Where Has Google Glass Gone?

By Hector Cisneros

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Anything that Google touches has significance. Even if it's just because they can spend an ungodly amount of money on anything in which they have an interest. It's not only that - Google has a very futuristic view of things. When they purchased YouTube for an unheard of amount of money - a lot of people said they were crazy. Boy, were they wrong. In 2012, Google announced the creation of Google Glass, a prototype wearable computer that was worn as a pair of glasses. They then released a limited edition of the actual product in 2013 and called it “the Glass Explorer” for the tidy sum of $1,500. Most Google products get a lot of attention and this one gave birth to a whole line of copycats and controversy as it launched us into a new era of personal computing. In this episode of Working the Web to Win, we will explore Google Glass, how it started, where it has taken us over the last three years and where we predict it will go from here. So read on and hold on to your glasses as we tackle Google Glass and the new industry it has spawned.

Like many Google launches, Google Glass caused an uproar both positive and negative. The primary reason many disliked the technology when it was introduced was because it had a built-in video camera that could be activated without being noticed. This wearable technology even gave us new phrases like "glasshole" for people who recorded you on video without your permission and expanded the definition of what wearable computing could be. It even made us aware of cloud computing since most of the information accessed and stored using this device was stored in the cloud.

Google Glass from the Past

We have written about Google Glass in the past. In our first article called “Are Google Glasses the
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Great Game Changer or a Passing Fad?”
, we talked about all the controversy surrounding the use of the product when wearing Glass out for a walk. Many institutions such as theaters were calling for a ban of the product since it made pirating motion pictures while you watched a breeze. We also talked about the high entry level price ($1,500) for a limited edition early model which in essence was a prototype. In other articles like “A Borg in Every Boardroom - Cyber Augmentation for All”,
we discussed offshoots of this technology and how they affect our lives. Things like Google’s foray into Google Contact lenses is covered in the article “Ready to Ware”, These contacts can measure glucose levels in your tears as well as improve visual acuity for those who need readers. In another article, we discussed how we are now coming close to being able to create a function Geordi LaForge, (of Star Trek fame) pair of glasses that allows a blind person to see (read the article called “The Basics of Biohacking”). If you would like a detailed history of Google Glass, you can always check it out on Wikipedia, as it contains a lot of history and useful information as well.
What is Google Glass doing today?

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Today Glass-like eyewear is much more widespread and contrary to the beliefs of many, Glass Explorer did not go away. In 2014, Google signed agreements with many eyewear manufacturers to take the Glass Explorer to new levels. In a New York Times article entitled “Biggest Eyewear Company Signs On With Google Glass”, Google and Luxottica announced a multi- year agreement to distribute frames for Google Glass. Since that time, Google has announced that they are scrapping the old Google Glass project for a new one. Google, now called Alphabet, has renamed the project “Aura” and announced a launch date for some time in 2016.

Rumors abound and until we see the product on the shelves, we have to go on what’s been reported in the news. As far as I can tell, this new version is designed more for work than play and will include many upgrades. An article in appcessories from the UK called “Google Glass 2 Release Date, Price News and Rumors” say that the new model will include; No more creepy invasive audio signals, more power, improved prism, better camera, speedier Wi-Fi, a sports edition and more. In another article by “TechRadar” called “Google Glass 2: everything you need to know”, they report that the new Glass 2 may not even be a pair of glasses. The article states that it may be an “Adjustable Display Mounting”, will use an Intel processor, will have a hinged design, making it foldable and improving water resistance.

Where is Google Glass headed?

From all the speculation and evidence I have seen, Google Glass, Aura or whatever it ends up being called, is going to be geared more for business than personal use. Right now the cost, which is speculated to be around $1,000, will relegate it to those individuals who have money to burn or can show a strong ROI for its usage. It looks like Google is targeting military, law enforcement, the medical industry and engineering entities to start with.

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What other products has Google Glass inspired?

Contrary to popular opinion, when Google Glass was announced back in 2012, it was not the first product of its kind. In fact, we found that there were people who created DIY prototypes of this tech well before Google Glass. However, having said that, few companies have inspired more development of the coolest things than Google. The sale of Google Glass inspired many startups to jump onto Kickstarter and other Crowdfunding sites to raise money to take advantage of this new emerging technology. It also inspired some large corporations to jump on the bandwagon as well.

Companies like Sony, Epson, and Zeiss have all jumped into the fray. Much lesser known startups like Vuzix, Alto Tech and LAFORGE have also jumped on this tech trend and have come up with some very competitive products that can give the current version of Google Glass a run for its money. In an article by “WAREABLE” called “The best smartglasses 2016: Sony Vuzix and more”, you will get a good rundown of some of the biggest contenders for the best smartglasses tech. Another article that
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lists a different set of players, was an article I read from “readwrite” called “Five Face-Saving Alternative to Google Glass”.  Many of the designs tend to follow in Google’s footstep in that they create a wraparound wearable computing device that doesn’t look like glasses! Others have created bulky frame glasses or clip-on devices that strap to your current glasses. Many of these new devices tie into your smartphone or smartwatch for computing power or control, making them in some instances smaller and less intrusive. Some of the inexpensive smartglasses I have seen just have either a camera, an mp3 player or both, built in. These devices can be had on eBay for under $20.00. In fact, a quick search on eBay will bring up about a 1000 listings for smartglasses!

Some Stand Out Products to Look at

Of the many smartglasses I researched, a few really stand out for me. One of these is Zeiss Smart Lenses, they look like glasses. An article in “Wired” called “Zeiss Smart Lenses Get Right What Google Glass Got Wrong” says it most eloquently - This isn’t Google Glass. This isn’t Hololens. This is a pair of ordinary glasses—they’ll even work with a prescription—with extraordinary tech hidden nearly invisibly inside. And that may be the smartest thing about them.”

Another standout product that I felt was exceptional, was from the startup company LAFORGE. Their home page provides a vivid example of their product and how it looks like regular glasses. These glasses can be prescription eyewear and can display notifications from your smartphone in the glasses field of vision. They say that their product is “Augmented Reality eyewear with a normal look”.

The last product I felt was worth highlighting was “Cool Glass”. This is very much a Google Glass look-a-like (if not a knockoff). It retails for around $500 and is about as close as you can get to the original Google Glass explorer in look and feel.  In an article by “PC World” called “Meet Alto Tech’s Cool Glass; a vastly cheaper alternative to Google Glass”, it states that “Sure, it looks almost identical. The name’s nearly the same. But Alto Tech representatives said that it developed a custom fork of Android to power it, and that the applications it developed were proprietary. (There’s an SDK for developers to tap into, too.)
But I’ve used Glass, and unless my memory deceives me, Cool Glass offers nearly the same experience at a fraction of the price: $500, specifically, versus the $1,500 Google originally charged for Google Glass. Unfortunately, Cool Glass is being sold into the Chinese market—although company representatives said they hoped to bring the device to the U.S. this April.”  One of the neat features of this product is that it can clip onto your existing glasses, even sunglasses. I think this product will sell well in the U.S., if it’s not 
already on eBay!

The Future - My Predictions

Right now the idea of a Google Glass evolution from Alphabet that is built for the masses is still a pipedream. I do see an immediate use for law enforcement and the military. That doesn’t mean that the well to do won’t be buying and using these devices. They will! However, the masses will be snapping up the Google Glass look-a-likes and knockoffs or buying the other alternative that provide lesser versions of augmented reality. The real reason that I believe we will be slow to adopt this technology will be the lingering question of invasion of privacy. For many this is a product that can record everything that’s going on around you, since a lot of people hate being photographed or videoed. Heck, there are cameras everywhere right now! Most of the world’s population carries smartphones already! Do we need cameras attached to our faces to record everything in our daily lives?

Invasion of privacy, or the next level of cybernetic enhancements, that’s the big question people will have to answer. Are we willing to accept smartglasses as visual sensory augmentations in our everyday lives? Or, will new laws be implemented to relegate these devices to the police, the military and business usage?  We will just have to put on our glasses and wait and see!

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In this article, I have discussed how the launch of Google Glass technology has propelled us down a winding road that is now filled with many players. This article provides a brief history of Google Glass, updates on the release of Google Glass 2 (aka Aura) and a comparison of the many Google Glass alternatives including some that look just like regular glasses. It further discusses the remaining issue of invasion of privacy that has hindered the adoption of the original Glass Explorer as well.

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Hector Cisneros is COO and director of Social Media Marketing at Working the Web to Win, an award-winning Internet marketing company based in Jacksonville, Florida.  He is also co-host of the weekly Internet radio show, "Working the Web to Win" on BlogTalkRadio.com, which airs every Tuesday at 4 p.m. Eastern. Hector is a syndicated writer and published author of “60 Seconds to Success.”

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To Autoblog, or Not to Autoblog? That is the Question.

By Danny Murphy
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Everyone knows that nothing worthwhile can be accomplished in a hurry.  Yet when it comes to working the web, everybody is always looking for shortcuts.  Case in point: Autoblogging. It takes time to create worthwhile blogs. A good blog post can easily take 4-hours or more to create. The time depends on variables including the length of the post and the research required. In today’s frenetic workplace, with information coming at people from every direction, time is a precious commodity which can be hard to find.
Autoblogging purportedly can generate content for a blog automatically. Doesn’t that sound great? All you have to do is find a good program, set it up, and watch the prose spill forth like magic! Here’s a promo paragraph for Autoblog, a popular autoblogging plugin for WordPress.
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“In this kind of plugin, you can easily post standard posting in your WP site from the RSS feeds. When you decided to make use of this plugin in your WP site, you can be sure that you will be astounded with its exceptional benefits and features. It is very important that you know first the features of the plugin that will suit your needs.”
That was probably written by whoever produced the plugin. Although those are complete sentences in English, it’s not proper syntax. (Maybe it too was written by a bot.) There’s no reason to think that the content produced by the plugin would be any better than the promotional material written about it. In fact, material produced by the plugin is likely to be of a lower quality.
If you think this type of writing will make your clients and potential clients happy and entice them to do business with you, then autoblogging might be the answer for you and your organization. However, you should be prepared to be disappointed.  
Autoblogging isn’t blogging. It’s plagiarism.
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Autoblogging software gathers material together from a variety of sources and regurgitates it as blog posts. So what’s the problem?  Autoblogging doesn’t create original content. It takes existing content from RSS feeds, mixes it all up, and repackages it. This is what’s known as plagiarism.
So what’s the big deal about plagiarism? For many people, it’s not a problem at all. If a little plagiarism can help a person to get the job done more efficiently, many regard it as a good thing… until they get caught. Getting caught changes things. If you’re a celebrity, politician, or if you work in a business where little things like ethics matter, your reputation can be tarnished forever.
But let us suppose that ethics don’t matter. Another big drawback of autoblogging is that the content on your blog will be nothing but copies of previously published content that can be found elsewhere. If you have Autoblog software “write” articles for you, there’s a strong possibility that dozens, or hundreds, or thousands of other “writers” may be posting exactly the same articles or articles that are very similar.  
The search engine spiders know where that content originated. The search engines are continually adjusting their algorithms to weed out the junk and reward producers of the best content with high rankings. The blogs where content appears first are the ones that get the juice in the form of high rankings in search.
If you’ve done the work to get to page one, the search engines may move you down or even eliminate you due to duplicate content that has been previously posted elsewhere. You could easily go from having a highly ranked website to having one that’s difficult to find.
Is Content Still King?
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People say that content is king these days. The truth is that there’s a ton of bad content out there and it is definitely not king. Bad content will not help you build your audience or get new business.  It doesn’t take long for most people to see whether content is good or bad. Taking bits and pieces from RSS feeds and whipping them together simply won’t produce good content. Bad content wastes people’s time. Nevertheless, autoblogging is producing prodigious amounts of bad content.
On the other hand, good content is useful to readers and it is enjoyable to read. Good content is king and it can certainly set you apart from your competitors. To be good, content has to be original, well-written, and useful or entertaining to readers. For the best payoff over time, it’s a good idea to produce content that is “evergreen” meaning that it will stay relevant and useful. High quality, evergreen content can continue to pay off in traffic for six months, a year, two years, or more.
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So what can you do to maximize your skill so that you produce good content? My first recommendation is learning about writing. There are many blogging courses out on the web. E-zineArticles.com online offer one I like and Copy blogger blog  offer lots of articles to learn about blogging as well. We developed a blogging course that we use to sell. Now we use that course to help our clients become better bloggers. We provide it free when a company signs up for our Team Tech subscription”. Team Tech provides blogging and marketing coaching for business owners where we help them engage in effective content marketing. Team Tech also provides guaranteed blog growth and distribution using our proprietary distribution methodology.
Another thing any business owner can do is create their own Blogger blog. Blogger is free and is owned by Google, so you automatically get more Google juice. It’s relatively easy to learn and there is a lot of free training available for learning how to use it. There is no substitute for creating a unique and original article with you as the author. Producing a high quality an authoritative blog post essentially proves you add value to the world! If you’re an expert in your industry, share your knowledge and gain real credibility.
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You say you don’t have strong writing and grammar skills? You don’t have to. It’s the 21st century! Programs like Microsoft Word 2016, Ginger software and Grammarly can eliminate most grammatical and spelling errors. They can also help you improve sentence structure and much more. Ginger software will even read your article back to you which I find a big help for improving readability. When you couple a good understanding of what makes a good article and add good spelling and grammar, your 90% there. The rest is just practice.
Don’t have the time to do all of this learning, practicing, or acquiring software to help you write? Then get some help! Outsource this task to a professional. A good blogger is worth their weight in fine, recyclable, high-quality content. Many will ghostwrite in your name as well. When you calculate the cost in time and dollars, you may find that this is a very cost effective option. We actually do this for our clients and will even create and publish a book in their name once we reach the critical number of articles that becomes the foundation for their book.
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The truth is, blogging is not a science, it is an acquired skill and art form that is only as good as the person doing the writing. Currently, no amount of artificial intelligence is capable of emulating this skillful art form. The word Autoblogging is actually an oxymoron since no such program can actually create a real and useful blog post. Some people in business seem to believe that Autoblog content, even if it’s bad content, is better for business than no content at all. To that, I leave you with a quote from “the Bard.”
“You speak an infinite deal of nothing.” William Shakespeare
Many business people simply don’t have the time or the skill to produce good content. The solution for that is called outsourcing. As with autoblogging, you need to choose your ghostwriter with care.  The last thing you want to do is hire a blogger for five or ten dollars per post who speaks English as a second language. As with so many other things, when it comes to quality content, you only get what you pay for.
Working the Web to Win produces and distributes blogs for businesses.  If you are looking for a shortcut that not only works, but is guaranteed to produce results and that will enhance your online reputation, contact us today. We can be reached, Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM at (904)-410-2091 or writing us at hectorc@workingthewebtowin.com. You can also stay in touch by filling out the form at the top of this blog to receive our weekly newsletter.

In this article, I have provided current information on the usefulness or lack thereof for Autoblogging. This article provides the relevant information any business owner needs to make an informed decision on whether to blog or Autoblog. Along these lines, other practical information is provided to help anyone new to blogging follow a road map to success.
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If you feel your business could use some help with its marketing, contact us at 904-410-2091. We will provide a free marketing analysis to help you get better results. If you found this article useful, please share it with friends, family, and co-workers. You can find other articles on our blog by typing in “blogging” or your desired search term in the search box at the top of this blog. I recommend reading Blogging Secrets of the ProsBlogging as a Business,  and Learning the Tricks of the Trade – Part 2 of Blogging 101 For starters. Also, don’t forget to plus us, on Google+.
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What Yogi-ism’s Can Teach You About Marketing

What Do Yogi-ism's and Marketing have in common?

They can both teach us a thing or two about winning.

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By Hector Cisneros

You know, it never ceases to amaze me how often business people use oxymoronic statements as part of their marketing philosophy. We often accept this kind of language as normal speech. Take for example “least effort most gained”. The reality is, the only time that the “least effort could produce the most gained is if more effort was misplaced.  There are hundreds of these phrases - for example; clearly misunderstood, act naturally, seriously funny, definite maybe and many more. Not all the statements in this category are necessarily moronic. My favorite sayings come from a much-beloved character who played baseball for the Yankees as well as managing the Yankees and the Mets. His name is Yogi Berra, and many of the sayings that came out of his mouth were just as profound as they were oxymoronic. I often think about some of his sayings when people ask me a question about their marketing strategies. In this episode of Working the Web to Win, I am going to use a number of Yogi’s quotes to make important points regarding how business people often go astray when making their marketing plans. So without further ado, let’s take a look at my favorite Yogi-isms and how I see them relating to marketing strategy.

Star Trek Tech and Beyond in the 21st Century

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By Hector Cisneros

No TV series or motion picture has captured the imagination of the world like Star Trek. Yes, many love this program's biggest rival Star Wars, but it was Star Trek that launched our imagination straight into the future. With the launch of the new movie Star Trek Beyond, and the upcoming new TV series Star Trek Discovery, coming up in January 2017, we thought it would be worthwhile reviewing many of the new inventions that have sprung to life based on the Star Trek phenomena. A new and exciting era has been given birth by this series, so read on, and prepare yourself to go Beyond the normal confines of our science as we explore Star Trek Teck in the 21st century.

Being a baby Boomer and having grown up watching Star Trek, it amazes me to see all the advancement we have made as a species. Think about it, we have gone from horse and buggy to landing men and probes on distant planets. We have a space station that houses a multi-nation crew and we have connected the entire planet via the internet. The last 50 years alone have driven us to create Star Trek technologies first shown on the TV series. This is such a fantastic achievement that many conspiracy theorists believe we have had extraterrestrial help getting here.

Ancient Aliens Gave it to Us?

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For example, a recent History Channel show about Ancient Aliens (season 11 episode 9) suggest that we were given this technology by the aliens Thor, who landed in the US in the 1940’s, and met with the heads of our government. According to this History Channel show, Gene Roddenberry was one of the people at that meeting who learned about advanced technologies. Later, he then used his books followed by the creation of the show Star Trek, to inform and prepare us, for what would one day be a future with fantastic technologies and alien races. The History Channel’s Ancient Aliens show stated that the creation of Star Trek TV series was a way of preparing our population to get ready for a universe full of other alien species. It’s interesting to me that this show is on the History Channel in the first place, especially since the history channel is supposed to be about “History”, but I digress.

In previous articles, we have discussed many Start Trek technologies that have come to life. The widespread use of computers, Artificial Intelligence, androids and robots, wearable computers, smartphones, global communication’s, GPS, Holographic technology, virtual reality, the internet of things, 3D printers (as an early form of Replicators), beam weapons, cybernetic implants, remote telemedicine, Artificial Intelligence doctors, replaceable body parts, exoskeletons, sensory enhancement and of course planetary travel in space ships. The following list of articles provides more detail and links to those blogs.

List of previous articles on Star Trek tech we have written in the past
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Phasors - (AKA DEW’s)

The creation of directed energy weapons (DEW) is not new. Phasor type weapons, as they were called in Star Trek are now real and come in many flavors.  The creation of microwave beam, an x-ray, laser beams, plasma and particle beam weapons are all real. Although we had mentioned lasers of various kinds in the past. The US government now has operational DEW beam and high energy particle weapons in their arsenal. These include X-ray beams, various high energy lasers, particle beam weapons and pulse projectile weapons.

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A new weapon on the scene is sound amplification and concentration weapons (disruptor beams), that many of the Federation’s enemy used in Star Trek battles. Although these new weapons are not anywhere near as powerful as the ones depicted in the TV series, they can be used to disable and disorient soldiers,  shoot down missiles and damage/destroy satellites in space, and yes they could destroy one of our spacecraft if shot at one.

Tricorder to The Rescue

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We have mentioned in previous article that scientists are working on creating a tricorder type of device. In fact, two years ago I personally checked out a medical device that was designed to check the health conditions of large, dangerous animals like Lions while they were still in their cages (and the doctor safe outside the bars). This prototype device I witnessed could read your pulse, heart rate, breathing rate and temperature from about 8 feet away. Since then, Qualcomm has announced an XPRIZE  competition with 10 million dollars in prize money for the first company to develop a tricorder device. Even more recently, an article in CNN talked about a product called the Scanadu Scout, is professed to provide a real-time medical information. The article says, “Through its sensor, and in a matter of seconds, the Scanadu measures heart rate, temperature, blood pressure, oxygen level and provides a complete ECG reading.” It looks like we are getting real close to a fully functional tricorder in my lifetime.

Invisibility Cloaking

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One of the coolest technologies that only the enemies of The Federation had, were cloaking devices. The cloaking device made spaceships invisible. We have developed technologies that make aircraft and ships invisible to radar by using radar absorbing materials on the structure of these transportation machines. However, cloaking from visible light and the other spectra of light has been elusive until now.  Several new technologies under development can hide the visible light spectrum, sound and more. In a recent headline in Digital Trends online reads, “New invisibility cloak device can hide almost anything”. The article goes on to say, The Rochester Cloak’, as it’s been dubbed, uses a simplified four-lens system that essentially bends light around any objects you put into the middle of the chain — you’re able to see the area in the background as normal, but not the item in the foreground. According to its inventors, it can be scaled up using any size of lens, and the team responsible for the setup has used standard, off-the-shelf hardware.” This is an amazing device and shows how Star Trek Tech is driving our reality.

Artificial Intelligence and Talking Computers

We have mentioned artificial intelligence back in 2013 in our article, “When Will Computers
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Out Think You?”
And we have covered the latest A.I. entries like Siri, Google Now, Amazon Echo, Cortana, Googles Rank Brain and Dr. Watson in other articles like “Do Smartphones Dream About Facebook?” and in our article, “Google is Playing Musical Chairs with Ranking and it Will cost Us Billions”. Today early forms of A.I. are in widespread use by the public when they use their smartphones, tablets, computers and even their TV remote controls (Xfinity Remote control). I just hope we stay on the path to developing beneficial intelligence, (versus the search for artificial intelligence which we may not be able to control).

Khan - The birth of Genetic enhancements

One of the most loved of the Star Trek TV shows later spawned movies called “The Wrath of
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”, the story of the Star Trek crew finding genetically enhanced humans from the past that had superior strength, intelligence, and immunity, that were later left on a planet that almost killed them. The story plot explores their attempt for revenge. This movie was recently remade into the new version called “Into the Darkness” with the rebirth of the popular Movie series.  Today genetic testing, enhancements, and even cloning are real. A tremendous amount of money has been spent on mapping the human genome, and with it, come the understanding of many of the things that make us human. It also brings the possibility of upgrades to enhanced humans. A new genetic technology called “CRISPR-Cas 9” will allow scientist to splice genes in ways we haven’t even thought of yet. We have gene therapies already in place and it’s just a matter of time before these technologies are used to enhance our strength, longevity, immunity and more.

SubSpace Communications

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In Star Trek, the captain of the ship could communicate with Star Fleet headquarters, other ships and far-flung planets with ease, even though these entities were dozen if not hundreds of light years away. Today, a one-way call to one of our space probes on Mar’s would take 20 minutes to reach the probe. It would also take another 20 minutes for the Probes response to reach us back. Enter Quantum Entanglement. This theory, as listed in Wikipedia, basically states that two particles can be intimately linked to each other even if separated by billions of light-years of space. In other words, a change in one particle will induce the same effect on the other particle, even if they are separated by great distances. Star Treks SubSpace communication is supposed to be based on this concept. 

Until recently, Quantum Entanglement was only a theory, but recent research has lent credence to this theory becoming a fact. An article entitled, “Quantum Entanglement: Love on a Subatomic Scale”, states that Last year, however, three different research groups were able to perform substantive tests of Bell's Theorem, and all of them found support for the basic idea.” If this breakthrough is real, we will be able to devise a way to communicate over long distances with little or no time passing. Now that would make the invention of the internet seem like a small stepping stone, to this new communications superhighway.

The Birth of Transparent Aluminium

In the Star Trek movie “the Voyage Home”, Scotty the chief engineer gave the secret to manufacturing transparent aluminium to a plant manager in the earth’s past. This was done so that the crew could equip their space ship with water tanks big enough to bring humpback whales back from the past, in order to save the earth in the future from a pending disaster. Well, guess what? Transparent Aluminium is now a reality! Aluminum Ox nitride is now being manufactured and marketed by Surmet Corporation under the name AION. Even though it is expensive, this product is already in widespread use in smartphones and other applications where a hard transparent material is needed.

Here is a description of its properties taken from the Wikipedia on Aluminium Oxynitride. “AlON is optically transparent (≥80%) in the near-ultraviolet, visible and midwave-infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. It is 4 times harder than fused silica glass, 85% as hard as sapphire, and nearly 15% harder than magnesium aluminate spinel. Since it has a cubic spinel structure, it can be fabricated to transparent windows, plates, domes, rods, tubes and other forms using conventional ceramic powder processing techniques. AlON is the hardest polycrystalline transparent ceramic available commercially.[2]Combination of optical and mechanical properties makes this material a leading candidate for lightweight high-performance transparent armor applications such as bulletproof and blast-resistant windows and for many military infrared optics. AlON-based armor has been shown to stop multiple armor-piercing projectiles of up to 50 cal.[4] It is commercially available in sizes as big as 18x35-inch monolithic windows.[5]

This new Star Trek Tech will make a huge difference to protect products like smartphones, Tablets, computer screens, body armor, bullet proof glass, windows from hurricanes and much more. This is a really cool new Start Trek Tech. In fact, all of the Star Trek technologies mention in this article and ones from the past have all had significant impacts on how we live our lives. Star Trek technologies are the types of things that once adopted and incorporated into our life, would leave us going through withdrawals if they were suddenly lost.

It is obvious that the human races fascination and love of all things Star Trek is growing even
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after 50. With the launch of the latest Star Trek movie, “Star Trek Beyond” and the pending new TV series called “Star Trek Discovery” coming out in January 2017, people are lining up to get as much Star Trek Tech in the lives as they possibly can. I know that Star Trek is directly responsible for my own love and fascination for computers and it is why I chose the computer industry as my career path at the age of sixteen back in 1971. I just hope that all these Star Trek Technologies don’t come with strings attached like those talked about in the History Channels Ancient Aliens series.

That’s my opinion, I look forward to reading yours.

In this article, I have discussed many of the latest Star Trek technologies that now exist. I have also mentioned many of the previous articles we have published on this subject and provided links to them so that the reader can explore all the Star Trek tech that is now available for our use.

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