Top 5 Most Novel Pieces Of Technology You’ve Never Heard Of

-Today’s Tech 5 was made possible by the attendants of the digital age-


-Without further ado I bring you today’s Tech 5.

  • #5. Sony Rolly

-This is no ordinary Bluetooth speaker. With cool lights, flapping arms, two wheels and a unique shape this dancing robot/speaker hybrid thing is oozing with novelty. It packs within it’s egg shape, a G force sensor (accelerometer), rotating independent wheels, stereo speakers, 2gb of flash memory and programmable accoutrements! Yes you can program it via the Sony Rolly Choreographer software. 

-It doesn’t have to be programmed however. It will improvise for lack of a better word. I highly recommend watching YouTube videos on the Rolly, words don’t do it justice as they don’t for a lot of things. This is an old piece of technology, it released in 2007. No one knew of it then, and that still holds true today.

-Sony has since discontinued the Rolly, however you can still buy them online. This speaker makes for great party favors. Entertain guests or family with this little novel gadget!


  • #4. AlphaSphere

-The AlphaSphere is basically a sphere shaped MIDI controller with touch/pressure sensitive pads and LED lights all of which are programmable. It’s actually called The AlphaSphere Nexus Electronic MIDI Controller. The Future of musical instruments is now folks. This has that 2200 a.d. feel to it. You can hook it up to your computer and program the pads with whatever sound you want. 

-This novel instrument is brought to you by Nu-Design. It features 48 touch and velocity sensitive pads. The interface is the included software ‘AlphaLive’ however it can be used as a standalone MIDI controller.  It is also compatible with any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) setup, as well as DMX Lighting rigs for use as a performance tool.

The world of electronic music has continually evolved from the synthesizers of the 80’s to the Dubstep pads of today. This is indeed a novel evolutionary step in the right direction. As with the Sony Rolly, I encourage you to watch videos on it. The AlphaSphere with its neo-modernism and amazing design brings novelty into the “beat”  as it were.

  • #3. Solowheel

If you’ve never heard of Solowheel then I guess….you’ve never heard of it lol (to use instant message lingo). Follow along and learn how this tech is completely novel. From the picture above you’ve more than likely deduced what, in essence, the Solowheel is. This motorized unicycle has some revolutionary pieces of tech within it’s futuristic casing.

-The Solowheel features 3 axis gyrosensors and accelerometers working in conjunction with the soloware software and turning support technology. The soloware system performs functions for safety as well as auto balancing operations.  With turning support technology the Solowheel can detect a turn and automatically adjust it’s balancing algorithms. This quite frankly is impressive.

The Solowheel is an envisioned post modern, If I may, or futuristic transportation device. It’s also supposedly easier than it looks to operate.  Is it me or does this remind you of…… Gizmoduck!

Speaking of Robots… Kind of…

  • #2. The Nao Robot

-Meet Nao…This little humanoid robot looks the part of novelty wouldn’t you say? Nao was developed by a company called   Aldebaran Robotics, a French company. Nao started his journey in 2004. He has had 5 incarnations. It’s an advanced robot not very big that is also programmable.

-This robot has a sonar rangefinder, two infrared emitters and receivers, inertial board, nine tactile sensors and eight pressure sensors. 

-The sky’s the limit with the programming that can be done with this robot. It’s equipped with all sorts of Tech.  The OS powers the robot’s multimedia system, which includes four microphones (for voice recognition and sound localization), two speakers (for multilingual text-to-speech synthesis) and two HD cameras (for computer vision, including facial and shape recognition). 

-Since 2011 over 200 academic institutions have made use of Nao. Nao robots have even been used to teach autistic children who seem to connect with it’s child like ambiance. Over 5,000 robots are in use in over 70 countries.

-Aldebaran has revolutionized a particular section of robotics with their Nao robot. It’s available to consumers as well though not cheap. This novel little robot will set you back $8,000. 

-All Nao Academics versions feature an inertial measurement unit with accelerometer, gyrometer and four ultrasonic sensors that provide Nao with stability and positioning within space. It has up to 25 degrees of freedom, 4 direction microphones, bumper sensors, a strong grip and get this…In July 2015, Nao robots were shown to demonstrate a basic form of self-awareness in a philosophical experiment at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. 

-Suffice to say, The Nao Robot is something to which the modern consumer has no idea about. You won’t find this at Best Buy in other words. It remains novel nonetheless. 

  • #1. Microsoft HoloLens

-This is some straight up Iron-Man and or Minority Report stuff here folks. In my opinion this should be advertised during every commercial break on every channel. The HoloLens is the epitome of AR (augmented reality).

-Everyone seems to know what virtual reality (VR) is, with companies like Samsung and Sony pushing VR in the market. Augmented reality (AR), vr’s lesser known cousin, on the other hand is what’s brought to the table with Microsoft’s HoloLens. AR made strides in the mainstream with Pokemon Go. However that was a very limited form of Augmented Reality. The key to HoloLens lies in the glasses.

-These glasses pictured above are extremely novel and high tech. Imagine slipping these on and watching Netflix on your wall, you get up to go to the bathroom and the movie goes with you! Before we get more into that here’s the spec list for you spec geeks out there..

-Now that we have that out of the way let’s get down to the nitty gritty. If ever there were a cyber-punk product this is it. The HoloLens mixes reality with the virtual in a seamless new experience. Insider reports state that it isn’t perfect, it has minor glitches that Microsoft is smoothing out. As of right now, if you want that cyberpunk experience, be prepared to shell out $3,500. 

-There are countless possible applications for this product outside of the consumer space. Within the developer industry it’s uses seem endless. A developer could use this to view, in 3d space, a product he or she might be developing. And tweak it accordingly. See your video game landscapes and or characters as you develop them. It could be a useful tool in architecture and design, in the medical field, with technicians and electricians, land surveyors etc.

-Not to mention Minecraft! This is something to which any gamer can see the sheer awesomeness of Augmented Reality. Imagine getting visual instructions and diagrams in real space for repairing things like plumbing, automotive, air-conditioning and things of this nature. I can envision future classrooms using this for a more interactive learning experience. As previously stated the possibilities are only limited by our imaginations. This is a truly novel product. I hope the price comes down soon.

-This concludes our Tech 5 list for today, please leave your comment after the Beep…….. “BEEP”


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