A Few Exciting Yet Unheard of Innovations for 2018
As the year of 2017 was officially closed, we look forward to the exciting possibilities of 2018. Every year brings forth new and innovative designs for personal use or businesses, from virtual reality to futuristic cars to completely automated homes. The past 100 years have seen an acceleration in inventions, and we expect the next 100 years to advance even more quickly. Here are some of the exciting new and/or improved innovations you can expect to see in 2018.
There are a lot of technologies and apps to help us become a healthier and better self. CNN reports that in 2018, the Japanese company, Sharp, will release a Bluetooth hands-free device that measures the number of times you chew. It is hung from your ear and “can determine a user’s bite speed, number of bites per minute and type of bite using a waveform detected on the back of the ear.” They will even link it to an app on your smartphone and show you what animal you chew like the most — perhaps to encourage you to improve your bite speed so you can “improve your chewing habits.” It is true that eating too quickly or not chewing your food into small enough pieces can upset some stomachs, so perhaps this bite scan is more necessary than it first appears.
Voice-Enabled Speakers for Your Home
A vast majority of innovative technologies are to make your home life as easy as possible. This is certainly true of the quickly growing arena of voice-enabled speakers. The Motley Fool tells us that the three biggest competitors in this arena are Amazon, Google and Apple. Next year, all three companies will be releasing even more technologies. Amazon has “seven Alexa-powered devices, and they can do everything from help you with your clothing style to make video calls to call an Uber,” and they range from $50 to $230. But Google is not far behind and is releasing two new home speakers: the Google Home Mini and Google Home Max. Their prices vary from $49 to $399. Finally, Apple is just entering the market with the HomePod which ships this month but will probably gain popularity in 2018. It will be interesting to see who wins this technology fight in the coming years, although the real winner is the consumer.
With the increase of connected cars, meaning cars that have built-in GPS, self-driving features, remote entry, keyless locks and starters, etc., there is also an increase in car-hacking. This is a very large concern for anyone who drives these newer cars and Argus Cybersecurity is there to help. According to Inc., in 2018, they will be the go-to company if you want to protect your vehicle from hacks and break-ins. They are innovators in cybersecurity technology and keep up to date on all the newest breakthroughs to protect your vehicles from harm.
If you have seen Star Wars, you’ll recognize the similarities between Aerofex’s Aero-X and the flying vehicles in George Lucas’ famous alien universe. HongKiat says that it is “powered by a water-cooled, 240-horsepower engine and two large rotors, the Aero-Xcan hover at an altitude of 12 feet and at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour power.” It is actually available today for $85,000, but one would hope that as it becomes more popular in 2018, it will decrease in price to something that almost any family could own.
If you have children and feel like you need help, look no further than Panasonic’s Cocotto robot. CNN tells us that Cocotto “can tell sleepy children to go to bed, download songs from the cloud to sing to little ones and help a child’s educational development.” The parent can even instruct the robot so it knows exactly what you want it to do to help your child.