Technology is constantly evolving. Every day, electronic gadgets are becoming smaller, smarter and capable of performing tasks humans are incapable of. Believe it or not, scientists have already developed robots and artificial intelligent systems that are capable of making decisions, mimicking human emotions and learning our faults to better themselves. Today, we are only a few steps away from the creation of Cyborgs. From heartbeat mimicking rings to tiny robots that chase the sunlight, here are 10 cool tech gadgets you would love to have.
1. This self-watering planter helps anyone keep their plants alive.
The Click and Grow self-watering planter is equipped with a reservoir that stores a month’s worth of water with the gadget. The device also contains an LED lamp arm that provides plants, herbs and even vegetables with the sufficient amount of light. Apart from that, the kit comes with Smart Soil, which creates the perfect environment for plants to thrive. Inspired by NASA technology, Smart Soil keeps water distributed evenly inside the nanostructure. This means that the plant roots have access to water at all times. The Smart Soil also makes sure that plants have the perfect ph-level and get the optimal configuration of water, oxygen, and nutrients. (source)
2. A bike lock that sprays chemical compounds to deter thieves, once it detects that the lock is being compromised.
Every year, more than 1.5 million bicycles are stolen in the United States alone. In order to combat the problem and to deter thieves, a company came up with the Skunk Lock, a U-shaped steel bicycle lock with a pressurized “noxious chemical” inside. If the lock detects that someone is trying to tamper with it, it immediately releases the noxious gas, which according to the company, creates shortness of breath and even causes blurred vision. While it’s certainly unpleasant for the thief, experiments show that it is indeed effective in repelling them. According to the BBC, bike theft is so common in San Francisco that more than 11 bikes are stolen every day. Skunk Lock believes that their invention will significantly reduce the number. (source)
3. The “smart glass” with liquid-based lenses automatically adjusts to what the viewer is looking at, allowing people with different eye sight related issues to wear just one pair of glasses, instead of multiple.
A team of researchers from the University of Utah have created the “smart glasses”, with liquid-based lenses. “Most people who get reading glasses have to put them on and take them off all the time,” says Mastrangelo, who also is a professor for USTAR, the Utah Science Technology and Research economic development initiative. “You don’t have to do that anymore. You put these on, and it’s always clear”. The human eye has a lens inside which automatically corrects the field of vision, depending on what we are looking at. As we age, the ability of the lens is significantly reduced, which is why we have to wear reading glasses or bifocals to see objects up close and far away. The smart glass eliminates the need for multiple glasses since the liquid-based lenses are capable of detecting what the viewer is focusing on, and correcting the field of vision. (source)
4. A phone charger that not only charges your phone wirelessly, but also makes it float as the charging process takes place.
A company called OvRcharge came up with a device, that not only charges phones and iPad’s, but also makes them float as they are being charged. According to Apple Insider, the device uses electromagnetism to wirelessly charge phones, as well as “levitate” and rotate it in the air to signify completion of charge. In order to achieve the levitation and charging process, a special case is required. The company is also planning on extending the device’s abilities to charge other products and phones other than Apple. (source)
5. These rings let you feel the beats of your partner’s heart through vibrations and a blinking red light.
These days, it’s not that hard to stay connected with our loved ones. However, in order to show our love and affection at one step higher, a company called The Touch has come up with a set of rings. The rings allow couples to feel the heartbeats of their loved ones in realtime with the help of vibrations and an LED light. The smart rings are called HB, and are made from stainless steel. The rings also come with a Unibody sapphire crystal surface which means they’re virtually unscratchable. HB rings connect to your phones, and with the help of an app, it transmits heartbeats in real-time, no matter where your loved one is. (source)
6. A snoozeless rug alarm clock that won’t stop until you step on it with both feet.
Waking up every morning is the hardest part of the day, especially on Mondays. There however, is a special device that will help you get up in the morning. Ruggie is an alarm clock that is embedded into a mat. Designed by Winson Tam and a team of entrepreneurs based in Vancouver and Hong Kong, the pressure sensitive alarm clock does not turn off unless you stand up and place both your feet on the pads for at least three seconds. According to its creator, he invented Ruggie because of his own experience of “over snoozing”. (source)
7. The Kitty Hawk Flyer, a recreational and lightweight electric aircraft, allows anyone to become a pilot and fly anywhere they want.
Kitty Hawk is Google founder Larry Page’s secretive “flying car” project, which allows anyone to become a pilot with just an hour of training. The Flyer allows users to fly to their destinations faster and cheaper. The recreational and lightweight aircraft is fully electric and works like a drone, with the only difference being that you pilot from on top of it. The Flyer has 10 motor propellers that stabilize the aircraft automatically, which means that less effort is required by pilots to keep it in the air. Although the aircraft is fully electric, powered by a lithium polymer battery, it only lasts for about 20 minutes before it needs to be recharged. (source)
8. This tiny robot chases the sun during the day, ensuring that the plant on its head gets adequate light.
After seeing a withered sun flower at an exhibition, Sun Tianqi was determined to create a robot that would ensure the survival of plants. The tiny robot known as HEXA has a built-in camera with night vision, and is capable of finding the optimal place for the plant on its head to thrive. The onboard camera also works as a security sensor, alerting owners if it detects movements at night. The robot is also capable of learning, which means that users can upload commands to perform tasks. (source)
9. A sleep mask that has the ability to lessen the effects of jet lag and also wakes you up naturally, to correct your sleep cycle.
Dream light is a heavily padded sleep mask that wraps around the head and helps you doze off. The mask is specifically designed to spread out any pressure applied to the face, as well as block out sunlight. Apart from that, the mask also allows users to play ambient music, that will help them relax. In the morning, when it’s time to wake up, the mask activates its LED lights, and gradually wakes you up. This reduces the sudden jerky wake cycle you have with alarm clocks. (source)
10. The Long Distance Friendship Lamp lets your loved one know when you are thinking of them.
While texting and sending emails can be thrilling to our loved one hundreds or even thousands of miles away, it’s always nice to add a more personalized touch. The Long Distance Friendship Lamp connects to your WiFi network and when you touch your lamp, it will light up and also send the light to your loved one’s lamp. According to its creators, John Harrison & Vanessa Whalen, it’s a simple but meaningful way to check in, say hello, and keep relationships strong. (source)