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Monday, December 10, 2012

DVICE App For Your Tablet Offers Vista of Future Wonders

I picked up the SyFy app DVICE (I don't know how to get the dot over the i facing downward so I won't even try) and discovered the stories I used to enjoy that were once the staple of Popular Mechanics magazine and Omni for those who remember that one. These were (and with PM may still be, I haven't checked) the stories of wonders to come from high technology just around the corner.

Recent fantastical readings include augmented reality windows for trains (trains?), wave-powered robot sailing 9,000 miles (that one happened, but what does it lead to), contact lens texting (isn't regular texting distracting enough?), round green colorful microwaves of tomorrow, brain pacemakers for Altzheimer's sufferers (hope that one comes true, see previous post), Dad builds quadricopter to follow son to bus stop (is this the future of helicopter parenting), North Korean archaeologists discover "unicorn lair," burger making robot may replace high school students, and on and on. It's a joy to delve into these always short and straight to the point articles and relive the wonders of childhood found in the aforementioned magazines. I would think this would provide lots of blog fodder for writers challenged with what to say that day.

Then again, the news is getting weirder each day as well. NASA may send teams of astronauts and robots to explore planets together, the astronauts orbiting one hundred miles above the planet (landings of people are very expensive) while tele-operating their more durable and cheaper robot avatars below. NASA plans next Curiosity style robot (built largely from spare parts) to be a often dreamed of but never done sample return mission to Mars. Astronomers feel other solar systems may be more compatible to live based on which radio active element they have in their planets and in what quantities (certain elements in quantity can keep a planet warmer farther from a sun ... and we now believe the universe to be absolutely chock full of planets. And the list goes on and on.

So, get yourself a DVICE app and tour the future that might never be but should be, all bright and glittery and very very sci-fi (or should I say Syfy).

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