The Top 8 Tech Marvels of 2022 | Popgen Tech


Adarsh ​​takes you through eight of the most important technological advancements that have wowed us in the year 2022

As humanity continues to advance in technological and engineering advancements, it is no surprise that the year 2022 has seen major strides in that regard. We take a brief look at the most fascinating and game-changing aspects of technological developments from this past year.

1. NASA’s James Webb Telescope

This image is the edge of a star-forming region called NGC 3324 in the Carina Nebula. This image reveals for the first time the previously unseen birthplaces of the star (Photo Credit: NASA)

If this list were for the top technological marvels of the decade, the James Webb telescope would still make the cut!

It cost more than $9.7 million and took more than 2 decades to build but is a massive upgrade over its predecessor, the Hubble Space Telescope. It has a mirror and an aperture that is almost 3 times larger in radius and the images it started taking since February have caught everyone’s attention.

It sees deep into star-forming fields and can also peer back 13 billion years into ancient galaxies, still in their nursery. It can also peer into exoplanets, looking at them directly and teaching us how those stars and galaxies came together from primordial matter, something only Hubble can see.

2. Parallel Reality by Delta

Parallel reality is when a display shows different images to multiple people at the same time, tailoring the information for each person.
(Photo Credit: GeekWire)

It’s painful to look at one of the big screens with rows of flight information in airports. But thanks to a partnership between Delta Airlines and a company called Misapplied Sciences, you now have customized big screens!

At Detroit Metro Airport, when you scan your boarding pass and look at the top screen, you’ll only see information for the flight you’re waiting to board.

The pixels on the display can light up in one of 18,000 directions and therefore many people can see unique information while looking at the same screen. It’s only a matter of time before this feature becomes common in all airports!

3. DALL-E 2 by Open AI

DALL.E 2 from OpenAI can turn your thoughts into images using only text (Photo Credit: OpenAI)

Every aspiring artist tries to copy the masters! But the DALL-E 2 took it to the next level.

Using artificial intelligence to analyze hundreds of thousands of captioned images from the internet, it takes text prompts from users and within minutes generates surprising versions.

Since its launch, people all over the world have been using it to ‘create’ amazing art!

4. Self-Charge Gadgets from Exeger

Exeger’s Powerfoyle solar cell is integrated into a pair of Urbanista headphones
(Photo Credit: TechCrunch)

Swedish company Exeger has developed an updated version of solar cells that are compact, flexible and allow gadgets to charge themselves. Silicon solar panels can generate electricity cheaply but are very fragile and require silver lines to conduct electricity.

Exeger’s Powerfoyle updated solar cells that are dye-sensitized with titanium dioxide, an abundant material found in white paint and donut glaze. The new electrode is 1,000 times more conductive than silicon and can be printed to look like brushed steel, carbon fiber or plastic.

It’s now used in Urbanista and Adidas self-charging headphones and even a GPS-enabled dog collar.

5. Ultra Reality Monitor by Brelyon

Brelyon envisions a whole new world of manifestations greater than the physical
(Photo Credit: Brelion)

Virtual Reality headsets typically show each eye a slightly different perspective of the same scene and thus produce shallow stereoscopic depth. But Brelyon’s new Ultra Reality monitor uses what’s called monocular depth modulation.

It lets your eyes focus more deeply on a scene like you can in the real world. A combination of optics and display tech fills your field of vision with 3D images that mimic a 120-inch display. This is done with the help of a device the size of a gaming monitor. You can focus at different depths in the scene that makes the display feel like it exceeds the physical limits of the screen.

Once this technology develops further, you can expect a Star Trek-like Holodeck to create room-scale VR without using a headset!

6. Anti-Glare Frame TV by Samsung

Even in a bright space, Frame 2022 can simulate paper and canvas textures like real art
(Photo Credit: Samsung)

When you’re not using your wide-screen television to watch something or play video games, you can use it to display famous works of art. That was Samsung’s idea when it launched the Frame a few years ago!

But the problem is that the light reflects off the TV’s LCD panel, so the paintings look like they’re displayed on a screen instead of a canvas. But Samsung fixed the issue with their second-generation Frame 2022 with an anti-reflective matte display. So, if you can’t afford an original Van Gogh, the second generation Frame is your best bet.

7. Sony’s Linkbuds

Sony’s new earbuds can stay in your ear all day and won’t interfere with real-world sounds
(Photo Credit: Forbes)

Imagine listening to music on your earphones while out for a jog. You won’t hear any cars approaching. Sony’s LinkBuds aim to solve that problem by letting the outside sound in, so you don’t have to take your earphones off. The Buds have a hard-shelled body with a circular cut out that Sony calls an open ring. The ring gives it a unique look and where the sound from outside is introduced into your ear through the Bud.

If you’re looking for noise-cancelling earphones, this isn’t it, but if you want a balance of music and ambient sounds, you should check out the Sony LinkBuds.

8. Accident-Proof Skydio Drones

The Skydio 2+ drone has exceptional obstacle avoidance and tracking capabilities (Photo Credit: PCMag)

Imagine a drone that doesn’t crash! Skydio 2+ is equipped with a fish-eye lens with a 360-degree view and adjusts more than 500 times per second to avoid hitting obstacles.

The dual-core Nvidia chipset creates a 3D-world model with more than 1 million data points per second to identify any obstacle. At the same time, Skydio 2+ captures 4K video at 60 frames per second. and includes 18 inbuilt paths and programs. So even a newbie can get videos that look like TV commercials!

So which one are you most excited about? Tell us in the comments section!

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