This Is Your Future
Telekinesis. Invisibility. Cables to space. Physicist Michio Kaku looks at what we can expect this century in his new book Physics of the Future.
Don't look now, but a group of scientists expects to be able to make objects disappear into thin air within this century. Susumu Tachi of Keio University in Japan and others are developing invisibility goggles, invisibility cloaks, and other such magical items that now exist only for Harry Potter and his pals at Hogwarts. Tachi's special goggles merge images from two separate cameras trained on a single scene, similar to the way a "green screen" works in film. He sees myriad extensions for this technology, including making the invisible visible: 360-degree goggles for pilots and drivers to eliminate blind spots, and goggles that use satellite and infrared images to allow a wearer to see beneath the surface of the earth.
Internet Contact Lens
Go online with the blink of an eye. This is the vision of Babak A. Parviz and his group at the University of Washington in Seattle, who are laying the groundwork for the first Internet-accessible contact lens. Parviz foresees the day when we'll be able to download any movie, song, website, or piece of information, and watch it on a tiny LCD display right on the eye's surface. The technology, now in its earliest stages, calls for the addition of a microlens that focuses pixels of light directly onto the retina. The final image would appear to float in front of your nose.
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