US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — EP traditionally talks about the most anticipated events and technical developments that will surprise the world in the new year.
10. Start selling self-lacing sneakers
The concept of a sneaker that laces itself up became popular way back in 1989 with the release of Back to the Future 2. Twenty-seven years later, Nike released the first pair of these sneakers.
In 2016, Hyper Adapt 1.0 debuted on the market at a price of seven hundred and twenty dollars. The limited offer (only a small group of Nike + users could buy the sneakers) led to the pair’s price reaching five thousand euros on the trading floors.
The updated model, Adapt BB, Nike presented in 2019. It cost less – three hundred and fifty dollars. However, these sneakers were not part of the popular Jordan brand.
In November 2020, Nike introduced the Air Jordan Adapt 11, the first Jordan-branded running shoe to include Adapt self-tying technology.
The company has been testing this technology since 2016, and Jordan Brand Chief Designer Martin Lottie calls it “the best Nike technology.” The Air Jordan Adapt 11 is now on sale. The price of the sneakers is five hundred dollars.
9. Apple AirTag search beacon
AirTag is a wireless beacon designed to find lost items.
Usually, such beacons are placed in a bag, wallet or suitcase to track their location on the smartphone screen. Initially, it was assumed that the tracker would be called AppleTag, but in iOS 13.2 the device was named AirTag.
The beacon will most likely be based on the U1 chip, which is installed in the iPhone 11 and is responsible for wireless connection and the most accurate positioning. Thanks to him, the tracker will allow you to determine the location of the lost item with an accuracy of several centimeters.
In addition, it is possible that AirTag will be able to connect to the iPhone of people who are passing by, using them as transmitters to communicate their coordinates to the owner.
AirTag will be compatible with the Find My search app. In one of the test builds of iOS 13, there was even a corresponding section, which was simply deleted before release.
Apparently, the search will be carried out after clicking on the icon associated with the AirTag profile, and the coordinates of the lost item will be shown on the map. For clarity, the object is planned to be designated by the image of a balloon.
Roughly the new product will cost thirty-nine dollars.
8. Perseverance will land on Mars
On February 18, 2021, NASA’s Perseverance rover will land in the northern hemisphere of Mars. Perseverance left Earth on July 30, 2020 and has already covered three hundred thirty-seven of the four hundred and seventy million kilometers.
On the day the rover arrives on Mars, the signal will go to it for eleven minutes and thirty seconds.
On the eve of landing, the US Geological Survey produced an interactive map of the Perseverance landing site. It is a forty-five kilometer long crater Jezero on the western edge of the Isis Plain in the northern hemisphere of Mars. It is believed that 3.5-3.9 billion years ago there was a river delta and a lake.
The Perseverance rover will look for signs of past microbiological life on Mars. In particular, he will collect soil samples, and will also study the climate and weather on the planet.
7.Covid-19 detection sticker
The BioButton is adhered to the upper chest with medical glue and uses sensors to continuously monitor body temperature, breathing and heart rate, activity level and sleep.
BioIntelliSense maker says BioButton can collect enough data in a matter of days to help determine if the wearer of the device is showing symptoms of a possible coronavirus infection, even if they have no signs of getting sick.
The company unveiled the device at CES 2021 in Las Vegas. BioIntelliSense hopes the technology can be used to make vacation spots, cruises and even workplaces safer.
The company says the previous version of the device proved to be as accurate as the devices used in hospitals to measure heart rate, temperature and respiration.
The cost of using the device will be one dollar per day for sixty days of continuous monitoring.
6. Subscription to Tesla autopilot
From 2021, Tesla Autopilot can be paid for by subscription. This was announced by the head of the company, Elon Musk. “We will launch a monthly subscription to autopilot early next year,” Musk wrote in response to a question from one of the users of the social network. The subscription price has not yet been announced.
Tesla’s autopilot is not a built-in option and must be purchased separately. The total cost of this option is ten thousand dollars. For comparison: the price of budget Tesla models starts at thirty-five thousand dollars.
Autopilot subscription is suitable for those who buy a car on lease. In this case, a person uses the car for several years, after which he changes it to a new model, so it makes no sense to purchase an option at full price.
In 2020, eight hundred and sixty-five Tesla Model 3 and seven hundred and fifty-three Tesla Model S cars were registered in Ukraine.
5. Chip implantation into the human brain
Neuralink, which develops technology to connect the human brain to a computer, may be ready to place a version of its implant in the human body “within a year,” Elon Musk said in May 2020.
Neuralink is a neurotechnology company founded by Elon Musk in San Francisco in 2016. She develops brain-machine interfaces. The purpose of the implant is to use it as a treatment for brain injury.
4. Apple’s electric car
Apple’s electric car could be unveiled in the fall of 2021, MacRumors reports, citing anonymous executives from Taiwanese factories.
According to the portal, Taiwan manufacturers are preparing to ramp up production of Apple Car parts in the second quarter of 2021. It also reported that Apple was secretly testing prototype cars in California.
The company received permission from the State Department of Motor Vehicles to test self-driving cars in 2017, and in the same year was seen using Lexus SUVs equipped with a lidar (technology for receiving and processing information about remote objects using active optical systems – ed.) equipment.
According to analyst Min-Chi Kuo, who specializes in Apple products, the first “apple” car will be released between 2023 and 2025. However, sources in Taiwan say the company is preparing a September 2021 release, well ahead of schedule.
3. Serial production of Tesla Cybertruck
Tesla Cybertruck is scheduled to begin mass production in 2021 at the new Gigafactory 5 plant in Austin, Texas.
According to recent analysts’ estimates, the volume of orders for Cybertruck has already exceeded six hundred and fifty thousand vehicles. The plant will also produce Model Y crossovers, Model 3 sedans for the US East Coast and Tesla Semi tractors.
A total of three versions of the Tesla Cybertruck are planned. They differ in the number of engines (one, two and three, the base model is rear-wheel drive, the middle and the main model are all-wheel drive) and the cruising range per charge (four hundred kilometers, four hundred eighty kilometers and eight hundred kilometers, respectively).
The first to come out are more expensive versions with two (49.9 thousand dollars) and three engines (69.9 thousand dollars). “People’s” Cybertruck (39.9 thousand dollars) will be delayed at least until the end of 2022.
2. Start selling a smartphone with a sliding screen
During the presentation at CES 2021, LG unveiled the LG Rollable smartphone with a sliding screen.
You can see how the screen size changes in the last seconds of the presentation. At first it has the dimensions of a small tablet, and then the screen is pulled in and the device looks like a familiar smartphone.
The folding mechanism inside the phone has to maintain constant tension on the big screen, which means that the LG Rollable can avoid the kind of folds you see on folding phones.
The LG Rollable could be the first commercially available smartphone in this form factor.
The smartphone is expected to hit the market in March 2021. Information about its cost has not yet been disclosed.
1. Testing the first stage of the Super Heavy rocket
In December 2020, the American publication TechCrunch analyzed Elon Musk’s Twitter posts to find out his upcoming plans to create a super-heavy SpaceX Starship reusable launch vehicle.
The publication concluded that SpaceX will significantly accelerate the implementation of the Starship program in 2021.
Musk noted on Twitter that the company will be trying to use both of its launch panels at its own launch site in Boca Chica, Texas, to install prototype rockets on each panel there.
Musk also noted that SpaceX will begin testing the first stage of the Super Heavy rocket (starting with “high” jumps) “in a few months.”
Super Heavy will be seventy meters high and nine meters in diameter. Its expected takeoff weight will be three thousand five hundred and eighty tons, of which three thousand four hundred tons is the mass of methalox fuel. The body and fuel tanks will be made of stainless alloy.
The Super Heavy will be structurally similar to the first stage of the Falcon 9. It will have four landing legs and lower stabilizers. The Raptor engine section will hold twenty-eight units.
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