Crazy technology that the future may bring us

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Despite the picture appearing on our Facebook timeline every October, 2015 is actually the year that Marty McFly and Doc travel to in Back to the Future II. We were promised flying cars, hoverboards, and self-tying shoes. Sadly, that’s not the case just yet. But there are some exciting technologies in the works. Here are some of our favourite gadgets and technologies that could become a reality within the next few years.

Aerofex Aero-X

The recent Star Wars VII trailer got us quite excited and nostalgic. So, of course, we’d jump on the chance to own something that bears any resemblance to Star Wars’ speeder bike. The Aerofex Aero-X can hover at an altitude of 12 feet and reach speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. That’s possible thanks to its water-cooled 240 horsepower engine and two large rotors. Check out the video below to see it in action. The Aero-X is the result of around 15 years of research and development. It’s now available for preorder for a refundable $5000 deposit. The final product is expected to be released in 2017. You may want to start saving now as it’ll cost you $85,000.

Super Magalev Train

Japan and China already have incredibly fast Maglev trains, capable of speeding along at more than 260 miles per hour. But Chinese researchers are working on the next generation of trains, which will be even faster. The enclosed-tube Magalev train system of the future could mean that trains will be able to reach speeds of up to an incredible 1,800 miles per hour. Of course, before they can become a reality, researchers have to figure out how to construct long vacuum tubes and keep them pressurised. We can’t wait to travel from Dublin to Cork in minutes. For now, we’d be happy if our morning commute ran on time.

Active contact lenses

Smartwatches and other wearables are all the rage at the moment, but they may soon become little more than fashion accessories. Active contact lenses could render them all redundant. These sit into your eyes like normal contacts, and beam pictures directly onto the retina, creating high-resolution images. They can be used to show the time, or even watch a movie or read a message without having to open your eyes. They’re far more difficult to show off than a fancy watch or phone though, so that could make them harder to market.

Oculus Rift

Virtual reality has been in the works for decades. Attempts misfired in the 90s, but companies are ready to try again. One of the frontrunners is the Oculus Rift VR headset. We’ve tried it out and we have to say that being immersed in a world as you are through VR is a wonderful experience. Oculus Rift could be used for both movies and games, giving us a completely different way to experience a world or an entirely new take on something. Just watch the reaction below to see how powerful the experience can be.

There’s still no sign of the self-tying shoes that Back to the Future II promised us though. Still no self-tying shoes though. Some of these technologies could be a few years off. In the meantime, you can pick up the latest and greatest technology at Harvey Norman.

In Short: We’re excited about what the future of technology and gadgets will bring us. Here are some of our favourites that may be out in the next few years.

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