It often seems that the future is born in the East. People here buy tickets to a concert with holograms, a projection of a person at the airport gives advice to travelers, salt water is used instead of batteries, and food is cooked in solar ovens. Maybe the secret is in bravely experimenting with technology, as well as a dream to think bigger, a passion for minimalism, or just a crazy imagination.
We at Bright Side have found some odd things that are completely normal in the households of some Asian countries. Maybe there’s something on this list that the residents of western countries could adopt in the near future?
A backpack that cools down or warms up the back and waist
There is a fan hidden inside that either cools down or warms up the back or the waist. Additionally, there is a USB port for charging your phone in this backpack. Cool weather jackets with a warming effect and summer shirts with cooling effect are also sold in stores.
A fluffy ball that washes the floor and collects dust
There is an outstanding fluffy ball powered by batteries in the collection of ’Mocoro’ robotic cleaners. It stands out because of its look and its simple navigation. This ball rolls on the floor polishing the surface and collecting dust and hair with the help of a microfiber cover. The cover is removable and can be easily cleaned in the washing machine.
Diagnosing the body from the inside without a single cut
This technology is based on a combination of a data analysis of the body’s condition and the 3D modeling of tissue images. A computer processes information about a patient’s condition and creates a projection of the body’s functions that is then broadcasted on the patient’s body. The doctor works with this projection which allows them to see the processes that are happening inside the body with the help of a stylus.
Ground coffee in sachets
While we keep drinking tea, people in Japan brew natural coffee using sachets. Thanks to its very fine grinding, pouring boiling water and waiting a couple of minutes is enough to brew this drink. Some people apply the used bags to their eyes to decrease the visibility of dark circles.
A film that protects shoes from dirt and rain
This device wraps shoes with PVC film, replacing shoe covers in buildings. Some people use it in order to not get wet feet when it’s raining. Users hope that in the future the company will use biodegradable film.
Instant stain and dirt remover
A portable washing machine that looks like a hair straightener can remove a stain on clothes within a couple minutes. All you need to do is add some water to the device and put it on the stain. The water that heats to 140°F in combination with ultrasound waves removes the stain from the fabric.
Virtual assistants instead of ordinary people
At first, these virtual assistants appeared on various sites and apps, now holograms and various human projections are created in full life-size. These models have already started to replace the information stands with living people at international airports.
A kit for customizable sandals and slippers
There are 2 soles and several straps available in the kit. It’s you who decides where and how to fix the straps and whether you want to make sandals or flip-flops.
Fans with 3D-holograms
These devices are used as unique advertising pieces. They are often installed near stores, in malls, and in cafes. Sometimes cosplayers buy them to complement their costumes with special effects like, for example, Doctor Strange.
Interactive billiard table
The computer calculates the trajectory of the ball helping train the player. If the player is well-trained, the table gets filled with the projection of an aquarium and the balls disperse like moving fish.
Table tennis 2.0
The projection highlights the movement of the ball or creates additional tasks during the game. For example, it projects spots that a player needs to hit with the ball. Not only was this type of table tennis liked by the residents of China, but also by some British men.
A lamp that runs on salt water
The lamp is good for emergency situations and hiking. It doesn’t require any batteries — all you need to do is pour salt water inside. The bulb will work for 80 hours from one fill.
Concerts with holograms
The concerts with the use of holograms are popular in South Korea. They give the feeling that live artists are really there on the stage.
This technology is starting to be implemented in the USA for recreating the concerts of celebrities who have passed away like Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Tupac, etc.
A hanger that pulls smells out of clothes
This was created for business people and travelers. It can help greatly when one doesn’t have time for washing or airing out clothing. The hanger pulls pollen, the smell of sweat, tobacco, or food out of clothes within 5-6 hours, depending on the mode.
Glass that turns into a monitor
Unmanned convenience stores with full self-service
This ’1-minute’ store in China offers all the necessary goods and products at any time, on any day. In order to get inside, you need to scan the code depicted on the monitor next to the entrance door and enter your phone number in order to get a SMS confirmation code and get access. After you enter the store, the door will be locked again.
Purchases are paid for at self-checkout machines. In order to leave the store, you have to scan another code at the exit door. There is video surveillance, as well as an alarm, in these stores.
Math tutor app
Not only does this app show the correct answer, but it also shows a step-by-step solution if you aim the camera at the task. Additionally, it explains which rules and formulas should be used for the solution. Of course, the app can’t replace a teacher but it is a good advisor while working at home.
A wooden table that can cook your dinner
At first glance, it seems to be an ordinary dinner table. But if you cover your plate that contains a piece of raw meat or fish with a special transparent cover, it will start heating and cooking the food.
Cotton candy that seems to be made of clouds
This is a new invention of eastern confectioners — the machine tosses the cotton candy high in the air and the operator catches it and rolls it on a stick. It’s both impressive and dreamy.
No waiters, food is automatically delivered to your table
The automatization of processes in public restaurant chains helps save money on staff. Robots have already started to accept orders, pick them up, and deliver them. Not only are these machines popular in South Korean and Japanese restaurants, but in fast food restaurants as well.
This system often saves space because robots move along dining tables and not around customers.
Sausage in an omelet on a stick, a spicy Snickers bar, and ’granny’s hair’ for dessert
The evolution of traditional dishes and unique ways of serving them is something that you can easily find in Asia. For example, a sausage on a stick wrapped in an omelet is a popular snack in Indonesia. Sellers often work with only one device that cooks one particular dish. For example, this machine is only used to cook eggs on a stick, while this machine is used for making doughnuts and crispy pancakes.
’Granny’s hair’ (Rambut nenek) is an Indonesian dessert that is made of flour and sugar fried in oil. Its taste resembles something between halva and cotton candy. ’Granny’s hair,’ smoking lemonade and ice cream, and chips that taste like salted egg yolks are eaten in South Korea, Singapore, and Indonesia, while Snickers bars with red peppers and coconut sweets in the shape of worms are popular in China.
Food cooked with the sun
Portable devices that cook food using solar energy are very popular in China. There are festivals held in some cities where chefs compete in cooking the most sophisticated dish using a solar oven.
U-turn circles for cars so that drivers don’t have to back out of the garage
People in Japan think about the tiniest details. For example, you can see special circles in garages and in parking lots that turn cars around. It eases the process for drivers, helping them get out of garages without having to back up.
Which things mentioned above do you find the most useful? Please tell us about it in the comments!