I love a list, and for this one, I’m counting down our favourite concept future tech devices out there at the moment. They may or may not become a reality but the ideas behind them are so, so cool, they are something I would definitely love to see in my life sometime soon!

1. Glide Toaster

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Now, this is something I would love to have in my kitchen. It looks sleek and looks like nothing I’ve ever seen before. New concepts in toasting aren’t something you come across very often unless it’s a clip in a sci-fi film and while it’s not quite as slimline as a toasting/slicing knife, it’ll do in the meantime.

 

 

2. Scewo All Terrain Wheelchair

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Legal requirements make most buildings and attractions more accessible than ever, which is great! However, it’s still a challenge for a lot of wheelchair users to get around everywhere they want to go easily. There are some really cool concepts and prototypes out there, and this one caught our eye. Currently only available for test-drives in Switzerland, and with a hefty price tag, this is hardly going to be something we’ll be seeing on the streets anytime soon but hopefully, this kind of thing will become more popular and mass manufacturing will bring the price down to something more reasonable in the future.

 

 

3. Facial recognition in public

Minority Report came out back in 2002 and there was a lot of very cool future tech in it, including the holographic displays and jet packs (both things that are being worked on as I type by the way). One thing that really stuck though was the facial/retina recognition in public spaces, tailoring advertising to specific people. With facial recognition now standard on most new phones, and working pretty well, China is reportedly experimenting with using it to pay for train fares and some food items from vending machines. Is this something that we’ll be seeing in our near future? We can now make payments using smartphones and watches, this will take us one step further.

 

 

4. Bionic Contact Lenses

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At the moment, the closest thing we really have to this in the mass market are contact lenses that make it look like you have bionic implants. But how cool would it really be to have smart vision! Not only could you take amazing images, check messages, etc. The Google glasses were a step closer to this, but they were expensive, clunky and never really caught on. Corrective contact lenses are already so mainstream that they hardly cause comment anymore and as processors become more streamline and cost-effective to produce this could be something we will all be looking through in the near future.

For now, I hope you enjoy this little clip from a 2010 episode of Futurama.

 

 

5. Self-driving cars

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I’ve mentioned before about self-driving cars and while the thought of being driven in one is quite scary, it could also be quite cool. Driverless cars have theoretically proven that they can cut down on traffic collisions when human responses are eliminated. Also, just think about how nice it would be for the car to take over so you could finish up your makeup in the morning, or finish homework, or even have a little nap. There is a darker side to be aware of though. How safe would it actually be to let go of the wheel and let the machine take over? Although not exactly driverless, computerised cars being hacked have been used as plot devices in murder-mysteries for some time now and how susceptible would this new technology be to hackers? What do you think? Would you trust yourself and your family to a driverless car?

 

 

6. ZERO Personal helicopter

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Ok, with my fear of heights, this one wouldn’t be good for me, but I’m sure there would be a market out there for your own personal helicopter. Small enough to land in a (fairly large sized) back garden and the design is sleek and neat. Growing up with promises of flying cars and hoverboards that actually hover (and we’re talking about the ones with wheels, they aren’t hoverboards!), something like this feels just a step closer to that future, with personal flying machines ready to take us to wherever we want to go.

 

 

7. Automatic Pothole Repair

Supposedly hailed as the saviour for Britain’s crumbling roads, this cool concept video shows how quickly and easily potholes could be fixed. No more waiting three months or more while your poor car gets damaged every time you accidentally go over the same hole at the end of your street. How refreshing would it be? Although it is admittedly huge, maybe a smaller version could be developed for the small country lanes so disruption could be kept to a minimum. Come on, scientists and engineers. Get on that, please!

 

 

8. Traffic busting bus

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So the Chinese are at it again with this concept tech aimed at reducing congestions on vehicle heavy streets. This future tech, vehicle straddling bus does look pretty cool and the idea is sound. They have even built a prototype. And while this may not have been the amazing success they were hoping for, apparently it turned out to be clunky and restricted in movement due to its dimensions and travel style, but I think it’s still a great idea and hopefully, it’ll become a reality soon for all those congested motorways.

 

 

9. Cicret Bracelet

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Finally, I come to the Cicret Bracelet. Supposedly the first ever futuristic bracelet that turns your skin into a tablet. Now, since this concept came out in 2014, asking for non-refundable donations through crowdfunding, this has been pretty much debunked as a money-making scam. However, the concept video is just so sweet, and it’s still being shared around on social media. It is something that I certainly would love to see become a real and useable product.

 

Any final thoughts?

Future tech always sounds amazing and sometimes the payoff isn’t exactly what you’d imagine, but sometimes the wait is definitely worth it. With facial recognition and wireless charging now available on new phones, the future we’ve been promised is just around the corner!

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