Remember watching futuristic movies with video calls? We wondered: Would that really come to pass? It seemed like magic. Now, Google hangouts and Skype calls are an everyday phenomena. What seems like magic at first, becomes commonplace once it’s a part of our day-to-day lives.

We’ve come across two new technologies that do feel as if a little magic is involved.

UBeam. Ubeam was invented by astrobiology student, Meredith Perry, who came up with the idea for her alma mater’s innovation competition. She decided the world would be a better place if it were 100% cord-free. She learned to manipulate sound waves, creating just the right vibrations to power home electronics using a form of energy called piezoelectricity. As Ubeam technology continues to develop, the details are top secret. However, by the time Perry rounded up the investors she needed, Ubeam created the piezoelectricity required to transmit power as far as three feet.

Meredith Perry

Perry demonstrating uBeam at All Things Digital. Source: npr.org

Compare that new technology with the Nest.

Nest. The Nest thermostat is designed to determine when you’re home and when you’re away, and then adjusts your thermostat settings accordingly. Heating and cooling homes can comprise as much as 50% of a home’s total energy consumption so finding ways to cut down on heating/cooling usage is an eco-friendly advancement. You spend the first week changing the thermostat to your desired temperature settings throughout the day. Nest “gets to know you” from there. It will even tell you when your filter needs to be changed.

Nest thermostat

Nest thermostat. Source: nest.com

What do you think?

Does all new technology seem like magic to you? Contact Leslie Saul & Associates Architecture and Interiors to incorporate new technology into your Boston private home or commercial designs.