Future technologies

Lara Culcu

Virtual reality headsets

A virtual reality (or VR) headset is a device that you wear over your eyes like a pair of goggles. It blocks out all external light and shows you an image on high-definition screens in front of your eyes. The goal of the VR headset is to immerse you in a game. In VR games, your point of view is your character’s point of view; most VR headsets track your head movement, so that wherever you look, your character looks, too. If done well, you’ll feel like you are inside the game.
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3D printing

3D printing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.
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A robot is a mechanical or virtual artificial agent, usually an electro-mechanical machine that is guided by a computer program or electronic circuitry. Robots can be autonomous or semi-autonomous and range from humanoids such as Honda's Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility (ASIMO) and TOSY's TOSY Ping Pong Playing Robot (TOPIO) to industrial robots, medical operating robots, patent assist robots, dog therapy robots, collectively programmed swarm robots, UAV drones such as General Atomics MQ-1 Predator, and even microscopic Nano robots. By mimicking a lifelike appearance or automating movements, a robot may convey a sense of intelligence or thought of its own.
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Brain controlled prosthetics

A cyborg is a fusion between a human and a machine, and is a common theme for science fiction stories But researchers at Chalmer's university in Sweden have developed a prosthetic that makes its users fit the definition of a cyborg because it is connected directly to the bone, nerves, and muscles of the patient. The prosthetic is attached with a titanium bolt right at the elbow stump of the patient. This is what the scientists call osseointegration, or bone-anchoring.

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Google glasses

Google Glass is effectively a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display. The heads-up display coupled with voice activation allows users to see and interact with information in a smart phone-like hands-free format. It enables you to use maps, take photos, take videos, make calls, write reminders and lots of other things you would typically be able to do on a smart phone.
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