Technological advances change the world at an incredible pace. We can witness the advent of inventions that could only be seen in science fiction films not long ago.
13. The Third Thumb
The Third Thumb was designed by Royal College of Arts alumnus Dani Clode. This toolresembles a prosthesis, but its purpose is not to replace lacking limbs: on the contrary, it is intended to expand human abilities.
The Third Thumb is controlled by sensors built into your shoes. It makes playing the guitar, using various devices, and holding objects in your hand much easier.
Paqsule is a smart bag. You only need to press a button and it will clear its contents of germs and unpleasant odors by making use of ultraviolet light and ozone. This procedure takes 35 minutes. Paqsule is controllable with an iOS/Android app and has over 20 premium features.
11. Water Walker and Spa
In order to lose weight, some people use a treadmill, and some take up water aerobics. Water Walker and Spa is an invention that combines these 2 methods. You can even install it at home and run in the water to your heart’s content.
The facility has different modes and can also be used as a spa if desired.
Once you put the Amabrush toothbrush in your mouth, your teeth will be clean in just 10 seconds. It’s made up of a mouthpiece, a handpiece, and a toothpaste capsule. The brush vibrates to clear teeth of germs.
The bristles on the mouthpiece are aligned at a 45° angle, and its body is made of antibacterial silicone. Amabrush has an iOS and Android app to set different vibration modes and cleaning times. The cost of this gadget is about €90.
9. Anti-Theft Backpack
Anti-Theft Backpack is a stylish thief-proof backpack fitted with hidden zippers and secret pockets. It is made of extra-strong waterproof fabric that is hard to cut.
It also has a built-in USB charging port, a luggage strap, and illuminating safety strips.
8. Airing Micro-CPAP
Airing Micro-CPAP is a device designed to deal with sleep apnea (breathing suspension during sleep). Unlike similar devices, the Airing Micro-CPAP is small and compact.
It generates air pressure inside the inhalation vent so that the patient can breathe evenly and without stopping while sleeping.
It’s unclear yet how much the Micro-CPAP will cost: the project is still in development.
Polarseal is a lightweight, waterproof, and breathable sweater that’ll heat you up in 10 seconds — just hit the button. It is ideal for skiers, runners, and fans of cold weather walks. It’s available in both men’s and women’s versions.
6. MTG Dental Camera
MTG Dental Camera was created to diagnose the condition of teeth, saving us the trouble of going to the dentist over nothing. Just use it to take a picture of your teeth, and send it to your dentist through a special mobile app. Then he or she will decide if you need to make an appointment.
5. Story Levitating Timepiece
Story is the first levitating timepiece. Instead of hands, it only has an aluminum ball and a smooth wooden dial. This clock is unique because it can be set to show any time interval: 24 hours, a year, 5 years, or the time remaining until your project’s deadline.
If you get tired of too much originality, you can turn on the LED Matrix display that will show the time as if it were an ordinary clock.
4. Spray-on Fabric
Spray-on Fabric is a technology that enables you to spray a liquid mixture of plastic and cotton from a can. It solidifies, turning into clothes that can be worn, washed, and worn again.
The technology was patented by Spanish designer Manel Torres. Together with particle engineer Paul Luckham, he founded the company Fabrican Ltd. where they plan to develop sprayable bandages, sanitary napkins, and even upholstery.
Vitastiq is an innovative pen that, paired with a mobile application, can determine how many vitamins and minerals your body has. You need to run this pen over your hand, and all the data will appear on the screen of your smartphone or tablet. The creators warn that the device cannot replace a visit to the doctor, but it can help to adjust your diet and better monitor your health.
HAPIfork is a smart fork that can fix your eating habits and reduce your weight. When you’re eating too quickly, the fork vibrates and lights up.
The fork is easy to use. It can be washed under the faucet or in a dishwasher and is charged with a USB cable connected to a computer.
You can track your eating habits and add photos of your dishes through the HAPILABS app.
1. The Color Rings
The wireless Color Rings is a device designed by Argentinean company BCK. It enables you to talk on the phone even more comfortably and naturally than before. Starting a conversation is as easy as pie: you only have to put these rings on your little finger and thumb, and bring them to your mouth and ear respectively. They function as a headset and a microphone.
Bonus: Synthetic human mouth
Constructed by engineers at Kagawa University, Japan, this synthetic mouth mimics the structure of human speech organs and can actually pronounce some sounds. It has a silicone windpipe, vocal chords, tongue, and even a nose, which has a crucial impact on how we talk. The mouth may look rather terrifying, but it’s also smart: it teaches itself through the sounds it hears and produces. We can only hope that scientists will find a good use for it.