While devices with Wi-Fi and touchscreens have become a constant presence in our everyday lives, engineers are working to expand our idea of what these technologies can really do. From the wonders of molecular gastronomy to the immersive experience of 4KTV to the jaw-dropping advances in propulsion tech, this video series only touches the surface of how technology can improve our lives at home, work, and play. Here, we round up the best of Chevrolet's adventures in Driving Ingenuity.
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Get ready for a totally immersive experience. With 4K televisions, also known as Ultra HD TVs, you'll be able to view programs at four times the resolution of regular HD TVs. Although the average price tag on a 4KTV is steep, some forward-thinking retailers have begun to develop options that will make this technology much more accessible. Whether you're a TV junkie, sports fan, or gamer, this can only be good news.
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Molecular gastronomy is changing the way we prepare food. The techniques are being used to create exciting menu items on top-notch menus, but new innovations in kitchen gadgets are allowing everyday cooks to utilize similar techniques at home, too. This device is being developed by restaurant Booker + Dax and is known as The Searzall -- it's essentially a power-broiler that allows chefs to create a perfectly golden sear on delicate foods like scallops or foie gras without overcooking.
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From GPS watches to fitness apps, technology has changed the game for sports on both the amateur and professional level. In fact, athletes and trainers all over the world have embraced technological advancements to help them evaluate players on and off the field. This device, called the Adidas miCoach, is a fitness tracker used by the Los Angeles Galaxy. It measures heart rate, distance, acceleration, calories burned, and sleep patterns -- and streams all of this data in real time to the coach's tablet.
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These days, touchscreens are ubiquitous, incorporated into most smartphones and tablets. Engineers are working to make these technologies even more intuitive and widespread. This device, known as the Emulator, is being used to innovate the electronic music industry. This device -- which has been featured at music festivals like Coachella and the Electric Daisy Carnival -- not only replaces a DJ's turntables, mixers, and other hardware, but it can also control lighting and video. Watch out, because touch is taking over.
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Thanks to technologies like speech recognition and artificial intelligence, cutting-edge companies are raising the bar for interactive toys. In the Anki Drive racing game, these miniature cars can sense their surroundings and drive themselves. The cars develop their own personalities: they're customizable, and they will adapt to their surroundings the more you play. Now kids (and adults) are having more fun than ever.
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WiFi technology has changed the way we function in our everyday lives. These days, wireless connections allow us to use phones, tablets and laptops, but with 5G on the horizon, we'll see improved connectivity, making new WiFi-enabled products more commonplace in the future. With increased bandwidth, you'll be able to roam more freely with devices and take advantage of their interconnectivity within your home.
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In simple terms, propulsion is the creation of force that leads to movement, but with today's technological and engineering advances, we're able to move ships across the ocean and put spacecrafts in the sky. It takes 6,800,000 pounds of force to propel spacecrafts into orbit, but on an everyday level, developments in propulsion have led to scientific advancements in your very own car. The Chevrolet Volt's propulsion engine brings a powerful technology down to earth, resulting in a more fuel-efficient ride. With advances in electric power, there's no telling what the future of automotive propulsion will bring: cars running on hydrogen fuel cells, solar power, and even nuclear power one day.
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Sensors are used in home security systems, video games and more. However, technologists are working on ways to revolutionize sensor technology for the automobile and film industries, as well. Sensors allow us to enjoy life-like animations via game consoles and special effects on the big screen. They can also help drivers park their cars and detect when a collision may be imminent. Chevrolet's available Side Blind Zone Alert uses radar sensors to warn drivers when it may not be safe to change lanes, alerting them to movement in their blind spots.* Its available Forward Collision Alert technology uses a camera-based system to warn you when a possible crash is at hand. *DISCLAIMER: Before making a lane change, always check the Side Blind Zone Alert display, check the side and inside rearview mirrors, look over your shoulder for vehicles and hazards, and start the turn signal.