The World Of Sci-Fi, Examples Of New Tech That Could Actual Become Big Business

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As long as there’s compelling science fiction out there, we  can keep reaching for more and more elusive technology to integrate into our  daily lives.

We see bits and pieces of a sci-fi dreamscape already present in so much of  the everyday – just consider your smartphone as a single example.

So much of what it can do was either silly, impossible, or impractical ten or  twelve years ago. But now we expect to use our phones as flashlights, calendars,  and gaming devices, all kept secure by our own fingerprint.

Thankfully there’s still plenty of people drawing inspiration from the  fantastic, making science fiction into reality, then making that reality into a  business.

Here are some of the most impressively high tech concepts that we think will  successfully stand as businesses on their own.

The Myo lets you interact with your computer as if it’s  from ‘Minority Report’

The Myo lets you interact with your computer as if it's from 'Minority Report'


Myo is a gesture control armband that turns your real-world movements into  computer instructions. By monitoring electrical impulses in your arm, Myo lets  you navigate your Mac or PC computer with waves of your hand and the use of  gestures.

Price: $149

Holographic storage sounds like it’s right from the  future

Holographic storage sounds like it's right from the future


Conventional computer storage works bystoring bits as magnetic or optical  changes on a physical surface.

Holographic data storage turns this paradigm on its ear by recording  information throughout multiple layers of an object, even storing multiple data  sets by recording with lights set at different angles.

GE has demonstrated some practical applications of holographic storage, storing  500 GB of data on a Bluray disc

Google Glass gives you Terminator-enhanced vision

Google Glass gives you Terminator-enhanced vision


It’s like something out of Star Trek – a computer that sits on your face and  overlays useful tidbits of data into your field of vision as you ask for them.  It was released to developers in February and will be available to consumers at  large in 2014 for between $300 and  $500

Oculus Rift takes you to other worlds

Oculus Rift takes you to other worlds

The Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset that replaces your entire field  of vision. The most immediate and obvious applications here are for games. Who  wouldn’t want to quite literally step into and run around inside his or her  favorite game?

Price: $300

Google’s driverless car is on the way

Google's driverless car is on the way

Already street legal in a few states in America, Google’s driverless car  technology is an exciting premise that might soon make the roads as safe as they  can possibly be. The idea is that a computer can be far more precise than a  human, thus making accidents a thing of the past.

No word on when we can expect to see them for sale, but it’s on the  way.

Quantum computing

Quantum computing

Quantum computing uses the weird quirks of the super-small subatomic world to  run calculations that are far more complex than conventional computers could  handle reasonably. By harnessing small particles that can exist in multiple  places at once and move forwards and backwards in time, scientists can make huge  progress on tough problems.

Get this – one theory of how a quantum computer works is that it runs  calculations in other dimensions.

X-ray vision may come to your smartphone

X-ray vision may come to your smartphone

Terahertz radiation penetrates solids the same way that X-rays do, writes Mashable  Scientists have built a microchip that can send and receive these signals, which  means the formerly oversized machinery using terahertz radiation to see into  things can be shrunken down to fit inside your smartphone.

The Hyperloop is still only hypothetical, but it could  disrupt a huge business

The Hyperloop is still only hypothetical, but it could disrupt a huge business


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