By Catherine Morgan
Microsoft HoloLens. Photo courtesy of Pierre Lecourt.
Innovation occurs in an evolutionary manner, with the aim to better serve our needs as they develop. As such, 2015 is an exciting year for new products that may disrupt, or radically service, our lives in ways we could never have imagined before.
Take a look at some of the year’s most “disruptive” innovations:
Two Israeli companies, Mobileye and Briefcam, introduced automotive computer vision in 2014, and the technology is set to take off this year. Smart algorithms allow cars to accurately sense their surroundings while taking over the wheel, allowing for “drivers” to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. The Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion Concept Vehicle, an autonomous vehicle introduced at the 2015 CES, is projected to revolutionize driving as we know it.
Check out the video premiere of Mercedes’ new concept car.
Eye Tracking Technology
UMoove developed software that tracks eye pupil movement to measure attentiveness and focus. The company was inspired by the notion that the eyes are the “window to the brain” and that information from our brains can be detected by tracking our eye movements. UMoove hopes to apply this technology to diagnosing ADHD, concussions, strokes, Parkinson’s Disease, and other health problems. Future applications of this software in gaming and advertising markets are also possible.
The Smart Home
You have a smart phone and a smart TV, but does it have to end there? At the 2015 CES, innovators exhibited various smart objects like smart air conditioners, shoes, wallets, forks, and toothbrushes. Life’s most mundane products are getting a serious upgrade in order to better serve your everyday needs.
The first time I saw holographic communication in Star Wars, I hoped that this technology would materialize in my lifetime. We are finally seeing strides with Microsoft’s new HoloLens that allows users to see, hear, touch, and interact with 3D images around them. HoloLens is projected to play a critical role in endeavors like software-guided surgery, team collaboration with building models, and fully interactive video gaming.
“Sorry, my phone was dead”–the excuse that will be no more. Enter Flashbattery, StoreDot’s newly announced invention that charges a cell phone in just 30 seconds. While the Flashbattery is not yet available for purchase, StoreDot raised $42 million to develop the technology.