Since time began we have looked to the world of science fiction with excited enthusiasm to the technologies of tomorrow but some of them simply never seem to come. Yes, we have flat screen televisions and smartphones that are more powerful than the computers used to land on the moon but the really cool technologies always seem to be years away.
Here we are looking at 8 Gadget Inventions We Are All Desperate Are All Waiting For.
The Self-Driving Car
Nowadays car manufacturers are required to meet a huge array of safety standards when designing and making their vehicles. Regardless of how many safety features a car may have accidents continue to happen. This is largely because of human error or negligence while driving. We are probably all guilty of trying to drive while eating, texting, talking or applying makeup. When you look at it like that you know the self-driving car makes perfect sense. Not only would it be pretty cool it could save lives.
Scientists have been working on the self-driving car since the 1990’s. In fact the U.S. Department of Transport sponsored the National Automated Highway System Consortium (NAHSC), who successfully demonstrated the potential of radar, magnetic and visual sensors that could a allow a vehicle to navigate a specially prepared section of road.
It may seem strange to learn that the current leader in the development of a self-driving is internet giant, Google. Google have been, since the mid 2000’s, using its team of scientists and engineers to develop an automatic car which can use artificial intelligence and Google Maps to safely navigate. According to reports Google’s self-driving cars have already driven over 200,000 miles on California roads and have never yet been involved in an accident apart from one accident where a Google self-driving car was involved in a 5 car smash when a human was in control of it.
The only thing that is holding Google and their self-driving car from further development is federal and state regulatory approval.
The Flying Car
Flying cars have long been a dream of many especially those who have seen Back to the Future or Blade Runner. There have been many prototype flying cars over the years but each one has either been a car that can act like and plane or a plane that can act like a car. We are yet to see a flying car that we can drive off the freeway and up to the skyway.
Starting in 1996 NASA’s Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Project began to explore and research possibilities of antigravity. Unfortunately the necessary technology to create anything considered antigravity is still beyond our capabilities so we are still waiting to see Marty McFly on a hoverboard or Doc Brown flying a DeLorean.
The City Under the Sea
Science fiction stories have long made us dream of wonderful sprawling metropolis’s that lay beneath the waves. Amazingly the many environmental problems that the world is now facing could actually force the human race to speed up the realisation of the underwater dream.
Through the 1950’s and 1960’s there were many experiments that proved humans can indeed live under the sea but fast forward 50 years and we are still no closer to an underwater city. This maybe because living underwater or building an underwater city is not an easy thing to do and more importantly it is not cheap.
Maybe if technology makes underwater living easier or cheaper we will continue the dream of a city under the sea.
Owning Robot Maids
As humans we are always looking for ways and technologies to make our lives a little easier. It is because of this desire to make life a little easier the idea of a robotic maid is so appealing.
There have been huge advancements in the worlds of robotics and artificial intelligence in recent years although we are still a long way away from robotic maids that look like Rosie, the robotic maid from The Jettson’s. While robotic technology continues to evolve and advance currently we do have vacuum cleaners which can move around the house automated and microwave ovens which have smart programs we are looking at a long wait until we have a robotic maid which will take over all of the household chores.
Holidays on Mars.
It was way back in the July of 1969 that Apollo 11 first landed humans on the moon. That mission remains to this very day the furthest distance a human has travelled from Earth. Back in 1969 it seemed like only a matter of time before we moved onto Mars and even other planets in our solar system. Then once we had reached these distant planets it is only natural that things would progress and we would all be taking vacations on Mars.
Jump forward a few decades and human space travel has well and truly come to a halt and there is only a handful of people who have set foot on the moon and no one has even been close to Mars.
Sure, there are a few companies which over the chance of a trip into space but this are only available to those who have a $100,000 or more to spare. While I am sure that maybe someday holidays on Mars will be like a weekend in the country but I doubt that it will be in your grandchild’s lifetime.
A Meal in a Pill
It was back in the 1800’s that people first began dreaming of a 100-percent synthetic food derived from chemicals which could then be consumed in tablet form. The idea of an entire meal in tablet form is still a dream of humans as it would help save people a lot of time and would also help solve much of the world’s hunger problems. It would also eliminate the risk of famine in the event of crop failures or various other natural disasters.
When it comes to actually developing such a pill science has hit many obstacles along the way. Currently scientists are still struggling to find a way to alter the very laws of physics and find a way to pack in all of the proteins, carbohydrates, fats and other nutrients into a small pill. This is not to mention the 2,000 calories that a human needs each and every day. At this point the meal in a pill dream is still very much still a thing of science fiction.
I am sure that most guys out there saw Sean Connery in Thunderball strap on a jetpack and wish they had their very own personal jetpack. Amazingly the personal jetpack is not the creation of Hollywood or science fiction. It is actually the creation of some pretty clever German scientists during the years of World War 2.
Since then various governments and scientists have pursued the dream of developing a jetpack capable of allowing humans to take to the skies with one of the biggest problems been not finding a way to carry enough fuel. It was as recent as 2011 that a New Zealand company named, Martin Aircraft managed to use a remote controlled jetpack to demonstrate the ability to reach an altitude of 5,000 feet and then cruise along at a speed of 62 miles per hour. The craft was able to stay in the air for over 30 minutes. The signs are now looking good for you to own your very own personal jetpack but it is worth noting that there is no sign this jetpack will be offered for sale anytime soon.