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Less science fiction, it’s really just science

I was just reading about Google’s newest project and it got me thinking about how the gap between science fiction and simply just, ‘science’ has pretty much closed since I was a kid and watching films like Innerspace and Terminator… bear with me…

Google’s new patent sees a range of smart contact lenses equipped with tiny cameras embedded within, to allow for ‘in lens’ photography or assistance for the visually impaired. Google also have lenses that are able to provide measurements of blood glucose levels for diabetics through a sensor that measures the glucose in tears and signals the levels through teeny, tiny LED’s.

Soooo… given we know that human bodies don’t accept foreign objects particularly well and this new lens means we can access the small surface of our eye (which is covered by live cells that can represent our whole body) in a non-intrusive way, how long before a contact lens can analyse what is happening inside our body without actually ever entering it… (that’s the Innerspace reference).

… and how long before we have night vision, or augmented data layered in. How long before we don’t need all the other screens around us, our phones, in-car dashboards… and how long before a simple lens scans everyone around us (Terminator ticked) and along with Arnie and Quaid, Cruise needs to re-draft his Minority Report to be something more actual fiction biased science fiction…

He'll be back...

He’ll be back…

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The return of the geek…

It’s been brought to my attention a few times this year that I haven’t posted to this lovely little space for quite some time now, I had no idea I was letting my fellow geeks down so I’m making a commitment to be back in 2014 doing what I love most, distilling down the innovative technologies I’m so lucky to explore into terms, us mere (non coding) mortals can understand so we can all spread the excitement!

To get started again I’ve put a little review of my top favourite things I got to play with in 2013, and over the coming weeks I’ll be looking into the techy trends I predict will explode in 2014 too, plus some other cool stuff…

 

Number 4: Google Glass
After months upon months of beta testing, these sleek little glasses are starting to resemble something that could actually be useful in every day multi tasking, they still have a way to go before what they can do matches the price tag but, across 2013 Google have evolved the rudimentary to something tangible that takes your smartphone to your head in a fairly comfortable lightweight way…

It still strains my eyes a little though…

google glass

Google Glass

Number 3: My PS4
I recently donated my Xbox 360 to my 10-year-old cousin, whom I haven’t seen since as he’s now mastering his new found love of gaming.

It was a tough call, but this time round I’ve gone with Sony, why you ask? Simply put; the graphics have more horses behind them than ever before, the interface is brilliantly simple and intuitive and my thumbs don’t hurt as much due to the sleek controller. Oh, and it’s much quieter… shhh

Sony PS4

The full PS4 kit

Number 2: Bio stamps
You’ve all heard of the Nike Fuel band or the Pebble smart watch right? Take that and put into a silicon plaster laced with a circuit board one fifth the width of a human hair and you have Bio Stamps, taking the bulky nature of technology and matching it the soft contours of the human body; simply fascinating.

MC10 Bio stamp

Courtesy of MC10, a Bio stamp

You can explore more here; http://www.mc10inc.com/

 

Number 1: Oculus Rift
A clear winner for me; the guys I work with have been exploring the future of this amazing piece of tech for quite some time now and last year saw us launch a world first experience combining martial arts and car prototyping in a world that felt so real it caused some users motion sickness.
Launched on Kickstarter in 2012 to gain funding following a demo at E3, Oculus have raised millions since and a version should be available to consumers at the end of this year.

Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift

Words can’t do it justice so check out this video to get an idea of where it can take you…

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