Soldiers taking enemy fire in 120-degree desert heat, carrying up to 100-pounds of gear and conducting attack operations at night are totally reliant upon battery-powered weapons, sensors and computers -- a potential scenario inspiring current Army Research Laboratory work to engineer longer-lasting, more stable and, of critical live-saving significance, less flammable Lithium-ion batteries.
Gadgets have a unique ability to change our lives and the latest and greatest are at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. A new smart toothbrush means fewer trips to the dentist. A pillow that gently moves your head to reduce snoring means your spouse won’t stay up all night. In 2020, new gadgets like these are designed to improve your life.
Innovation comes in all shapes and sizes. With video games, you never know if you’ll be flying into space, controlling a sword-wielding samurai, or shooting three-pointers like you’re Steph Curry. This year, innovation in gaming took a major upswing. In one game, you control a waddling goose, and in another -- you go face-to-face with Darth Vader.
Innovation is hard. It takes a keen understanding of the industry and what is going to help customers the most. It requires insight into technology trends and what is possible. And, it means pushing an envelope at the risk of confusing customers. Over the last year, I’ve tested several products that offered brand new and innovative features. These are my top picks.