5 Innovations Changing Our World 5 Innovations Changing Our World

We live in an exciting world in 2018. With cutting-edge technology appearing that seems right out of a science fiction movie, our lives are full of ideas that can potentially change the world forever.

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5 Innovations Changing Our World

by Nexlec 

Dec 01, 2017

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We live in an exciting world in 2018. With cutting-edge technology appearing that seems right out of a science fiction movie, our lives are full of ideas that can potentially change the world forever.  


These 5 innovative technological developments  are proof that our future looks very exciting. 


Edible water blobs 

In the future, we may be able to finally say goodbye to plastic water bottles for good with this innovation.  Skipping Rocks Lab is a sustainable packaging start up based in London. They have created the world’s first edible water blob, stored in seaweed based packaging. Sounds crazy, doesn't it? It can also be used for other liquids such as soft drinks, alcohol and puts a whole new spin on grabbing a drink to go. Not only it is much more environmentally friendly, but these blobs are also cheaper to produce than plastic bottles. 

 

3D printing 

3D printing has been around for a few years, but several technological advancements have been made since its introduction.  3D printers have fallen significantly in price making it much more accessible to the general public. Companies are also coming up with new ways to print 3D objects out of a variety of materials. Gone are the days when only plastic objects could be printed. Metal, textiles, even chocolate can now be printed.


With the feasibility of printing houses, car and aeroplane components becoming an everyday reality, a future where you can print your dream home by simply clicking a button seems closer than ever. A real-life Sims – who would have thought. 


Hyperloop 

Hyperloop is the brainchild of Elon Musk. The concept envisions a vehicle similar to a train that travels in vacuum tunnels at speeds of up to 1000km/h. Theoretically, it would take a mere 6 hours to travel around the world in  the  Hyperloop. 


Though again sounding like a science fiction movie plot, work on Hyperloop One development has gone from strength to strength and recent partnering with Virgin now has its official name as Virgin Hyperloop One. The question now is, could air travel become a thing of the past?


Self-driving cars 

Self-driving cars are no longer a figment of the imagination. Autonomous cars are touted to become safer than human drivers who are prone to fatigue, road rage and judgement errors.   Self-driving cars can also potentially provide lower fuel consumption, reduce traffic jams and eliminate the need for inner city parking space. 


While it may still take a while before we can buy your very own self-driving car, the concept has already been adopted in public transport vehicles such as trains and trams. 


Balloon Space Travel 

If you ever wish you can take a trip to space but don’t have a quarter of a million to buy a seat on Virgin Galactic’s space plane, your space-faring dreams may become a reality soon. 


Companies such as zero2infinity are spearheading a new form of space tourism by launching capsules into space with helium balloons.  At  36km above the earth's surface, you can enjoy breath-taking views of Earth without the need for any specialised training. These balloons can stay in the stratosphere for up to 2 hours and will only cost a mere $75,000 per trip. 


I often wonder what my great grandparents would have thought about cell phones and the internet. Sitting at 36 000 meters above the earth in a balloon would certainly have had them talking.

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