Remember the old TV show Viper? It featured a car with a surface of little disks, allowing it to change color. At the time I thought the idea was cool, and that it must be a bank robber's dream. Today, it might not be reality in large scale production, but there are color changing cars.
|Augmented reality windshield of Toyota's FV2 concept car.|
Mood-reading vehicles without steering wheels - that can change color - sounds like science fiction to me.
The website phys.org talks about the Toyota concept car, "The FV2 appears to represent a convergence of technology with aspects reminiscent of smartphone apps, the Segway, robotics and virtual reality applications."
There are also rumors of a nano paint that can change color with the press of a button. I don't know if it's true or not, but even if it isn't, I'm sure it will be.
About a year ago images circulated on Facebook promising a holographic keyboard. At the time the product didn't exist. Now, you can buy a laser projection keyboard on Amazon.
I haven't tried it, so I can't say if it works well or not, but it's cool. Some reviews say it's awesome. Others say that it works, but it needs a flat surface, and the user can't type too quickly.
My inner geek claims I have to have one. The more practical side says that I type very fast, that I would be annoyed with it, and that there's probably a learning curve with typing on nothing instead of on actual keys. I might still get one. We'll see.
Other cool things? A Canadian company named Thalmic labs have invented a bracelet that uses motion-tracking sensors to measure the position and orientation of a user's arm. It also senses the electrical activity of muscles for finger movement, and can read gestures such as pinch, point, and grasp.