Over the years we have been fed stories of what people think the future is going to be like. But what if those stories are now no longer needed? What if we are finally entering an age where all of the stories of high-tech gadgets which we always thought were unattainable, are finally becoming a reality?
A couple of days ago I read a story about a woman who had been fitted with the most life-like prosthetic hands ever made. The prosthetic hand was developed by a company called ‘Steeper’ and is unrivaled by competitors in its ability to perform everyday tasks. The woman in question, Nicky Ashwell had this to say, “When I first tried the bebionic small hand it was an exciting and strange feeling; it immediately opened up so many more possibilities for me. I keep finding myself being surprised by the little things, like being able to carry my purse while holding my boyfriend’s hand. I’ve also been able to do things never before possible like riding a bike and lifting weights.” Bionic hands have always seemed a little far-fetched, but with this new technology pushing its way to the forefront of prosthetic innovation, I think we can safely say the future for anyone born without limbs or anyone unfortunate enough to have to have a limb amputated, is a bright one.
Ever wanted to buy a bottle of water by simply tapping your hand on a pad? Maybe swiping and inputting four digits to unlock phone is just too much work. Or do you just with that opening doors could be that little bit less strenuous? Well the tech is here, and it’s looking good. A 15 year old lad has injected a small microchip in his hand which allows him to unlock his phone (check), open doors (check), and hand out electronic business cards (bit boring, but check). It might have a little way to go, but come on, how cool is this!? Bryon Wake completed the procedure- which consisted of a small kit purchased from an American website (where else?) by Wake in his bedroom, while his parent were none-the-wiser downstairs.
Now can you imagine having both the badass bionic hand AND the super cool microchip, all rolled in to one super arm! That would be pretty cool, I think.
My last one is something that will forever baffle me and that I, for as long as walk this good Earth, will never understand. It’s the 3D Printer. These things came out some time ago now but even now the whole idea of printing something in 3 Dimensions is completely alien to me.
I can’t pretend to understand how this thing works but look at it, it looks as though it has literally come straight from a sci-fi movie. And what’s more, it has a unique five colour cartridge system, which basically means it is able to blend shades to get you the perfect colour you’re looking for. Quite beautiful, I think. That is until the US government decides that miniature statues of Bugs Bunny aren’t quite enough and begin developing one which churns out only weapons of mass destruction.
You see, we are constantly trying to put ourselves down, saying that ‘maybe one day we’ll get to the future’. But if we always think like that, the future will never come, will it. What we need to start realising it that the future we think will always be a mystery, or a dream, is very much within our grasp. In fact, we have already made some tremendous strides in the way of innovation to better our lives and move forward as a species, without constantly dwelling in the past.
The bionic hand shows what medical technology is doing, and how it truly is working to better the lives of more unfortunate people; the lad who has micro-chipped his hand to unlock his phone is straight out of a sci-fi film and is innovation beyond words when it comes to easier (lazier) personal living and keep your eyes peeled wide open for the 3D Printer to take off because who knows, in this current climate and in a world full of trouble and unsettling human ambiguity, you might even be printing your dinner on one of those things in a few (hopefully very long) years time.
Until next time,