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10 Cool Technologies of the Future

posted Apr 20, 2015, 12:47 PM by   [ updated Apr 20, 2015, 12:48 PM ]
As the school year winds down and testing comes to an end, we all feel pretty worn out.  Sometimes we just want to learn about something new and exciting.  Below are ten emerging technologies that are super cool and interesting.  You can use these as research topics, for a bell ringer activity, or for a class exit ticket activity.  Some of these make me feel like the world is becoming more and more like Star Trek.  

1.  The Drinkable Book - The first-ever manual that gives safe water tips and serves as a tool to kill deadly waterborne diseases by providing the reader with an opportunity to create clean, drinkable water from each page.

2. V2V (Vehicle to Vehicle Communication) - This is exactly what it sounds like.  Cars will warn their drivers of potential safety hazards from other vehicles.

4. Liquid Biopsy - Fast DNA sequencing machines are leading to simple blood tests for cancer.

5. Sense and Avoid Drones - Drones that fly themselves and are able to determine the best route and avoid obstacles.  

6. Megascale Desalination - Making the world's ocean water drinkable.  

7.  Brain Organoids - A new method for growing brain cells that could potentially unlock the mysteries of dementia, mental illness and other neurological disorders.

8. Supercharged Photosynthesis - We have another 10-15 years before this is available.  Advanced genetic tools could help increase crop yields and feed billions more people.  

9. Internet of DNA - This will be available in one to two years and will be a global network of genomes. Your medical treatment could benefit from the experiences of millions of others.

10. Polaroid Zip - A futuristic take on the old classic Polaroid picture.  This is literally a tiny printer that will connect to your mobile device and allow you to instantly print pictures.  

For even more cool emerging technologies, check out this presentation