There are so many new and emerging technologies it's impossible to keep up. One of the these technologies that has seen some massive innovation in the last little bit is, 3D printing.
Have you ever been lonely and wanted to make yourself a friend? Have you ever needed a product design, like NOW? Have you ever just wanted to create 3D objects from a computer design? Well you're dreams may become a reality now.
3D printing is a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of any shape from a digital model. So basically you design something in 3D and these machines create it right in front of you. Pretty crazy. For example, you want to make some headphones? Well here you go. Don't believe it? Here's the materials list and instructions to do it yourself.... if you have a 20,000 3D printer of course. (It's not cheap)
Not only is 3D printing an innovation in and of itself, the doors it opens for prototyping advances technology is through the roof. With the ability to prototype anything faster than ever before, new innovations could go from idea to design quicker, speeding up product innovation even more (CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY).
I've personally seen this process in real life. I haven't seen the actual printer but I have seen a somewhat complex idea go from whiteboard to actual prototype in a week. Innovation is spreading like the common cold these days. New products and technologies seem to be emerging everyday. Who knows what kind of technology will be out there for the mass population even in just 1 year. Turn around time is speeding up so production and design don't need to take as long anymore. I can't even fathom how fast tech will change in 5 years.