The Future is Finally Getting Closer

For years we have dreamed of technological advancements that have constantly gotten pushed further and further into the future.  Some of these are the thoughts of flying cars, shoes that lace themselves, space ships that travel faster than light, and much more. Science fiction started placing dates of the early 2000’s as the time that would bring these fancy gadgets, but those years soon came and went. Here we are now in 2012 and where are we?  We finally got hand-held touch pad devices that can do just about anything under the sun, but that’s nearly the extent of it.

The reality is that technology takes some times in many cases, mostly because of willingness to research and of people to purchase the products. There has finally been enough interest through the governments desire to mobilize more drone type equipment in war zones, including ground vehicles sparking the flame under a few corporations to develop the self driving car. Google is one of these corporations and recently released an inspiring video documenting where their product is at the moment. (Over 200,000 test miles driven)

There is still a ways to go before we’ll each have our own, but if it takes of like anything from apple has over the past decade, we very well could have our own self driving car in the next five years. It’s been a long time coming, and I for one am excited to be able to tell my car to take me to California, get a good nights sleep, and wake up having arrived at the beach.  What do you think?  What technologies are you looking forward to being developed?

Legos in Space: A Modern Day October Sky

Lego Shuttle Flight
Lego Shuttle Flight - Soon after takeoff (http://bit.ly/zqzV4f)

Space, dubbed the final frontier most famously by the series Star Trek, has been the dream of many people throughout the years.  As of late, the number of people with this dream seems to have dwindled, but not for Oaida Raul from Romania who was bound and determined to realize his dream like Homer Hickam did in the book Rocket Boys later to be changed to match the movie October Sky . He diligently found an investor who mentored him about how to make his project work and even steered him into using a Lego Space Shuttle Model 3367.  Getting air space clearance, he launched the model along with a GoPro camera and other equipment and sent it soaring.  The song 99 Luftballoons  nearly immediately came to mind upon hearing that they used a 1600g helium filled weather balloon and launched from Germany. The music he picked for his YouTube video was great, but I think it would have been even more of a kicker with that song. Oh well.  Perhaps that can be a future project using a whole squadron! Take a look at the video below. It’s pretty awesome. You can also see the more detailed version of events from his Oaida’s own blog.