Sci-fi gadgets that really exist

Technologies which appeared as mere figment of imagination dominate our lives these days. In celebration of National Science Day (February 28) here are some sci-fi gadgets to add a bit of geekiness to your life 

World’s Smallest Camera Drone

The world’s smallest camera drone, named Skeye Nano Camera Drone, is just 5-inches (4 cm) wide and can fly up to heights of 165 feet (50 m). The tiny drone can flip and tumble mid-air, while capturing images using its on-board camera. It weighs a mere 0.5 oz (14 g) — roughly the same as an empty Coke can. A fully charged battery gives four minutes of flight time.

Smartphone Coffee Machine

Coffee lovers can now create the ultimate personalised coffee from the comfort of their own sofa, thanks to the world’s first fully integrated smart connected bean-to-cup coffee machine. The stunning new state-of-the-art PrimaDonna Elite from De’Longhi allows you to create, personalize and deliver your perfect coffee straight from a Bluetooth-enabled app on your mobile device, wherever you are in the home. It can create hundreds of different varieties of coffee-based drinks all from one machine.

Gogoro Smartscooter

The Gogoro Smartscooter uses a battery-swap programme, where the user can swap a dead, or low-running, battery at a roadside kiosk for a fully charged battery. The bike features apps that find battery kiosks, analyze the rider’s behavior and determine what is best for their smartscooter’s energy consumption. A zero-emissions scooter, it can reach a maximum speed of 60 mph (100 kph).


Lifted by 36 high-power electric ducted fans and fitted with onboard sensors, Arca Space Corporation’s ArcaBoard can rise up to one foot (30 cm) above the ground and can power along at speeds up to 12.5 mph (20 kph). A fully charged ArcaBoard powers a flight time of about six minutes.

Nail Art Robot

The Nailbot machine gives the freedom to print instant pictures, designs and emojis directly onto finger nails — all in the comfort of home. Made by Preemadonna, the Bluetooth-enabled machine connects to the user’s smartphone using the Preemadonna app. Users can select the desired design from their phones, and get it printed on their nails in less than five seconds.

Washable Smartphone

Kyocera, a Japanese company, has developed the world’s first washable smartphone — the Digno Rafre. It is water-proof, dust-proof, shock-resistant and can be hand-washed with soap and water. On top of that, scratch healing paint on the back means the phone can ‘self-heal’ from everyday shallow scratches. The Digno Rafre, which will run Android 5.1 (Lollipop), is 10.1 mm thick and has a 5-inch, 720p display with a 13-megapixel camera. It features a special touch screen that will work even when wet and also has smart sonic receivers to prevent the speakers from being damaged during the washing process.

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