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Humans were always able to outperform themselves, as a reason that we re living in a highly advanced technology world. You ve of course experienced a moment of shock at least a couple of times in your life when you saw a new invention that you ve never thought it can be real. Well, be ready to replay the scene!
In this article we will show you some inventions that will blow your imagination, inventions that you have never thought or heard of:
The morning Multitasker
The problem with laptops and tablets, says Mark Rolston of the design firm Frog, is that they re confined by a screen. He wants to turn the entire room into a monitor, where you can have the news on your kitchen table while you place a video call on your fridge. And when you re done, you can swipe everything away, like Tony Stark in Iron Man.
The congestion killer
Traffic jams can form out of the simplest things. One driver gets too close to another and has to brake, as does the driver behind, as does the driver behind him pretty soon, the first driver has sent a stop-and-go shock wave down the highway. One driving simulator study found that nearly half the time one vehicle passed another, the lead vehicle had a faster average speed. All this leads to highway turbulence, which is why many traffic modelers see adaptive cruise control (A.C.C.) which automatically maintains a set distance between a car and the vehicle in front of it as the key to congestion relief. Simulations have found that if some 20 percent of vehicles on a highway were equipped with advanced A.C.C., certain jams could be avoided simply through harmonizing speeds and smoothing driver reactions. One study shows that even a highway that is running at peak capacity has only 4.5 percent of its surface area occupied. More sophisticated adaptive cruse control systems could presumably fit more cars on the road.
When a quarter of the vehicles on a simulated highway had A.C.C., cumulative travel time dropped by 37.5 percent.
Doctor on board
Your car is already able to call for help when an accident occurs, but within a few years, it ll tip paramedics off to probable injuries too. E.M.T. s would know the likelihood of internal bleeding or traumatic head injury, for example, before arriving on the scene, which would help them decide whether to move you to a Level 1 trauma center or a standard emergency room. Researchers at the University of Michigan International Center for Automotive Medicine have created the predictive models by cross-referencing the crash data provided by sensors on cars, like speed and location of impact, with 3-D scans of accident victims.
A nice little cabin in the sky
The typical plane cabin is drier than the Arizona desert, and the air is so thin it feels as if you were visiting Machu Picchu. This brutal environment contributes to the parched, exhausted feeling you get after you fly. But there are already planes in the air made mostly of carbon fiber that solves this problem. Carbon fiber is markedly stronger by weight than the aluminum used for most existing planes, which means that the interior air pressure can be adjusted to more comfortable levels without the risk of damaging the fuselage. Airlines also keep humidity levels low now to prevent the plane s metal skin from corroding, but carbon fiber doesn t rust. That will allow a new system to maintain humidity at a more comfortable 15 percent (up from around 5 to 10 percent). Japan Airlines and Nippon Airlines bought the first crop of these new planes. They re currently in service between Tokyo and Boston.
The rolling arcade
The industrial designer Jiang Qian has conceived of a subway strap that s also a video game. It has a button on each side that you push with your thumb as you hang on; instead of a joystick, you control movement by twisting the handle from side to side. Jiang imagines that new types of games could be created, where keeping your balance while the train is in motion is part of the challenge. And unlike Angry Birds on your phone, Strap Game (that s the official name) will alert you when your stop is approaching.
The anti-slouch screen
If you slump down when you re typing on an ErgoSensor monitor by Philips, it ll suggest that you sit up straighter. To help office workers avoid achy backs and tired eyes, the device s built-in camera follows the position of your pupils to determine how you are sitting. Are you too close? Is your neck tilted too much? Algorithms crunch the raw data from the sensor and tell you how to adjust your body to achieve ergonomic correctness. The monitor can also inform you that it s time to stand up and take a break, and it will automatically power down when it senses that you ve left.
The shut up gun
When you aim the SpeechJammer at someone, it records that person s voice and plays it back to him with a delay of a few hundred milliseconds. This seems to gum up the brain s cognitive processes a phenomenon is known as delayed auditory feedback and can painlessly render the person unable to speak. Kazutaka Kurihara, one of the SpeechJammer s creators, sees it as a tool to prevent loudmouths from overtaking meetings and public forums, and he d like to miniaturize his invention so that it can be built into cellphones. It s different from conventional weapons such as samurai swords, Kurihara says. We hope it will build a more peaceful world.
Your body, your login
A team of Dutch and Italian researchers has found that the way you move your phone to your ear while answering a call is as distinct as a fingerprint. You take it up at a speed and angle that s almost impossible for others to replicate. Which makes it a more reliable password than anything you d come up with yourself. (The most common iPhone password is 1234. ) Down the line, simple movements, like the way you shift in your chair, might also replace passwords on your computer. It could also be the master key to the seven million passwords you set up all over the Internet but keep forgetting.
A world without hangovers
Researchers at Imperial College London are closing in on a formula for a new kind of booze synthetic alcohol, it s called that would forever eliminate the next morning s headache (not to mention other problems associated with drinking). The team, led by David Nutt, a psychiatrist, and former British drug czar, has identified six compounds similar to benzodiazepines a broad class of psychoactive drugs that won t get you rip-roaring drunk but will definitely provide a buzz. According to Nutt, the alcohol substitute would be a flavorless additive that you could put in a nonalcoholic drink. And when you want to sober up, all you d have to do is pop a pill.