When the Wright Brothers created their first airplane, they had to invent a lot more than warping wings. One of their biggest challenges was created an engine that was light but sufficiently powerful to (barely) get the plane off the ground. They had to invent all sorts of things. Today, inventors have the benefits of many other innovations. This tends to create a cascade of invention. The graphene based super capacity I posted about yesterday is a good example of that.
Here’s a video showing how the Wright Flyer Engine worked.
There is a lot of technology today that is waiting on a suitable power source/storage mechanism. For example, science fiction has presented us with glimpses of robots in society but right now there is no power source for them. This trailer of the iRobot movie couldn’t happen today even if the computers could do what you see. Still, it might only be a matter of time.
Smartphones are another technology limited by power problems. When I got my Galaxy S3 a few months ago, I turned on a feature that had it listening all the time to what I said so it would voice respond to me. It absolutely killed the battery! lol So the technology is there to do a lot more but it’s all about power.
Ok so onto today’s topic. I came across a cool video that shows how using augmented reality technology we can present information to augment what the user is seeing. What is significant about this demo is the glasses actually track your eyes to exactly determine what you are looking at. To do this is much more power intensive than voice recognition so right now you have to plug it in, but I’m hopeful these will be portable in future.
Check out this video and imagine a child wearing these in a museum!
So how long before cell phones start tracking our eyes? Um… how about in 2 months? The Galaxy S4 is rumored to use the built in camera to watch your eye so that when you are reading and reach the bottom of the screen, it automatically scrolls it down for you! That’s very very awesome!