motion capture technology 311.
(photo credit: Steve Marcus/Reuters)
Newswise — Retinal Prostheses: Implantable chips will apply a grid of
photosensors to the optic nerve, giving blind people a form of
LED Lighting: Super-efficient, affordable bulbs based on the
Philips L Prize winner and other designs will replace incandescents and, in many
cases, compact fluorescent lamps.
Windows 8: Microsoft has so far been
sidelined by the industry-wide move to mobile platforms, such as smart phones
and tablets. This new operating system is the Redmond, Wash., company's last,
best hope to turn things around.
Chinese Supercomputers: For the first
time China is building world-class supercomputers based on home-grown processor
chips, and experts say this could be the beginning of that country's push into
the highest-tech regions of high tech.
3-D Printing: This idea, which
began as a tool for designers and evolved into a toy for hobbyists, is now
maturing into a new, one-off kind of fabrication, one that will find its way
into routine manufacturing as well as the production of spare
Plug-ins Proliferate: This will be the year in which plug-in
gas-electric hybrid cars go from curiosity to mainstay, as the number of
manufacturers offering models rises and the market for their wares
EV Charging Stations: A fast-charging infrastructure, partly
based on super-powerful direct current, will begin to service pure-electric
vehicles, thus allaying drivers' "range anxiety."
3-D Chips: A long-anticipated
foray into the third dimension will turn flat chips into thick cubes, increasing
the density of elements in integrated circuits in an entirely new way and thus
giving Moore's Law a new lease on life.
Extreme UV Lithography: This is
the year of decision for an expensive chip-fabrication technology that uses
hard-to-handle extreme ultraviolet light to draw finer-than-ever features on
silicon chips. Whether EUV lithography succeeds or fails, the result will be of
critical importance to the industry.
Private Spacecraft: Millionaires are
doing what government cannot--they are creating companies that will take people
and cargo into space at a fraction of the cost of NASA
Exoskeletons for Paraplegics: People who have suffered from
spinal-cord injuries will for the first time strap themselves into robotic
exoskeletons. Initially, these machines will help rehabilitate patients; later,
the exoskeletons will take them where their own legs cannot.
Smart phones and other mobile platforms will carry real-time video and do other
network duties with a zip never before seen, thanks to this new and very
capacious wireless standard.
Grid-level Batteries: As the electric power
distribution system--the grid--comes to depend on variable sources of energy,
such as the wind and the sun, it will increasingly smooth out the power by using
enormous battery stations.
Another Earth: New telescopes and
instrumentation will guide astronomers to hundreds of planets orbiting foreign
stars and will reveal candidate planets of a size, composition, and temperature
suitable for life as we know it.
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