Inventions that could transform your retirement
Like to own a robot that does your housework? Or a bathroom mirror that monitors your health? There’s a brave new world of technological developments like these that are set to transform our retirement in so many ways – not just by doing things better, faster and cheaper, but by making our lives easier and helping us stay healthier for longer too.
A pyjama shirt that helps you sleep better? A toilet that records your weight and measures your glucose levels? Developments in artificial intelligence will empower older people to lead healthier, more productive and more independent lives.
Robotics is already transforming manufacturing, medicine and other industries. A new generation of "humanoid" robots will be able to acquire skills through interaction, perform tasks, play games, provide companionship and even monitor our health.
Imagine your car dropping you off for dinner, then finding parking spot by itself. Driverless cars promise a much brighter and more independent future for those no longer physically able to drive and those who’d rather enjoy the drive!
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Heart disease is currently the world's number one cause of death. Yet hundreds of thousands of lives could be saved, thanks to new developments in artificial heart research. These devices are currently in use worldwide and researchers are now working on ways to improve the devices.
Nanotechnology is enabling advances in medicine that could eliminate cancer, AIDS, brain tumours and other diseases. Nanotech medicine enables drugs to be delivered to affected cells in a more targeted way– which means lower doses of drugs are required with fewer side effects.
3-D printing has already been used by scientists to create human joints and prosthetics. 3-D printing has exciting applications beyond medicine too, from customised products to spare parts to food.
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Smarter, greener energy
Cheaper power bills could make your retirement much easier! More affordable, sustainable and environmentally-responsible sources of power and fuel are in the pipeline - from more efficient solar panels to ocean-driven hydropower to renewable biofuels.
Technologies are being developed to make drinkable water readily available anywhere in the world. The Omni Processor can turn sewerage into clean water while simultaneously generating electricity, and the Slingshot device can produce purified water from almost any source material.
Drought and heat-resistant crops
As the climate becomes hotter and drier, drought- and heat-resistant crops will not only keep large-scale food production viable, they will allow us to grow food in areas that are considered deserts. Genetic engineering has enabled scientists to create drought-tolerant oilseed and wheat.
New developments in virtual reality will literally open up a whole new world to us. We’ll be able to learn new skills, explore new environments, visit our doctors, inspect houses, test-drive cars, even hold business meetings without leaving home. And if we ever get too old to travel, we’ll still be able to visit new places virtually, from the comfort of our armchairs.
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