Below are three up and coming technologies to watch.
1- Making Everyday Purchases With Your Face
As the release of iPhone X striked the tech market at late 2017, we were all taken by a huge surprise by the new face recognition mode. Unlike any other device, the iPhone X’s new Face ID technology unlocks the phone by using visible light scans and infrared technology to uniquely recognize your face. According to Apple, it’s new technology can work in a variety of different conditions, even in the dark. Not only is this new technology reliable, it is also extremely secure and safe to use.
Even before Apple’s new FaceID technology, a few companies in China, such as Baidu and Face++ are on the edge of revolutionary facial identification software. According to Baidu, this new technology can work simply by analyzing your face and corresponding it to a database of photos from social media, such as Twitter or Instagram.
Some everyday uses of this new facial recognition software includes the ability to make purchases with one’s face. Instead of using a credit card, which can be stolen, customers can begin making purchases with a simple smile. Even Apple is considering to allow users to transaction payments under Apple Pay.
2- Self-Driving Trucks
Right now, you can head over to a local Tesla dealership and purchase a new 2018 Tesla Model S P100D. With a simple push of a button on the dashboard, drivers can sit back and watch the car take over steering to stay within a lane, slow itself down during rush-hour traffic and accelerate when required. Even with an assisted braking system and adaptive cruise control, Tesla drivers must be in the seat and frequently touch the steering wheel. However, almost all locomotive manufacturers are testing to construct a fully autonomous vehicle. For example, GM is starting production on autonomous test cars at a Michigan assembly plant right now. Meanwhile, Tesla argued that it will have a car drive itself from Los Angeles to New York City by year’s end.
Not only are car companies starting production on autonomous test cars, truck manufacturers are also testing out to create self-driving trucks for easier and cheaper means of transportation for commercial purposes. Major trucking companies such as Ryder and Embark are working together to fund a fully autonomous self-driving truck. So far, autonomous trucks built and operated by the startup Embark have been hauling Frigidaire refrigerators 650 miles along the I-10 freeway, from a warehouse in El Paso, Texas, to a distribution center in Palm Springs, California.
3- “Super” Maglev Train
The first steam locomotive railway known as Penydarren or "Pen-y-Darren" locomotive was built by Richard Trevithick in 1804, which was used to haul iron from Merthyr Tydfil to Abercynon, Wales. Since the steam engine, locomotive has seen a drastic change in aspects of safety and efficiency. We have all been in a train, whether it is commuting to work or visiting friends and family.
In today’s hustle and bustling world, locomotive trains have been placed in the center of means of transportation from one place to another.
The current fastest passenger-carrying maglev train can travel at up to 268 mph (431 km/h) and once reached 311 mph (501 km/h) in pre-launch tests. The Shanghai Maglev Train opened in April 2004 and runs 18.95 miles (30.5 km) from the center of the Pudong district of Shanghai to Shanghai Pudong International Airport.
Scientists at Southwest Jiaotong University in China have reportedly built a maglev train that could reach 1,800 mph (2,900 km/h). According to The Daily Mail, a vacuum is used to minimize air resistance. Project lead Dr Deng Zigang claims it could be used for military or space launch systems.
Maglev trains use electromagnets to lift the train off a track and to provide propulsion. By removing the need for contact with a surface via wheels, friction is substantially reduced and speed can be increased. They are also smoother to ride than surface-supported alternatives and are less affected by the weather.
If “Super” Maglev Trains really do succeed in Asia and Europe, travel times between cities will drastically decrease. For instance, the travel time between Moscow and Paris will decrease to one hour, rather than three days.