ThomasNet: 10 Exciting Inventions and Breakthroughs of 2009


Thomasnet is an industrial search engine that helps manufacturers and distributors find products, services, or suppliers.  I subscribe to its Industry Market Trends Newlsetter.  I came across an interesting article I thought I’d share with you.

The article, 10 Exciting Inventions and Breakthroughs of 2009, was written by Ilya Leybovich, Staff Writer.  The article provides an interesting list of ten scientific and engineering advances that are likely to play important roles in the future.

Here’s a summary of the list of 10 innovations

  1. Growing Metal Stronger than Steel    Modumetal is more durable, energy absorbent and lighter than steel…and may also be less expensive to produce.
  2. Silicon Ink:  Silicon ink will be used to print integrated circuits, sensors and displays
  3. Six-Legged Space Rover:  A new large, robotic rover is expected to play a significant role in resuming exploration missions to the moon.
  4. Kepler Space Telescope:  NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, launched in March, is searching for Earth-like planets in distant star systems.
  5. Power Plug-Sized Computer:  The SheevaPlug is a speedy four-inch computer that consumes a tenth of the power of some desktop systems.
  6. Electronic Eye:  Researchers at MIT are working on a microchip that could enable the blind to regain partial vision.
  7. Generator Microbe:  Generating electricity from mud and wastewater.
  8. Atomic Teleportation:  Scientists teleport data from one atom to another across a distance of one meter.
  9. Climbing Robot:  This robot can wrap itself around poles and climb up or down various types of structures, opening up the typical range of robotic motions.
  10. High-Speed Helicopters:  Sikorsky X2 Technology is engineering helicopters designed for high-speed travel.

For more on each of these, check out the article, 10 Exciting Inventions and Breakthroughs of 2009.

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