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Proof The Future Is Here Now

Literally, *we* come from the future.

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1. Cameras that measure real-life distances.

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Depth-sensing technology uses infrared cameras and laser projectors, in tandem with a regular camera, to capture data on the distance between objects. As well as measuring distances, this also allows the ability to refocus photos after they've been taken.

2. Cars that can tell if a driver is becoming drowsy.

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Australian company Seeing Machines has developed an Anti-Snoozer app that went on display at CES 2015. Using cameras and facial recognition technology, the system monitors that the driver is paying enough attention, even if they're wearing sunglasses.

3. Facial recognition for web security.

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True Key is a new piece of facial recognition technology that looks to add some military-grade security to your browsing. Designed to work across all your devices, it creates a mathematical representation of your features and encrypts that data, rather than a photo, to use to verify your identity.

4. Sports helmets that can help diagnose concussions.

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With head trauma an increasing concern in sports, helmet manufacturers are embedding sensors to measure the location, magnitude, duration, and direction of any impact. This data is then transmitted to coaches and medical personnel who can make an informed decision as to whether the player should continue.

5. And motorcycle helmets that act as your co-pilot.

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Beyond mere protection, developers are looking at ways to enhance helmets even further. A new Intel/BMW prototype features an intelligent system that not only incorporates GPS navigation and voice communication for the rider, but can communicate with the motorbike too, monitoring fuel levels, tyre pressure, and other safety checks.

6. Truly connected cities.


Dublin is leading the way after unveiling plans for a groundbreaking project that would see sensors placed all over the city to monitor a range of environmental factors.

The data will then be used to make better-informed decisions about how to improve the lives of its citizens, which could be through better traffic management, more green spaces, or improved noise level management.

7. 3D printing is making prosthetics a reality for all.

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Traditional prosthetics can cost thousands, but 3D printing technology is driving down costs and potentially making it accessible to thousands. Not Impossible Labs in California is one company doing just that, working in Sudan to teach locals how to make low-cost prosthetic limbs for each other.

9. Kitchens that know what's good for you.

The kitchen of the future still requires you to lift a finger or two, but not much more than that. Voice control and hand gestures can be used to stop and start videos, set timers, and switch between recipes, whilst other innovations include smart appliances that can offer suggestions based on what you have in the fridge.

10. Robots. Lots of them.

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Meet Jimmy, a self-programmable 2-foot robot that can walk, talk, and even use social media. He's part of the 21st Century Robot Program, which is a community for developers to collaborate and build affordable robots that can be downloaded, printed, and then customised with apps, much like the way we would do with a smartphone.

With IntelĀ® RealSenseā„¢ technology, the future really is here today.

Its depth-sensing technology includes not one, but three cameras that enable new ways to interact in gaming, entertainment, photography, and content creation.