Ok – so we may not have flying cars all over the skies (yet)… and those “hoverboards” that were trending a few years ago need some work before they’re at Back To The Future level.

But there are plenty more signs that the sci-fi techno-future we’ve all dreamed of is really here. Today we’re rounding up a few of our favorite futuristic inventions. Not all of them are available publicly yet, but they’re all in the works… and before you know it, they’ll be the “new normal”. (Which makes us wonder how people will imagine the future in a few decades!)

Are you ready to have your mind blown? Awesome – let’s take a look at the next wave of cool innovation!

Wanna be a superhero? Check out this bionic arm by Open Bionics & Konami

Image source: Open Bionics

 

Inspired by Venom Snake, a supervillain from the Metal Gear Solid video game series, this bionic arm is crazy cool.

It uses technology created by Open Bionics: The Hero Arm. This special bionic arm is designed for below-elbow amputees. It’s the world’s most affordable multi-grip bionic arm… and it’s just become much cooler.

From the Open Bionic website:

29-year-old Daniel Melville, who was born without his right hand and has been wearing a Hero Arm for over 3 years, is the very first recipient of the new Metal Gear Solid design.

Daniel, from Reading, U.K., said: “This is unbelievable. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted from a bionic arm. I’m an avid gamer and love Metal Gear Solid so much and to actually have Snake’s arm in real life is just insane.”


Ready to fly? You’re going to love the BMW Electrified Wingsuit!

C’mon… who doesn’t want to fly?!

While we already have “normal” wingsuits, this new BMW invention takes it to the next level. The new Electrified Wingsuit allows you to fly at speeds up to 186 mph! Not only that, it’s compact and lightweight, so you can easily bring it with you on your next trip to the top of Everest.

The wingsuit itself uses BMW technology (of course). Two carbon impellers spin at 25,000 rpm (that’s 416 rotations every second) to elevate the user and keep them flying. At this point, the suit can only fly for five minutes at a time – so be sure to bring a watch (or a parachute).


“Ready Player One” comes to life with the Virtuix Omni One VR Treadmill

Image source: Kickstarter

 

If you’ve seen Ready Player One, then you’ve already wanted this for a long time… and soon, it will become reality!

This new “VR platform” is based on a treadmill, allowing you to become fully immersed in your VR experience. Those who have played VR know that walking around is unsafe, so you’re confined to a small area. But with the Virtuix Omni One VR Treadmill, you can finally explore the whole virtual world!

The treadmill keeps you safely locked in place as you run around on the surface. It even detects when you’re crouching or kneeling, giving it that extra level of immersion. VR games are already becoming mainstream, and this new device will take it to the next level!

Check it out at https://www.virtuix.com/


2D screens are soooo yesterday. With the eye-tracking Sony Spatial Reality Display, now you can watch in REAL 3D!

Image source: Sony

 

If you’ve ever wanted to look behind something on TV, but were frustrated by the 2-dimensional limitations… you’re about to get excited.

The Sony Spatial Reality Display tracks your eye movements, giving you a truly 3D viewing experience. When you (or your eyes) move, the picture on the screen reacts accordingly. It’s a huge step toward finally getting those holographic screens in sci-fi flicks.

This one is already available, but it’s got quite the hefty price tag. Take a closer look at https://www.sony.com/electronics/spatial-reality-display/


Tired of tying your own shoes? So were the folks at Nike… so they made these shoes that lace themselves!

Image source: Nike

 

Heck, these shoes don’t even NEED laces… instead, they use a unique system that electronically adjusts the “laces” to perfectly suit your foot.

That’s right – not only do you never have to tie them, you’ll also get the perfect fit every time! The technology is called Nike Adapt, and it comes with a free app that allows you to adjust the fit of your shoe from your phone. No more bending over!

The shoes include a wireless charging mat, which makes it easy to keep them charged. Yes, it’s a bit strange to “charge your shoes”, but the benefits are pretty amazing. You can even change the light colors and swap between modes like “active” and “relaxing”.

Learn more about Nike’s Adapt technology at https://www.nike.com/adapt

 

So, what do you think? Can you name any cool innovations that prove to YOU that the future is here? Let us know in the comments below!

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