About 2,500 years ago, during the Persian Empire, an angel told the prophet Daniel, "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased" (Daniel 12:4). We are seeing a dramatic fulfillment of this in our day. Recent inventions include the following:
A new device beams movies and video games directly into the wearer's eyeballs ("Meet Glyph," CNN, Feb. 5, 2014). The Glyph headset, which plugs into any mobile or entertainment device, uses a set of 2 million microscopic mirrors -- 1 million per eye -- that reflect visuals, including 3D, into the user's eye.
A new diving suit will allow men to descend to a depth of 1,000 feet, compared to the 200 feet currently allowed by scuba diving gear ("This 500-Pound Metal Suit," Business Insider, Mar. 3, 2014). The 530-pound Exosuit can operate underwater for up to 50 hours, has thrusters on the feet for propulsion and maneuvering, and can transmit high-definition video to a surface vehicle.
A new music system learns what music you like and when you like it ("Cone: A Speaker that Knows What You Want to Hear Before You Do," Gizmodo, Mar. 3, 2014). Called Cone, the system uses sophisticated artificial intelligence software to learn your listening tastes. "If you listen to NPR in the mornings in the kitchen, Cone will know to play that rather than music. If you're particularly prone to instrumental electronic tracks while you work every afternoon, it'll learn that too. It might suggest something else if it's raining, say, or if you turn up a particular song. The more you use it, the smarter it gets."
An Israeli company founded by a former special forces officer has invented a device to get water out of air ("Israeli Company Produces Water," The Blaze, Mar. 29, 2014). Water-Gen, which has sold its Atmospheric Water Generator Units to seven militaries, including the U.S. and Israel, was recently named one of the world's 10 most innovative Israel-based companies.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first bionic arm controlled by signals from the brain. Funded by DARPA, the research branch of the Pentagon, "the DEKA can perform such delicate tasks as zipping up a coat, unlocking a door with a key or handling an egg without breaking it" ("FDA Approves 'Star Wars' Bionic Arm," CNN, May 13, 2014).
A heart surgeon at New York-Presbyterian Hospital used a 3D-printed heart model to plan a surgery on a two-week-old infant ("NY Doctor Uses 3D-Printed Heart," Business Insider, Oct. 8, 2014). By means of the model, Dr. Emile Bacha could see the actual condition of the heart before surgery and thus plan exactly what he needed to do. The 3D heart was fashioned by a company called Materialise using the baby's MRI data.
(Friday Church News Notes, October 17, 2014, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)