Here’s what has us buzzing this week in the world of innovation and technology.
Move over Marty McFly: Jet-Powered Hoverboard Breaks World Record
“Franky Zapata, the man who invented the jet-powered Flyboard Air, set a new world record on Saturday for the farthest flight by a hoverboard. Taking off along the coast of Sausset-les-Pins, near Marseille, France, Zapata flew the hoverboard for 2,252 meters (7,388 feet), far surpassing the previous mark set by Canadian inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru. His company, Zapata Racing, has just released video from Saturday’s flight, providing a closer look at Zapata’s noisy takeoff, and his triumphant landing.”
Electric Fork Tells You If Your Food Is Healthy
“This prototype fork can help you eat less salt and could save lives. It sends a gentle electric current to your tongue as you eat, fooling tastebuds into experiencing a salty, (sometimes sour) taste — even when there’s little to no salt in the food itself. Despite the awkward notion of willingly putting an electric current into your mouth, the “electro-fork” can potentially tackle some legitimate health issues. According to the World Health Organization, we consume 10 grams of salt a day — double the amount it recommends. This increases one’s chances of hypertension, heart disease, strokes and more. So, in the interest of my health (and morbid curiosity), I went for a taste test.”
Google Patents Smart Injectable That Sticks Into Eyeball
“Merging biology with electronics isn’t a question of if, but when. Some enterprising biohackers have even decided that the time is now. Google-parent Alphabet appears to be preparing for our cybernetic future with a new patent for electronics that can be injected onto your eye.
“The company has been interested in eyeball tech for awhile, most notably with its longtime development of smart contact lenses for monitoring diabetes. However, this cringe-inducing tech (I do apologize for that GIF [below]) would actually work to help focus light onto the retina.”
If you missed it, last month we featured a story about Samsung’s new patent on incredible wearable devices built into contact lenses. If you have a future tech story you think should be featured, tell us in the comments below.