Technology is changing our world so fast, it’s tough to keep up with the latest wizardry or gadgetry. In fact, some products are still to hit the market, but are already creating waves. Sites like Digital Trends and others, dedicated to cutting-edge technology, give us some idea of what’s coming to a store near you
This is truly revolutionary, a 3D pen, which allows you to ‘draw’ physical objects in the air! A prototype shows how it works. The pen extrudes a special thermoplastic that solidifies into a stable form within seconds of exiting the nozzle, thanks to a built-in fan. The thermoplastic is actually very fine lines of plastic, which allow the user to create three-dimensional objects in space. The main advantage of the doodler is that it cuts out the huge cost of a 3D printer. Slim, extremely light and used just like a pen-shaped spray gun, the product is likely to be available in late 2015 or early 2016.
Picture this, literally: you snap a selfie, clip on a slim dock on to your smartphone and before you can say Kodak, you print out the pictures you have just shot. What’s truly revolutionary about the Prynt Case is that it does not require ink to operate like normal printers. We have had Polaroids before, where you got a print of the photo almost immediately, but this is far more advanced and much better quality. The dock itself is slim and easy to carry around, and uses special paper to create the image, which comes out in less than 30 seconds. The actual product will take much longer: the company behind the printer is still looking for finance.
This is the era of wearable tech, but this goes one better. It is a heart rate monitor that you merely stick on to your body, much like a band-aid. The health tech firm Titling is behind this nifty device that accurately tracks your heart rate and much more. It’s a tiny strip, but with big output. Apart from recovery and resting rates, the device gathers other data, including steps taken, calories burned and skin temperature. This is also waterproof, so you can wear it for up to a week, including while bathing, before changing the strip or recharging it. The data is transmitted via Bluetooth 4.0 to a dedicated app, so all the information is stored and an alert sounds if there is any major fluctuation. Likely to hit the market in 2015.
The company called TAO-Wellness is developing the TAO Chair, which, apart from the funky design, is intended to make exercise more accessible for today’s busy executives once they get home. Crafted from aluminum, the arms provide various supports for exercising key areas of the body, the arms, core, thighs and butt, depending on the pressure you put. The chair allows a simple, no-frills workout while you watch TV, read or merely have a conversation. Basically, the TAO Chair gives a form of exercise that doesn’t require as much dedicated time and energy as going to the gym, running, etc.
The TAO Chair coaches you through exercises with the accompanying mobile app. A battery-powered digital display shows the calories burned.