Looking To the Future

Paper batteries? Solar trash cans? Some surprising new tech that could change your life

Some advances barely get noticed. Those new game boxes? Lots of ink. Not so much the new chips that run them. So it is with this year's Technology Pioneers. Consumers will flip when they see MicroOptical's video goggles, and they'll dig Ruckus' wireless router. In rural India, where Drishtee is taking computers to the poorest people, the benefit is obvious. But Dust Networks' self-organizing mesh networking system is pretty cool if, say, you work in industry. So too are the paper batteries of Enfucell or the flexible sensors of DeepStream. Sensors are a real big deal on this particular planet. So...

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