10 technological breakthroughs of 2013

10 technological breakthroughs of 2013

2013 brought us many interesting and promising achievements in all areas of technology. Before you, in my opinion, the most interesting moments, ideas and products that we paid attention to over the past year.

1. Google Glass

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Like many things created by Google, Glass waited for a very unusual reception when glasses entered the market in February (limited to a lot). Like Google’s robots project, Glass embodies an attempt to boldly implement a sci-fi concept. The idea of ​​a computer that will always be with you is very ambitious, and a few iterations later, glasses can become very, very interesting. At the moment, this is just a grand technical feat in the embryo stage.

2. One World Trade Center

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When it comes to the exploits of engineering, one cannot do without records. However, 1 WTC is not only distinguished by its 541-meter height and the title of the tallest building in the western hemisphere. The World Trade Center 1 is also notable for its stability, construction from recycled materials, complete solar electric infrastructure, indoor lighting that dims on sunny days, cooling based on rainwater,steam heating and much more. The building will open in 2014.

3. Atlas: pedal-powered helicopter

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Competition for a helicopter on the pedal of the name of Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky was held since 1980 and all unsuccessfully. However, in June, the Canadian AeroVelo team took the prize, creating the Atlas, a pedal-based helicopter that held in the air for 64 seconds, gained three-meter height and fulfilled other competition criteria. In addition to winning the competition, this device became a miracle of engineering thought, and four other teams, unsuccessfully trying to cope with this difficult task for all 33 years, only confirm this. This is unlikely to change the world, but it can be noted.

4. The first computer based on carbon nanotubes

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In the world of electronics, carbon nanotubes are being studied in the hope of replacing silicon, which has already reached its limits of Moore's law and cannot become the basis for smaller circuits. Fortunately, carbon nanotubes, their size and the quality of semiconductors can allow it, with the result that we can see efficient and fast computers based on them. The task is very complicated, but a group of engineers from Stanford University recently created a core of a processor based on carbon nanotubes.The processor is still not impressive (you can compare it with Intel's 4004 from 1971), but it will take time, and future processors will make Core garbage.

5. Production in space

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3D printing has received too many honors this year. However, Made in Space went even further: 3D printing in space. The way many things are produced for space today faces great limitations. Launching one pound into space costs NASA $ 10,000. However, with the development of MIS, this can be circumvented, since individual parts, tools and spare parts can be produced directly on a 3D printer aboard the International Space Station. Made in Space set a good course for the future.

6. High Voltage Direct Current Super Networks

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The transfer of electricity from renewable sources to remote consumption centers has always been problematic in the past, but at the beginning of 2013 the development of supernetwork technology for transmitting high-voltage direct current reached a point where it is possible to transmit electricity to an incredible distance with incredible efficiency. A supernetwork can link distant cities, national grids, and even continents, becoming the basis for a global energy market that can supply energy in abundance anywhere.

7. Medical devices controlled by the power of thought

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It sounds fantastic, but advances in brain-computer-like interfaces have led to the creation of a number of innovative medical devices driven by the power of thought. One example was a wheelchair, which can be controlled by the power of thought and that provides fully paralyzed patients with reasonable mobility. Another example is a fully-functional and brain-prosthetic arm. The devices are programmed to recognize certain brain waves and react accordingly, which means they can open a mass of doors to all areas of medical technology and, of course, give certain bonuses to patients.

8. Volvo Autonomous Drive Me Project

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Cars without a driver are beginning to spread around the world, and Volvo was one of the main initiators of this movement. The company's goal is to reduce the number of fatal incidents to zero. The project Drive Me will release 100 autonomous Volvo XC90 on the Swedish Gothenburg road by 2017.

9. Graphene

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Two-dimensional superstrong and super-efficient material has been discussed for a long time. Graphene can potentially completely replace silicon in the semiconductor sphere, as well as form the basis for a host of other applications.In September, Stanford University created graphene ribbons based on DNA chains and connected them to transistors, thereby bringing us closer to the realization of a grandiose future. If large-scale production gains sufficient strength, we will in the shortest possible time acquire the most powerful and extremely efficient electronics.

10. SpaceX from SpaceX

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SpaceX is the brainchild of Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, and the company's mission is simple: to give people the opportunity to live on other planets. In October, SpaceX tested the Grasshopper, a reusable rocket that takes off, maneuvers, hovers and sits down again. The rocket flew a kilometer into the atmosphere, and then safely returned and landed on the ground. An extremely important step for the company and humanity as a whole.

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  • 10 technological breakthroughs of 2013

    10 technological breakthroughs of 2013

    10 technological breakthroughs of 2013

    10 technological breakthroughs of 2013

    10 technological breakthroughs of 2013

    10 technological breakthroughs of 2013

    10 technological breakthroughs of 2013

    10 technological breakthroughs of 2013

    10 technological breakthroughs of 2013

    10 technological breakthroughs of 2013

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