2022 Tech-Wrap: Innovations That Started in 2022 and Startled Us!
A year post-COVID was nothing short of a miracle for humans that survived, and the tech world is running the show like never before!
From witnessing some sophisticated innovations to seeing the world return to normalcy, we will stick to the former and waltz down in 2022 to see the best technological advancements.
Here’s a glimpse of the 2022 tech rundown that we are elaborating on in this article:
January: The James Webb Space Telescope
2022 will go down in the history books as one of the most accomplished years across all of NASA’s missions.
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a space telescope that NASA has developed in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).
It is the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope and is designed to be more powerful and capable of studying distant objects in greater detail.
JWST has significantly advanced our understanding of the universe. It has studied a wide range of astronomical phenomena, including the formation of galaxies, the birth of stars and planets, and the search for signs of life in the universe.
Look at the orbit of the telescope:
Here’s a photo gallery captured by JWST that shows the uniqueness of the universe!
According to the latest update that arrived on January 16th 2023, by NASA, JWST confirmed its first Exoplanet. It is a planet that orbits another star using James Webb Space Telescope!
DotPad is a portable braille display and note-taking device developed by Dot Inc., which creates assistive technology for people with visual impairments. It is a small, lightweight device with a refreshable braille display that connects to a smartphone or computer and allows users to read and write text in braille.
The DotPad is compatible with various devices and operating systems, including iPhones and iPads. It is designed to be a convenient and portable alternative to traditional braille displays, which are often more extensive and expensive.
As of January 16th 2023, DotPad is announced as a winner in the innovation category by CES 2023!
Here’s how DotPad acts like a boon for blind people that are trying to keep up in the digital world:
March: AI-Driven Vehicle Inspections
AI-driven vehicle inspections use artificial intelligence technology to perform vehicle inspections.
It can be done by using specialized cameras and sensors to gather data about the vehicle’s condition and then using machine learning algorithms to analyze the data and identify any problems or issues.
AI-driven vehicle inspections can be faster, more accurate, and more consistent than human inspections. They can identify many problems, including engine, transmission, suspension, tires, and other components.
The Ravin Inspect app, which has developed the world’s most advanced digital vehicle inspections has been included as TIME’s best invention of 2022.
April: DALL-E 2
DALL-E 2 is an artificial intelligence system that can generate images based on a given text description. It was developed by OpenAI and is an extension of the original DALL-E system, which was released in 2021.
DALL-E 2 is based on a transformer neural network and can generate many images, including objects, people, animals, and landscapes. It can generate highly detailed and realistic images and even create images of objects and scenes that do not exist in the real world.
DALL-E 2 has the potential to be used in a variety of applications, including graphic design, advertising, and visual arts.
Since the platform allows only selective people to utilize and understand how valuable it is, you may try similar tools like Stable Diffusion by Hugging Face and DreamStudio.
May: Production of Breakthrough Silicon Li-ion Battery Begins
The innovation says silicon has the potential to improve Li-ion batteries in several ways. One of the main benefits of silicon in Li-ion batteries is that it can increase capacity.
Silicon has a higher charge capacity than the carbon materials typically used in Li-ion batteries, which means it can store more energy within the same volume.
In September 2022, GDI also raised a whopping US$ 13.3 million to produce these silicon Li-ion batteries to attain higher energy and faster charging.
June: 3D Image Sensor for Automotive
In June 2022, Infineon launched the world’s first ISO26262-compliant high-resolution 3D image sensor for the automotive industry.
A 3D image sensor is a device that captures a three-dimensional image of a scene. For example, in the automotive industry, 3D image sensors are used to create a detailed representation of the environment around the vehicle.
It can be used for various purposes, such as collision avoidance, autonomous driving, and driver assistance.
3D image sensors work by using multiple cameras or sensors to capture images from different angles and then using algorithms to stitch the images together and create a 3D scene model.
Some common technologies used in 3D image sensors for automotive applications include stereovision, structured light, and time-of-flight (TOF) sensors.
July: Meta — Make A Video
What we are seeing is the rebranding and expanding of these virtual worlds of yesterday into the metaverses of tomorrow.
Dan Eckert, PwC Labs
2021 is the year Facebook rebranded itself as ‘Meta’, opened a new door to innovation, and brought metaverse possibilities to life for people.
‘One of its kind’ innovation by ‘one of a kind’ company. Meta AI claims to generate videos from mere texts using an AI system.
They are yet to get launched officially, but the research paper and how it works are available on their official website.
Here’s the first video that shows how technocrats think the innovation would work:
August: GitHub Copilot
AI-assisted coding platforms are the future for programming.
Well, the future is here! GitHub introduced and availed GitHub Copilot — An AI programmer to all developers.
It is an editor extension for programming that suggests the following line of code, complete methods, unit tests, boilerplate code, and algorithms too!
They announced the availability of Copilot as a plugin in March 2022 for Visual Studio IDE (Integrated Development Environment) only; later, their libraries support many such IDEs.
Go on, try the new tool today!
September: NVIDIA Released the GET3D Tool
On September 23rd 2022, NVIDIA officially launched GET3D software that takes the help of AI and forms various objects.
From virtual reality spaces to video games, this technology can revolutionize the definition of entertainment for humankind.
The library of GET3D is rich with resources; for game developers, this might work like a goldmine for creating an advanced and futuristic experience.
October: Murf 2.0
Murf is a seamless platform where creators, marketers, authors, and anyone who wants to create high-quality content with high-quality sound.
It doesn’t require a professional set-up or recording device. Instead, Murf is an AI-powered platform that’ll create high-quality life-like voice-overs for your content.
See how fantastic this tool is to use and play with:
November: Nanoparticles Fighting Cancer
In 2021, Suneet Dua, chief revenue and growth officer of products and tech at PwC, predicted that 2022 would show unprecedented growth and continued expansion for healthcare technology. Looks like he was right!
Nanoparticles are microscopic particles that measure between 1 and 100 nanometers in size. These particles have unique physical and chemical properties that make them useful for various applications, including cancer treatment.
One way nanoparticles can be used in cancer treatment is through targeted drug delivery. For example, nanoparticles can be designed to carry drugs directly to cancer cells, reducing the toxicity of the treatment and increasing its effectiveness.
Another way nanoparticles are used in cancer treatment is through photothermal therapy, where a specific type of light activates the nanoparticles to generate heat and kill cancer cells.
While we see great efforts in tech healthcare, cancer is still a disease that people think can’t be cured. So, let’s see how groundbreaking nanoparticle technology can be!
ChatGPT is a chatbot model developed by OpenAI that uses the GPT-3 language model to generate responses to user input.
It is designed to be able to converse with users naturally and engagingly. As a result, it can be used in various applications such as customer service chatbots, virtual assistants, and online tutors.
ChatGPT is trained on a large dataset of real-world conversations and can generate appropriate, relevant, and engaging responses.
It is one of the best inventions for the Marcom fraternity, who can think of ideas on their feet but struggle to put them into words!
This was the year 2022 through the lens of technological advancements and innovations. Some of these are known as technological breakthroughs in their industry since they pioneered and opened doors for many more revolutionary technologies.
From OpenAI to Meta, from mid-sized companies to big brands, they have worked towards generating and maintaining new tech because that’s the future.
The world is changing faster than we think towards the betterment of humankind, so brace yourselves, amigos; the ride could be bumpy but rewarding as well!
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