BACK TO THE FUTURE
Yes, our technology is finally catching up to the movies.
TURN ANY SURFACE INTO A SMART INTERFACE Be like Doctor Who and have your very own sonic screwdriver, a tool that can control any machinery or computer it’s applied to. Though it may not be used as a weapon, Welle, a Kickstarter-backed project, is a device that can instantly turn any surface into a universal remote control through a highly sensitive gesture algorithm. It works anywhere with a Bluetooth connection. Retailing between $69 to $89, Welle allows you to sit back and do things like snap photos of yourself with your table as the trigger. Handy, huh? To use the device, simply place Welle on a flat surface and use hand gestures to control all your smart devices, from lights, TVS, speakers, doors and thermostats, to cameras, curtains, fans and more. TRAVEL THE WORLD IN A FEW HOURS Spend less time in transit and make the most out of your holiday itinerary. Flying at around 60,000 feet, XB-1 or the Baby Boom will be the “world’s fastest civil aircraft ever made,” capable of hitting speeds of up to 1451 miles per hour. Instead of a 15-hour flight from Manila to LA, it will now take you half that time to reach your destination. Boom Supersonic, a company dedicated to supersonic airline travel, claims its final product will be ready in the 2020s. Of course, ticket prices are at a steep $2500 for a one-way ride, but imagine all that time you could be spending in your travel destination instead of being cooped up in flight!
SEE WHAT YOU BREATHE WITH AN AIR DETECTOR
Wall-e predicted that the Earth will be an uninhabitable wasteland with unbreathable air, and at the rate we’re going, this just might be our reality soon. Though we often think they’re harmless, perfumes, sprays and scented candles cause air pollution and—gasp—even health problems, since some emit alcohol, toluene and benzene, which you shouldn’t be inhaling. The Sprimo Personal Air Monitor (sprimo.com) senses airborne toxins and chemicals and can give you a real-time airquality score anywhere. Targeted to be sold at $40, Sprimo is a keychainsized device that you can insert into your iphone to get air-quality readings right away, allowing you to be conscientious about your gaseous footprint. After all, knowing how much air toxicity we contribute will help us become more mindful of maintaining a clean and healthy environment.