There are two ways to be an inventor. You can create something that no one has ever seen before, or you can take something that already exists and make it better. These five everyday gadgets of the future take the latter approach, and show us how things as simple as waking up in the morning or typing away at your keyboard are constantly being redesigned for the future, which may just be a tomorrow away.
The iMirror is a combination of your typical bathroom mirror and your tablet. No longer will you have to brush your teeth while looking in the mirror, and check Facebook on your tablet. What an inconvenience! The iMirror makes life just a little bit easier by letting you do both at the same time. Since the iMirror will be open source, some of the best apps and possibilities probably haven’t even been invented yet. If you want to be an early adopter, head to Kickstarter and throw down a cool $2,749 CAD to be first on the delivery list.
Industrial Designer Mugi Yamamoto brings us the Stack Printer. This printer is a lot smaller than most printers, and is easily transportable. Instead of using a paper tray, the Stack Printer simply sits atop a stack of paper. Sheets are sucked up from the stack, and get spit out as printed documents on top. Stack is only 2″ tall, and is a minimalist design that counters some of the over-engineered designs of our time.
Novalia is a company that focuses on adding electronic features to everyday items. The company developed a process to add electronic components to plastic and paper, and this paper keyboard is just one example of that process being put to use. The paper keyboard uses conductive ink and no metallic wires to create a matrix of touch capacitive sensors. Another sheet of paper with a QWERTY keyboard is placed over that. The paper keyboard then uses wireless technology to communicate with your computer or smartphone.
Source: Tech of the Future
This is the Sony DPT-S1 Digital Paper. It is super thin — about the thickness of 30 sheets of paper — and extremely lightweight. This everyday item of the future let’s you write on and annotate documents in full size. As of right now it only supports PDF format files, and it also costs more than $1,000, but tomorrow this could be what you use to read all of your textbooks and newspapers.
Source: The Awesomer
The sound of an alarm clock could possibly be one of the most hated sounds in the world. Ian Walton of embryo wanted to take a more subtle approach to waking up in the morning. The glo pillow uses a cutting-edge LED fabric substrate to gradually wake you up in the morning over a 40 minute period. It’s like your own personal sunrise every morning. The pillow has a time display built into it and a control panel on the side. Right now, the glo pillow is just a concept, but that’s how all great new products start out.