Who doesn't want the Iron Man hologram computer? Locals will have to settle for the other upcoming dishes in technology like a high tech solar recycling can. Technology isn't always fast. Check out the double-digit top speed electric car below. And technology isn't always cheap. Try a seven-digit number, the cost for a drone. But technology sure is pretty.
With the right hands at the control, a drone can create lifesaving results making the price worthy of the financial risk. Local firefighters could benefit from lifesaving drone participation. The unmanned monitor can fly through fires detecting the area for survivors and analyzing the safest way to put out the fire. This technology can give firefighters what they need. Less victims, more survivors. Drones (and robots) can play multiple roles in locating whether someone fell in a deep dark well or trapped in a mine shaft.
A good set of eyes but not nearly as interesting as the next high tech eye set.
Ever hear of Google Glass or Telepathy One? Glass wear with visual screen, audio, WI-Fi, etc to form the unimaginable; a retro pair of lens-free glasses. Imagine streaming whatever you see, as you see it, without the use of hands. Imagine giving commands to your eye wear. "Take a picture" commands the glasses to, well, take a picture. Google Glass and Telepathy One are two companies who know how to lift the bar in technology. But will one company fold in the future? That depends on what vehicle they decide to drive.
The transformer-like Armadillo-T electric cars can fold themselves for various reasons, one being to park. They come with a unique shape, as seen in Popular Science, with a weird shape that kind of reminds me of Ultra Man. This electric car literally folds. It's creepy, bit misunderstood, very slow. Top speeds of 37 mph. Highway deal breaker?
Whether high tech ring phones (prepare for a weak connection), hover shoes (already exists, requires heavy magnetic lifting), or clap-on-ties (check back during the age of hologram). Technology is going where no man cares to go sometimes. Not even Douglas Engelbart.
The mouse invention, a must have for decades, gave convenience from a keyboard. Touch screen devices have been given the mouse the squeeze, from wire to wireless, in the past decade. Using a touch screen is sensible, easier than cleaning the mouse ball and (most) comes with a touch pad lock. The touch screen surpasses what limited abilities a mouse offers. The 1963 mouse inventor Douglas Engelbart died last month at age 88.
Does the future of technology have, well, a future? As long as computers have a position in the workforce, they have a future. 2013 will be known as the employee fire and computer hire year. Shared by NBCNews, a story of workers losing their jobs to the almighty motherboard, or several, could be the red flag abroad. Will you one day walk up to the pharmacist and see a metal odd shaped robot, with robot legs, asking how "it" can help you? Tech-opoly does have a future -- your future.
Meet Leap Motion, a controller or blue print towards the hologram computer age, but without the actual hologram. A controller that tracks hand motion to control what's on the screen. A computer that leaps motion between user and the screen. You'll feel like Harry Potter on the computer when waving a little Leap Motion magic by hand. Technology is a long way from hologram magic though.
Buildings with hologram hosts or women dancing with a hologram version of their favorite entertainment personality are two moments even farther away. Unlike Big Belly, a recycling container turning manpower into ram-power.
At some point Raleigh invested in high tech Big Belly recycling cans to ignite the Big Belly recycling program. What makes the innovative recycling can high tech? The waste container keeps up with the amount of trash and when it "senses", probably by sensor, that the can is full it sends word for pick-up. A recycling can that sends word. Times are changing.
Cans cost $7,000, paid by U.S. Department of Energy via grant, and North Carolina grew interested. Plenty of savings according to WRAL and last year's test run of the high tech recycling trash cans. You'll find those high tech good for something solar recycling cans on the sidewalks of Fayetteville Street, Hillsborough Street, and other local areas. The recycling trash can lives up to the name -- Big Belly. A word that inspires further investment. It does seem appealing.
Philadelphia had Big Belly cost more than they were worth. The cans would become overstuffed and malfunction at times. Meaning, it's a good thing North Carolina did not put all their eggs in one basket. There's plenty of things the other eggs could buy, like technicians or more recycling cans for the next North Carolina taping of Iron Man. And as for the magic of hologram computers, lower your tech-pectations.
"Google Glass/Telepathy One", Popular Science
"Big Belly Solar Can Savings", WRAL
(Accessed August 24, 2013)