These days, before a new type of smartphone, car, computer or any other invention is released to retail stores, is usually presented in a tech convention a few years prior. However, creating commercially available versions of those inventions might take a lot of time to put into commercial production, and we’ve decided to tackle this subject today. Learn more about new technology, and its rapid rate of development!
Many of you might not know this, but the technological feature of a device recognizing a person’s face was conceptualized in 1960. Albeit semi-automated, the first face ID programs were given the task of looking for a person’s more distinctive features – eyes, nose, ears, and mouth. In 1991, an important discovery in the face ID principles was made, that allowed moving forward with the next stage of creating a working prototype – recognition in real time.Many years, after numerous breakthroughs in this technology, the Face Recognition Grand Challenge was announced, due to the fact that many developers had their own unique technological approach. In 2006, the newest algorithms were chosen as being the winning ones, and after the technology was available for re-designing, the first smartphone with facial recognition hit the market shelves in 2011 – the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. From idea to reality, in 51 years.
While some would say that this is quite achievable with trains, trams, and any kind of means of transportation that have a laid-out track in front of them, we are talking about self-driving cars and trucks. There is a reason why we included this technology after our paragraph about face ID; although different, the technologies are very similar in one simple regard – recognition. There are numerous systems implemented in the first self-driving prototypes that allow the vehicle to recognize the road itself, signs, other cars, and many other elements. You would have guessed by now, that a vehicle such as this is filled with hardware such as high-resolution cameras, GPS positioning, sonar radar, laser guidance, to name a few. While remote-controlled cars go as early as the 1920’s, the first A.I. autonomous vehicle was introduced by Tesla in 2014. This technological leap took 94 years.
At this point, there probably isn’t an Internet user who hasn’t seen an ad for a commercially available 3D printer. Creating three-dimensional items has been quite the dream-come-true for many engineers as well as artists, and since the first 3D printing technology was conceptualized in 1980, things have come a long way. But while it is interesting that in 31 years we saw commercial realization, what is more, interesting is the evolution of this technology. Today, there are 3D printers that can create items with metals! Going down further in the rabbit’s hole, we also see industrial-sized 3D printers that make houses. That’s right – things are becoming even more interesting when we actually see that special medical 3D printers are used to print out artificial tissue and organs. This type of technology has definitely come a long way and will continue to push well beyond its limits.
A few videos by a company called Boston Dynamics have circulated online for quite a few times and when the company itself attends any Technological Expo Event, it always sees full attendance. What is unique about the robots made by this company is the fact that they have the most successfully implemented self-balancing systems; they can walk, crouch, jump over obstacles, lift things up, and get up when pushed down on the ground – all by themselves! Ever since the concept of a “robot” was coined by a Czech writer in 1921, 88 years had to pass before we could see a working prototype.
New types of Drone technology, new batteries, better LCD screens and displays, advanced solar power technology, technical evolution in agriculture... there is so much more that awaits humanity in the years to come. While the concepts of the technologies we’ve mentioned were more than 50 years old, it is our current technological status that allows newly envisioned concepts to be brought to life in less than a decade.
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