In some ways humanity has gone far ahead, while in some things it still remains at the level of the early 20th century. Every day, scientists and researchers are creating mind-boggling new technologies that could change our world. And although we hear about some technologies, many remain unnoticed and little known. We offer you 14 such technologies that few people have heard of.
LifeStraw Compact Water Filter
Great travel gear that you can use anytime, anywhere, like when you go camping.
The filter can remove 99.9999% of parasites and bacteria in the water. Thanks to this filter, you will not be afraid that you have run out of water on a hike. After all, you can drink water from lakes, rivers and even puddles.
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The Space Shuttle was one of NASA’s greatest engineering achievements. The space agency had to solve innumerable small problems when creating the spacecraft in order to safely deliver the shuttle into space. Moreover, engineers have never encountered a number of problems before, in particular, the problem of strong heating of the case. Therefore, they needed to design the outer part of the shuttle to be resistant to heat.
NASA experimented with numerous thermal insulation materials to develop exterior tiles for the spacecraft’s hull. As a result, engineers and scientists developed the LI-900 insulation tile. The tiles are mainly composed of quartz glass (94% quartz sand + air). The outer tiles of the shuttle were made with LI-900 and were covered with white or black insulation to handle different temperatures. This makes them excellent insulators and as such they have been used to produce Shuttle Insulation Tiles.
During the experiment, during tests of LI-900 tiles, which took place at the Kennedy Space Center, USA, they were heated to 1200 degrees in an oven. But as soon as the tiles were removed from the oven, they cooled instantly, resulting in the material being handled with bare hands in just a few seconds. All this is due to the fact that the LI-900 material dissipates heat very quickly.
By the way, similar insulating materials made of silicon oxide were also used on the hull of the Russian spacecraft Buran, which was created during the Soviet era.
Biofuel charging for gadgets
Simply use the small branches or leaves you find anywhere in the woods and you can create a fire that this tech gadget will use to generate the electricity you need to charge your electronic devices while camping. Iolite Camp Stove cooks food and charges gadgets using only sticks and twigs, without the use of traditional combustible energy sources.
After the suit is fastened, it can fly at speeds up to 50-51 km per hour. It can also lift a person to a height of 3600 meters. The only drawback of the suit is its price tag. The Gravity Industries flying suit costs $443,000.
Richard Browning says it wasn’t Iron Man that inspired him to create the suit, but the desire to prove that a man can fly.
The costumes are sold by Gravity Industries through a London department store. If people don’t want to buy, but only want to try it, they can learn to fly it for as little as $39,000. I hope Browning comes up with a way to keep the suit in the air longer.
Designer Katharina Unger partnered with Julia Kiesinger and the University of Utrecht to create a system that will grow and breed plastic-absorbing mushrooms. The mushroom is then added to the container. Next, the fungus slowly begins to absorb the plastic.
Real-time foreign language translation device
No, this is not a concept or lines from a fantasy novel. You can already buy this device. Imagine that you are planning a trip to another country but don’t have time to learn a difficult language.
The principle of operation of the device is simple: it hears words, recognizes the language, translates them and transmits them to the ear using computer speech.
Invisibility cloaks can now be found not only in the Harry Potter novel. This amazing scientific trick was achieved by researchers led by telecommunications engineer José Asana. The device then switches back the frequency of the light as the light beams leave the object.
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, USA, have developed an amazing technology. In principle, this technology does not use invasive procedures so that a person can control a robot arm with the power of thought.
Would you like a transparent aluminum window that can’t be broken, unlike glass? This is actually a dream, and scientists have managed to create a material that looks like glass, but is actually as strong as aluminum.
Known as aluminum oxynitride, or ALON, this ceramic material is made up of aluminum, oxygen, and nitrogen. It has a transparency of over 80% and is four times stronger than quartz glass. Surmet, a manufacturing company, began developing the material in 2002, and over the past 12 years the material has been used in various commercial projects. Other material properties include scratch resistance, high transparency and no birefringence.
Especially in area where high transparency and strength are required. For example, this material can be used in the military industry, in the space industry and energy.
The Reimport Vision Device is a unique technology that allows people with visual impairments to gain minimal vision through their tongues. The device looks like normal sunglasses, but it has a camera installed. These pulses are transmitted to the user’s tongue through the electrode array.
The device uses the concept of sensory replacement, in which if a sensory organ is damaged, the part of the brain responsible for that sense will eventually learn to perform a different function.