3D Printed Contact Lens Material Reveals Future Of Sight

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What will the future of sight look like? Obviously that’s a strange question, given that our current perceptions of sight are severely confined due to our biological limitations. But try thinking out of the box: will we perceive colors that we currently cannot fathom, similar to the mantis shrimp, or will we see x-rays as pleaded by Battlestar Galactica‘s John Cavil?

All of that sounds amazing, but for one research team at Princeton University, the future of sight involves tiny LEDs!
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MULTI Will Change the Way We Think of Elevators Forever

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Whether you’re a Trekkie like me or a fan of the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, there is one thing which brings us together: our absolute fascination of their elevator systems! These elevators weren’t your normal elevator, going up and down by cable, but were capable of going horizontal as well. For Willy Wonka, they could even fly, but for now let’s stick with Star Trek‘s elevators.

For German multinational conglomerate corporation ThyssenKrupp, the elevator which goes both vertical and horizontal wasn’t simply a Trekkie’s dream, but a business opportunity that can be achieved via modern science and technology. As a result, came the development of MULTI!

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Techno-Telekinetic Connection Between Artist and Water

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“Wearing a futuristic headset embeded with electroencephalography (EEG) sensors, Park moniters her own brain activity during meditation and transposes this energy onto dishes of water to reveal zen-like vibrations.” – The Creators Project

Like a scene from The Matrix, Korean American artist Lisa Park successfully demonstrated the ability to manipulate water via the mind. Using the NeuroSky EEG headset, Park’s eye movements, alongside the delta, theta, alpha, and beta waves of her brain, were measured and then translated into sound waves. As a result, the speakers connected to dishes of water would create different vibrations, and thus different patterns, representing the data of each different set of emotions expressed – a techno-telekinetic connection between artist and water.

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Kinematics Dress: A Turning Point For 3D Printed Clothing

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Here on Serious Wonder we’ve taken a keen interest in 3D printing – in particular, 3D printed clothing. It changed the way we looked at dresses and how they were designed. In fact, it changed our understanding as to what could be designed! The style, the creativity, it all had that feeling of coming off an epic fantasy film set. The only problem was that 3D printed clothing were, at the time, both expensive and stiff.

Thanks to generative design studio Nervous System, all that is about to change with their newly designed Kinematics Dress!

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New Artificial Skin Is the Future of Prosthetics

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Prosthetic limbs have been the talk of the year lately, with the growing advancements and possibilities they provide. From low-cost 3D-printed prosthetics to robotic ones that are controlled via the mind, the implications to such a technology are practically limitless. Lately, however, the biggest hurdle prosthetic industries have been trying to tackle is the ability to provide a realistic sense of touch – for both the wearer and whomever they’re in contact with.

Thanks to researchers at the Seoul National University, Republic of Korea, a new artificial skin has been developed which will not only help the wearer have a greater sense of touch, but also provide a realistic human skin texture for everyone else.

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Memory 2.0: Short Film Explores Memory Enhancing VR

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What is a memory? For some, these dreamlike reveries are as fragile as fine china. Musician Bob Dylan once warned to, “Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them.” To others, however, like Corrie ten Boom (infamous for her role in helping Jews escape the holocaust), “Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future.”

For the short film Memory 2.0, both viewpoints are in a collision course as it explores one man’s hopes of retrieving a lost memory via the use of advanced virtual reality.

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Echo: The Physical Manifestation of Sound via Architecture

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Memories are such a delicate facet of humanity. They echo of times before that have long since passed, though distorted in many ways each time you think back, trying to conjure singular moments of time. Unfortunately it’s equivalent to locating a single droplet of water in a vast ocean. Not only are you trying to remember the visuals of that memory, but you’re also attempting to remember how it sounds.

Thanks to architecture and design company Orproject, however, just as visual memories are captured with pictures, Project Echo has created soundscapes which capture those memories as well.

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The Digital Love Industry: A Future of Sex With Robots & VR (NSFW)

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Like all life on Earth, the human species had evolved to become who they are today via natural selection. Alongside it there was a byproduct as well: sexual selection. Not only was sex crucial in the survival of our species, but the act of sex had evolved over time to fit the conditions of the modern day. We are no longer at the brink of death, thus sex is no longer a tool for our survival, rather a mere pleasure of entertainment.

It is then safe to assume that, as our species continues evolving – whether it be biologically or technologically – the act of sex will evolve in parallel. In fact, as we are witnessing the exponential growth of technologies, from virtual reality to physical reality, we are also witnessing the future of sex – a digital love industry! As more and more humans become cyborgs, as robots and A.I. become superintelligent, and as the virtual world continues breeding virtual people, a new market is arising with sex at the forefront.

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Cicret: Augmented Reality Meets Wearable Computing

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Sometimes one of the biggest hassles of becoming a technological society is having to keep up with each piece of technology you own. Whether it be your cell phone, your tablet, laptop, and so on, there’s just so much with so little room to carry it all at once, let alone keep track of. Thanks to French company Cicret, however, their new smart bracelet could very well alleviate your worries.

Serious Wonder has tried reaching out to the company, in the hopes of attaining more details about their Cicret bracelet, but have received no response as of yet. Even then, despite whatever skepticism one may have of their product, the idea behind it couldn’t come at a better time. With the advent of devices such as Google Glass, the Apple Watch, and so on, it’s clear that wearable computing acquires a popular, large market today, in which, if developed, Cicret will certainly succeed as a result.

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Business Leaders Look to Biohackers For Advice of the Future

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The world is changing in more ways than one. As technology continues to exponentially grow, businesses are left to make a decision: either ride on the exponential wave and thrive, or ignore the current of change and die. Understanding this, business leaders, CEOs, and entrepreneurs are starting to open their doors to those who were originally deemed the “crazies,” the “dreamers,” or some other negative connotation. One group in particular, however, are now beginning to make their way into mainstream lights that’ll change the future of humanity forever, and they are Biohackers.

“How would I feel about having tech inserted inside my body? In all honesty, I think biohacking, the cyborg human, is an eventuality that will materialize when the value proposition gets high enough.” – Peter H. Diamandis, “Why I Implanted an RFID Tag in My Hand

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