There have been some incredible technological inventions this year. Although it is only July and there are a lot of days left till this year is over, there have already been a significant number of discoveries in this part. This makes us very hopeful for the days to come.
Here Are The Top Ten Inventions Of This Year, Till The Month Of July:
Embryologists from University of Cambridge in the UK have been able to successfully grow mouse embryos using only stem cells. These were created without any ovules or sperms; just cells picked from another embryo.
This breakthrough provides a whole new route to literally ‘create’ life under the microscope. This is expected to help in understanding the mysteries of human lives’ beginnings and discovering the prognosis for various diseases.
3-D Metal Printing
We all know about 3-D printing – some of us even have fondled with the idea of getting one. 3-D printing anything other than plastics, like metal, has been out of the question as it would be incredibly costly and morbidly slow.
However, the turn of the decade saw metal printing become a viable option for mass production. It has several benefits too!
Printing metals produce lighter and stronger parts. They can even create shapes that are not possible to me produced through conventional techniques.
Neural Network Duels
Till now, there was one thing that used to baffle AIs: imagination. Recently, the breakthrough achieved was two AIs sparring with each other, themselves, creating ultra-realistic sounds and images. This is being termed as ‘generative adversarial network’ or GAN. This is possible because of two separate points of views colliding with one another.
This is being experimented on to make AIs less reliant to human help. This is good news for self-driving cars but bad news for digital fakery bots.
Complete Anonymity in Online Transactions
Complete internet privacy would protect against overall privacy breach or identity threat. It would let the user prove that they’re over 18 years without revealing their date of birth to any third party monitors.
Such an attempt is being made by Zcash, a digital currency. It was launched in 2016. Developers at Zcash use the method of zk-SNARK (“zero-knowledge succinct non-interactive argument of knowledge”) to enable users the complete anonymity in online transactions.
Creator of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, has described zk-SNARK as an “absolutely game-changing technology”.
Carbon-Free Natural Gas
Global warming is the biggest ecological concern right now and various steps are being taken to control it. However, the world cannot just eliminate emissions of greenhouse gases and consumptions of natural fuel.
A leading power plant in Houston is currently testing a technology that uses the carbon dioxide emitted from combustion of natural gas under high pressure and heat. The resultant supercritical carbon dioxide is being used as the “working fluid” for a turbine to generate power. This way, most of the CO2 can be recycled continuously.
With the effects of global warming ever increasing and the necessity to conserve trees increasing proportionally, the need for paper globally has increased too. The more paper used, the more paper is wasted.
To tackle this conundrum, three Chinese inventors have made a gadget which will turn recyclable waste paper into usable pencil!
Google has come up with yet another break-through to provide revolutionary instant translations in the ear.
These pair of ear buds, priced at $159, work with Google’s Pixel smartphones and Google Translate application. These produce real-time translations.
The translation works both ways; the person who is wearing the ear buds says something in English, which is translated in the phone and played out aloud in the desired language, the response from the speaker is again translated instantly and played through the wearer’s ear buds.
Body Armor with Defensive Measures
Patented in 2007, the Armstar Bodyguard 9XI-HD01 looks straight out of a Batman Comics and it is about to become available to the public in this year.
This invention acts as a shield, concealing a non-lethal weapon and communication medium. It is built with hard plastic and Kevlar. It has a rechargeable lithium battery which powers a strong enough Taser to knock off out an adult. It also has a camera inbuilt to transmit images and a cellphone charging slot.
Microwaves have been used to heat up your food quickly, everyone knows that. But, what about quick chilling?
Frigondas is the latest wonder in kitchen appliances which can freeze your drinks in a matter of minutes. The best thing is, it can even double up as a traditional microwave.
While the use of large lenses and cameras will not be affected, the image captured will stay the same. The way that image is processed will change, however. With slimmer devices and more computing power the modern devices are packed with a better image sensor and post-procession engines.
These deviations from the traditional approach will continue to grow with the emergence of new devices and more powerful processors.