Applied Technotopia

We scan the digital environment to examine the leading trends in emerging technology today to know more about future.

We have added a few indices around the site. Though we look to the future, we need to keep an eye on the present as well:

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An interesting look at British Bioscience.


When you think about the food that you eat, do you ever wonder what technology has helped to put it on your plate?

High-tech crop scanning equipment flying through the skies, near infra-red root analysis scanning crops underground, and world-class plant research facilities using novel techniques to feed the growing population.

BBSRC funds a range of science that’s delivering new solutions in food and farming, such as:

  • Warwick Crop Centre delivering research into crop breeding, plant pathology, entomology, agronomy, crop nutrition and environmental research -

Top image: Rothamstead Research

Middle image: IBERS

Bottom image: Dr Oliver Smith from University of Warwick


A look at the increase in wearable tech and  apps.


Wearable apps are about to blow up. Here is a look at the current app ecosystem as it stands today:

Danish travel agents offering “Ovulation discounts” to help increase the birthrate.


To Encourage Holiday Sex That Results In Babies, A Danish Campaign Offers “Ovulation Discount”

Spies Travel offers an “ovulation discount” on city vacations and a three-year supply of baby stuff for Danes who get knocked up.

Copenhagen is routinely named one of the best, most liveable cities in the world (except if you’re a giraffe). But despite also being pegged as some of the world’s happiest people, the country’s birth rate sits at a 27-year low.

Travel agency brand Spies Travel and agency Robert/Boisin & Like-Minded recently decided to try and kickstart the production of a new generation of Danes with a new patriotic/sexy time campaign called “Do It For Denmark.” Studies showed that Danes have 46% more sex on vacation and that 10% of all Danish babies are conceived abroad. The campaign is offering an ovulation discount to anyone who wants to go on a romantic city break and get pregnant. Not only that, if you can prove you conceived during the trip, you could win a three-year supply of baby supplies and a family-friendly holiday.

Agency creative director and partner Heinrich Vejlgaard says that Spies Travel is a very familiar brand that is best known for package holidays. The brief was to connect Spies Travel to city holidays too, since awareness is low on these types of offers.

"We did some research and realized that it’s mainly couples that go on these city trips and looking at our own experience in foreign cities it always been sort of romantic trips with lots of extra bed action," says Vejlgaard. "At the same time we stumbled over low birth rate fact and an idea sparked that if just more people would go travel we wouldn’t have this crisis in the first place. In order to give people an extra encouragement to travel we needed an extra incentive, that’s how the competition and the Ovulation Discount emerged. "

Last year the agency’s campaign for Spies tackled winter depression by sending solar mannequins on holiday to see how much energy they got. “That created quite a bit of PR here in Denmark, so it felt like a natural follow up to try to solve the declining birth rate too,” says Vejlgaard.

No one has sent in any pregnancy proof just yet, but Vejlgaard is confident they’ll see some entries within the next nine months. “Now we cross our fingers for a little baby boom,” he says.

(From FastCompany,

Wireless power induction could revolutionize medical treatments.


Could New Wireless Power Transfer Unleash Electric Medicine?

Stanford University engineers say they have figured out a way to wirelessly send electric power deeper into the body than ever before.

Inventor and electrical engineering assistant professor Ada Poon created a near-field power transmitter like those used to recharge wireless toothbrushes in their cradle. The difference is that hers uses tissue between the transmitter and medical device implanted in the body to amplify the electromagnetic waves. Her team then created an electrode and receiver unit about the size of a grain of rice that can be placed wherever electrical stimulation is required.

Read more and see the video below.

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A look at our new nanotech selves.


How Nanotechnology Could Reengineer Us

from Keithly:

Nanotechnology is an important new area of research that promises significant advances in electronics, materials, biotechnology, alternative energy sources, and dozens of other applications. The graphic below illustrates, at a personal level, the potential impact on each of us. And where electrical measurement is required, Keithley instrumentation is being used in an expanding list of nanotechnology research and development settings.


(via futuresagency)

A look at Google Glass's keyboard - awesome!


Now that Google is allowing anyone with a cool $1,500 lying around to score themselves a pair of Glass, you’ll probably start seeing a lot more tech geeks wearing headsets in public talking to themselves. Our hands-free, hyper-tethered future is well on its way! So if voice command interfacing is the wave of the future, what good is something seemingly as reductive as an input keyboard?

That was my question—and guessing I wasn’t alone—until I saw Minuum.

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(via futurescope)