Recent Advancements in Technology – 6 December, 2016

December 6, 2016 | Usman

Technology is a fickle thing. People can go on for hours debating whether it is making a positive impact on our lives, or a negative one. But one thing is for certain. It is ever changing. They are new advancements made every day, and we are here to highlight the ones we think will have a great impact on a society as a whole. Here are the top five recent advancements in science and technology.

1. Spill Free Eating

Not only is the use of spoons, forks and knives a social norm, it can also be necessary for certain types of food. These utensils have been in use for centuries, yet there are certain times, or conditions, under which it becomes difficult for people to use them. This is particularly true for people suffering from Essential Tremors, Parkinson’s disease, or any other similar motion disorders. It can be difficult for them to carry out normal day to day activities like eating food on their own, but with Liftware’s latest robotic spoon, called Level, this isn’t a problem anymore.

The Level uses motion tracking technology and two tiny motors to make sure that the bowl of the spoon always stays upright, making it impossible to spill anything. The spoon can also be swapped for a fork or a knife, as per requirements, and can be turned horizontally, vertically or even upside down, without any fear of spilling your food.

2. Facial Recognition for Strangers

Have you ever met somebody at a party or social event, that seemed familiar, but no matter what you do, you cannot remember their name or anything else about them? This is a phenomenon that affects people all around the world, and now, a London based firm called Blippar, seem to have found a solution to this problem.

They have introduced a new feature to their app, which will allow users to identify other people by taking their picture or video, and uploading it to facial recognition software. The software will analyze the results and will provide the user with all the relevant information they need for every individual, which includes their name, social media profiles and even their shared interests etc.

3. Programmable Cells

The human body is an incredible machine. It is perhaps the greatest machine ever made, with countless parts working in tandem to keep us functioning, and safe from external threats. One of our main defenses is known as the T-Cell, which is programmed to attack any foreign organism it detects in the host body. Cellectis, a biotechnology company, came up with a way to modify these cells to attack particular diseases and cancers.

They came up with a state of the art gene-editing method, which they dubbed TALENs, that could essentially allow them to reprogram a T Cell to do their bidding. They could modify them to attack specific cancer cells, and also allowed them to use the T-Cells from one body in another. This technology presents a breakthrough in medicine and is set to completely revolutionize cancer treatment for years to come.


4. Self-Moving Chess Board

Chess is one of the most popular board games in the world, and has been for centuries. Whether you are a king or a little kid in school, the game has always held a certain fascination for people of all ages. This has led to countless evenings spent with your friends or loved ones, playing one intense game after the other. But what if they aren’t there? You can’t play the game alone. Or can you?

InfiVention Technologies (IVT) recently presented the ‘Square Off”, the first smart chessboard in history. Now it’s entirely possible for you to play chess on an actual wooden chessboard, against anyone you like. Using a series of motors and magnets, IVT have created a chessboard which can be controlled using an app. The pieces can be moved remotely and reminds one of the self-moving chessboards in the popular Harry Potter movies.

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