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What if the Maya Were Right? Technology We'd Miss Out On

12/18/12

EagleTech Kseniya Shavrova takes a look at some of the exciting new technology we may never get to enjoy if the Maya were right about 12/21/12.

Do you remember watching the Jetsons and all their cool technology?  We are now in 2012, only 52 years before the setting of the show, and I have yet to see floating buildings, robots that clean my whole house, and flying cars.  But, we still have 50 years left to make this technology real, so there’s nothing to worry about, right?

Well according to the Maya, we won’t make it to 2064 to see how this technology will play out.  According to theories, the world will end on December 21, 2012, at 11:11am.  Learn more about it here.

This means we are running out of time to accomplish anything we want to get done. 

That got me thinking: what kind of technology would we miss out on if things were to play out as the Maya predicted? Obviously I won’t be living in a floating house anytime soon (unless someone is keeping his prototype secret until the last minute; if so SHOW US ALREADY!)  But what about things that are scheduled to come out within the next couple of years?

One of the most anticipated products in the tech world today is Google’s Project Glass, which will be able to project many of the functions we use on our smartphones onto our vision of the real world.  We will be able to check our messages, get directions, take pictures, set reminders, and more- all without looking away from what we are doing! 

This could revolutionize the way we interact with each other, because instead of having to divert our attention away from a real-life interaction when we want to do something on our smartphones, we will have the two integrated.  The company already has a working prototype that they are now tweaking, and it is expected to hit the markets in 2013. 

Google is also working on a self-driving car, which  uses cameras and sensors to detect any obstacles on the road, speed limits, and changing stoplights, and adjusts its speed and stops accordingly.  The driver still has to sit in the driver’s seat to make sure they can still control the car in some emergency situations, but the prototype seems to be working pretty well! 

Google founder Sergei Brin says he hopes to have the cars be able to drive on public streets in 5 years or less, and the state of California has already signed a bill allowing for these self-driving cars to be tested on public roads when they are street-ready.

Five years, Sergei?! If we only have until 12/21, I guess we’ll miss out on these, too.

Samsung also plans on having an innovative product out soon: a bendable cell phone!  Aside from how cool you’ll look when you show your friends that your phone can bend in half, the benefit of this type of device is its durability.  Because this phone will be made of a bendable plastic material and its display eliminates the need for a stiff backlight, you won’t have to worry about a cracked screen whenever you drop your phone.

To all the businesses out there- get these cool gadgets on the market!  We’d all love to use them before it’s too late! 

And to all the regular people reading this, I leave you with one of my favorite quotes: “Live every day as if it were going to be your last; for one day you're sure to be right.” According to the Maya, that day is December 21.

Let’s hope they’re wrong so we have a chance to use these new technologies (and more).