With technology advancing, it seems like, every day, more and more average objects are turning from no-tech or low-tech to high-tech. You may have your own opinions on how good or bad, or awesome or terrifying, this new reality is, but the purpose of this article is to just marvel at a few objects we never thought would need or use technology. Just think for a moment of a service, industry, or physical good that hasn’t been touched by technology. It’s hard, isn’t it? Books and music are now downloadable, many items are manufactured with machines, and most businesses can’t survive without computers now. There are still a few corners of industry we thought wouldn’t advance beyond their previous capabilities, however. The most astonishing are listed below.
Interactive and touch screen tables are making their way into schools, businesses, and even restaurants. Students use Smart tables to work together on learning programs, basically like a giant tablet they don’t have to fight over. Many design and engineering companies use large touch-screen tables to collaboratively work on projects. Diners can order, browse, and pay for their meals using waterproof dining tables. Some even allow for picture sharing and basic internet functions like checking the news or updating social statuses. If you prefer a more traditional setting for mealtime, you can set the display to a tablecloth and always enjoy each other’s company instead.
The problem coffee mugs have continually tried to solve over the decades is how to keep the beverage warm for the longest amount of time. Some mug makers have mastered the art of keeping the heat in for several hours, but this doesn’t prevent the secondary problem of burnt tongues on those first couple of sips. Several new high-tech coffee mugs rapidly extract the excess heat to allow users a perfect first sip, and then slowly release the heat back into the beverage for a better heated drink from start to finish. Honestly, even though we never thought coffee mugs could be techy, we’re sure happy about this much-needed union.
Watches no longer just tell you the time, but are now fitted with several applications. Some of these functions include GPS, heart rate monitors, fitness trackers, answering phone calls, and playing music. In case you ever wanted to wear a computer on your wrist or feel like a Star-Trek character, now you can with smart-watches.
The one aspect of computers that never felt quite right was free-hand drawing. Drawing with a pencil and drawing with a mouse are just too different to fully replicate. Even drawing with your finger on a touch screen isn’t the same. Enter smart-pens. These unique pens utilize sensors paired with a receiver to copy words and drawings onto a screen, which is much faster than uploading pictures of your drawings to your device. These pens also allow users to secretly write texts to their contacts all while appearing to take notes in school or during an important business meeting. Although, we highly doubt any smart-pen makers would recommend abusing this handy function.