-Fi movies aficionados are going to love this. Scientists claim that they are developing wireless powered implants, called Neural Dust, which will be able to scan and imitate brain cells. Say hi to a future where many brain and body disorders can be easily treated. The day is not far when we will have better control over prosthetics and have robots which have a brain-machine interface that we have never imagined. This research is funded by DARPA. Till now, the experiments are an only limited peripheral nervous system, but scientists are hopeful that they will able to progress towards the central nervous system.
So this is what we have for you this week. We are sure next week will bring more astonishing technological advancements. Stay tuned, and stay curious.