This Week In Future Tech (Roundup)

At Compute Midwest this November, an impressive lineup of experts will speak on exciting topics like augmented and virtual reality, space travel and world-changing transporation. Here's our roundup highlighting the best and most recent stories surrounding these future technoligies.

Augmented and Virtual Reality

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George Takei Featured in Actiongram

Microsoft released Actiongram for all HoloLens users, and its launch was kicked off by none other than Star Trek’s George Takei. The sci-fi icon features in the program that allows users to place characters over real-life scenarios using their headsets.

Yu-Gi-Oh Go?

Back in July, Niantic and Nintendo changed the game for augmented reality with Pokemon Go. Now developers are taking it a step further. Gold Team Productions are working on bringing the popular card game Yu-Gi-Oh! to life via HoloLens. Check out this video to see how it works.

Network Problem: VR Not Found

While we’re waiting for tech like the HoloLens to hit mass market, suggests we should be developing the infastructure to support it. This article details what needs to happen to create broadband networks to make VR a feasible technology.

Reshaping Retail Reality

Of the many real-world implications of VR and AR, a major impact of the technology could be seen in retail. The Harvard Business Review documents further how retailers can implement it into the shopping experience.

Space Travel

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T - 4 Years

The launch of NASA’s Mars 2020 rover is still four years away, but the space agency took a step closer to lift-off yesterday. They awarded launch services for the mission to United Launch Alliance after a competitive procurement. The launch is set for July 2020. For more on the mission to Mars, check out our recent post on what we will learn from the trip.

Looking Forward

Following the explosion of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket last week, a number of critics have resurrected their concerns regarding private space travel. Greg Autry from penned an op-ed urging the support of SpaceX and their committment to moving the needle forward in the face of failure.

Mars Gets Its Close-Up

Although it’s new and improved cousin is set to join the party on Mars soon, NASA’s Curiosity rover continues to provide new information on the red planet. Most recently, these incredible photos. Take a look, and note the similarities between its mountainous regions and those of places on Earth, such as Utah and South Dakota.

Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before...Kind Of

Those who consume sci-fi on a regular basis can’t help but look for where the fictional tech from their favorite movies and shows overlaps with reality. In this article, does just that by taking a look at the similarities between the voyages in Star Trek more than 50 years ago and the space travel plans NASA has in store over the coming years.



Lights. Camera. Hyperloop.

SpaceX is setting its sights on the ground for now, as Elon Musk begins tests on his Hyperloop technology. As seen in our post about a Hyperloop-filled future, the technology shoots pods filled with passengers at speeds faster than that of an airplane. Musk will be testing a mile long track set to carry pods created by college students for the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Design Competition.

Hyperloop Goes East

While SpaceX tests its track in Los Angeles, there are talks to set up shop in Asia as well. The Central Government of India is asking Musk to run a pilot project of the Hyperloop between Mumbai and Pune, using a nearby highway to guide it.

Free Labor? Not Quite

In an interview with, founder and CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Dirk Ahlborn details the unique way his company is funding its construction. Alhborn said he asked for volunteers to work a minimum of ten hours a week in exchange for stock options rather than wages, receiving hundreds of applicants in the process.

The Original Hyperloop

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it - but this time it may be a good thing. dug up a tube-based transporation similar to the Hyperloop that carried packages and people beneath the streets of London in the late 1800s, but eventually fell to the wayside. For more on the past influence on the Hyperloop, check out our story here.

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