The full top-100 is published on POPSCI.
Here is my personal selection top-7 out of those 100 and my personal why. Why seven ? Because 7 is my lucky number. No, i just did not like cutting out one of these 😉
Short description: It’s the ultimate plug-’n’-play nanny-cam. The Vue personal video network lets users place cordless cameras virtually anywhere and view video in real time on the Web.
Why: Dead of Privacy. At DEMO 2009, i saw another plug-and-play security camera for less than 199 USD. Why complain about all those public cameras in the UK, if any person can put one anywhere anytime ?
Short description: Fujifilm 3D Camera is the first 3-D digital point-and-shoot camera, with two separate lenses—and two image sensors—placed three inches apart. They snap either stills or videos in tandem, and a processor combines their images into a single file.
Why: This and the release of the 3D Movie Avatar will really put 3D in the mainstream in 2010.
Short description: Herschel Space Observatory, the European Space Agency’s Planck Observatory will study the radiation left over from the first 370,000 years after the big bang—known as the cosmic microwave background, or CMB—with three times the sharpness of previous satellites. Can detect temperature differences in the CMB as small as millionths of a degree (the equivalent of detecting the body heat of a rabbit on the moon, from Earth).
Why: i expect a breakthrough in 2010 in cosmic breakthrough research that will challenge our traditional thinking about time and space.
Short description: it’s about the headpiece, not the chair. The nonsurgical NeuroStar Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation system is as easy as a teeth cleaning. The patient sits in a chair as an electromagnetic coil pulses magnetic fields to his or her left prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that regulates mood. This stimulates neurons to make more mood-enhancing dopamine. After 30 40-minute daily sessions, half of the patients in a clinical trial experienced significantly reduced symptoms; a third reported complete resolution. Last fall, it became the first TMS therapy to earn FDA approval.
Why: breakthroughs in brain research, implants and stimulation are just around the corner. At Singularity Summit 2009, i saw another example of light stimulation of very specific brain zones (up to the cell level !)
Short description: Nintendo Wii on steroids. A prototype system dubbed Project Natal lets Xbox 360 games respond to anything from full-body lunges to subtle hand gestures, voice input and even facial expressions. Unlike the Wii, you don’t hold anything. Your movements and voice control the game.
Why: New forms of UI will we omnipresent in 2010. Expect this sort of stuff to be standard in any modern OS, tablet or PDA as from 2011.
Short description: The City Safety system of the 2010 Volvo XC60 can stop itself before you smack the stopped car in front of you. A laser sensor tracks the distance between you and the car ahead; approach too quickly, and the system hits the brakes.
Why: Computer assisted cars becoming mainstream. Also look at the loads of technology squeezed in the latest Opel Astra (standard model). Main reason: somehow my dream car, and i hope somebody from Volvo reads this and gives me one 🙂
Short description: Should be no surprise to anybody reading this blog. I am a big fan of Google Wave.
Why: 2010 will be Wave year. The criticasters of 2009 will cry and be ashamed once Google fixes this one.