Step into the Future
The gap between discovery and delivery is rapidly closing. Earlier, it could take a lifetime to develop an idea into a functional prototype. Nowadays, however, thanks to innovations like 3D printers and real-time computer simulations, experiments and designs can be completed within weeks or even hours! The future is now. After all, there is nothing as powerful as an idea whose time has come.
Scientists are researching the concept of “everyware”: smart and energy-efficient microprocessors embedded in everyday objects, from contact lenses to clothing, kitchen appliances to soda cans! They will be present everywhere, constantly transmitting information, without being visible.
The trend of 3D-printed machinery parts, shoes and medical devices has taken the world by storm. The German company Biozoon has taken it to the next level: 3D-printable powder mixtures that solidify when printed but quickly melt when eaten. This could be a game changer for the elderly, as it reduces the risk of choking.
Quenching the world’s thirst with saltwater? Though it may sound paradoxical, it could soon become a reality. Large-scale concentrating solar powered (CSP) desalination plants will convert salty ocean water into drinkable water. Experts expect a breakthrough in 2030, which could change the way the world population hydrates.