Future Innovations

Future innovations arise from discoveries in STEM. Take a look at four key innovations that may be technological game-changers in the near future.

Welcome to the virtual world

According to a report from IDC Research, 80% of smartphone users check their phones within 15 minutes of waking, even before brushing their teeth. Individuals in today's society consume the news and information through smartphones, tablets and computers. These devices are all confined by screen size, so researchers are testing the possibility of turning an entire room into a monitor. The news would play virtually on a kitchen table while your inbox displayed on your fridge as you are getting ready for work. When you are done, you swipe everything away.

The body electric

Imagine if you could charge your cell phone with body heat or by walking? Eighty percent of a body's energy is released as excess heat. Scientists have started advancements in capturing and converting body heat into electricity capable of powering devices. They have announced breakthroughs with nano-wire converters that could let people use their body heat or movement to charge electrical devices.

Grocery shopping made easier

Still in beta testing, a shopping cart could revolutionize trips to the grocery store and eliminate the headache of searching endlessly through aisles for items. To start, you send a text to the cart's built-in tablet computer. The computer then identifies the items and points you to the areas in the store where they are located. Items that you add to the cart can be scanned automatically, eliminating the entire checkout process.

Chemputer may transform medical care

Just as a 3D printer is able to produce a 3D model from materials and parts, a "chemputer" would do so on the molecular level by printing pharmaceuticals and the building blocks of most drugs and agents. The chemputer would use the mixture of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen to print drugs and medication needed at that point in time. For example, diabetics could print their own insulin at home. A chemputer would revolutionize the medical and pharmaceutical industry.