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August 15th, 2013

It is a truism of long standing that any sufficiently advanced technology will appear to be magic until it is explained. (Some people, of course, insist upon calling things magic even after they have been explained.) Here are three examples of technologies that were only imaginable just 10 or so years ago: one is just breaking into the market now, one is a near-term project (2-5 years), and the last is mid-term (a decade or two). Considering it’s taken just a decade and a half to get from the pokey performance of the first iMac to the stupefyingly speedy tech you get when you rent iMac computers today, who knows what the future might hold?

Today’s Magic on Display

Celluon Magic CubeUsing no harmful spells or incantations, opting instead for a proprietary mashup of motion detectors and laser projectors, the Celluon Magic Cube creates (from photons, for Pete’s sake!) a perfectly workable keyboard/touchpad right in front of you—as long as there’s a large enough flat surface. A Bluetooth device, the Cube will “pair” with your Android tablet or smartphone, or any computer rental from Alaska to Zimbabwe, and work for a solid two hours wirelessly. You can recharge the Magic Cube, as well as connect it to a Mac or PC via the USB port.

Right Around the Corner

Dr. Silvestro Micera’s bionic hand, the second version of which is being tested at Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, is a medical innovation that could prove a dramatic bionic handlife-changer for amputees within a few years. (A finished working model should be ready for clinical trials by 2015.) Next-generation prosthetics will enable amputees to feel—the bionic hand, for example, will “interface” with the nervous system through electrodes in the arm’s two major nerves. While the first bionic hand had two “sensory zones,” the new one has them on all fingertips, the palms, and wrists. This “near life-like feeling” will allow movements delicate and precise enough to use an LCD touchscreen monitor rental or an iPad, providing the first real-time sensory signal feedback in any prosthetic device.

Within a Generation…? Sooner?

Different alternative energy ideas are being floated all the time. Among them are some dramatically different ones, like virus power. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are producing electricity from viruses, presaging the day when you may be able to recharge iPad rentals by sneezing at them. Working with a modified bacteriophage energy generationvirus known as M13 (harmless to people), the DOE researchers discovered that they could create a piezoelectric effect by applying an electric field to a film of M13. After additional genetic modification they stacked M13-coated film pieces together, with gold-plated electrodes running through them, and produced enough electricity to display the numeral “1” on an LCD. The genie is out of the bottle. This could get very interesting, perhaps sooner than later.

You can always count on us to keep you posted on the latest trends and newest technologies—just like you count on us for render farms to get that project out the door, and trade show convention rentals to draw those expo floor passers-by into your booth. Call (877) 266-7725, send us a message, or use the Quick Rental Quote form to get what you need ASAP.

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