2017

Electronic paper

This technology has been in development for over a decade, and is now spreading to mainstream use. Organic thin film transistor (or TFT) technology is combined with organic electroluminescent display to produce flexible, paper-thin devices less than 0.3mm in thickness, and capable of running high-quality video.

The applications for this technology are endless – they include the first true “e-books” and “e-papers” (which can also be read in the dark), clothing and other textiles with electronic displays, video posters, video leaflets, video cards, road signs that illuminate themselves, video instructions on food packaging and other boxed items. It also marks another step towards paperless offices, which in turn reduces deforestation.

Further development of this technology over the next few years will lead to much greater contrast ratio, resembling printed paper more than a screen (the latter is often very hard to see in direct sunlight and other situations).

Portable laser devices that seal wounds

These pen-like machines are capable of sealing wounds using specially controlled lasers, in combination with a blood protein called albumin. Heated at just the right temperature, this forms a natural “glue” after the skin has cooled down. Using this method allows a wound to be stronger, water-tight, and less likely to scar than traditional stitches.

Following several years of development and refinement, they are widely used in hospitals now. These devices will be cheap and safe enough for the consumer market within a few years.

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