Skip to main content

Emerging Tech Features

Digital Trends picked the most innovative products of 2023.

The most innovative tech products of 2023

They're bold, unique, and sometimes wildly impractical. But the the most innovative tech products of 2023 all dared to be different.
An illustration shows how NASA's Habitable Worlds Observatory would measure the atmosphere of distant planets.

What comes after Webb? NASA’s next-generation planet-hunting telescope

Garmin Forerunner 955 Solar displaying pace information.

4 simple pieces of tech that helped me run my first marathon

Split image of Breaking Bad anime characters.

AI turned Breaking Bad into an anime — and it’s terrifying

Digital Trends CES 2023 Tech For Change Award Winners Feature

Digital Trends’ Tech For Change CES 2023 Awards

Best of CES 2023 Awards Our Top Tech from the Show Feature

Digital Trends’ Top Tech of CES 2023 Awards

acapela group voice cloning ad

This AI cloned my voice using just three minutes of audio

baseball hitter swings and misses

Meet the game-changing pitching robot that can perfectly mimic any human throw

Meta Quest Pro enables 3D modeling in mixed reality.

Don’t buy the Meta Quest Pro for gaming. It’s a metaverse headset first

image depicting AI, with neurons branching out from humanoid head

Why AI will never rule the world

A researcher looks at a protein diagram on his monitor

The next big thing in science is already in your pocket

the wikipedia logo on a pink background

Meta wants to supercharge Wikipedia with an AI upgrade

Artificial intelligence digital eye closeup.

Optical illusions could help us build the next generation of AI

Computer vision algorithms can't see optical illusions as we humans can -- and scientists are using that quirk to their advantage
An android touches a face on the wall in Ex Machina.

How will we know when an AI actually becomes sentient?

Many scientists and technologists believe AI will eventually become sentient. But how will we know when that happens? Currently, there's no good way to tell.
A person using Walletmor chip arm implant to make a payment.

Implantable payment chips: The future, or cyberpunk pipe dream?

Implantable payment chips are here -- enabling users to pay for things with a wave of their hand. Is this the wave of the future, or merely a flash in the pan?
Primeval Foods' lion burgers.

Tiger steaks and lion burgers: Lab-grown exotic animal meat is on the way

Most cellular meat startups focus on growing familiar foods (like beef and chicken) in a lab, but Primeval Foods has its sights set on something more exotic.
A woman's hand is held by a robot's hand.

Finishing touch: How scientists are giving robots humanlike tactile senses

Giving robots sight and hearing is fairly straightforward these days, but equipping them with a robust sense of touch is far more difficult.
brain with computer text scrolling artificial intelligence

Analog A.I.? It sounds crazy, but it might be the future

Digital transistors have been the backbone of computing for much of the modern era, but Mythic A.I. makes a compelling case that analog chips may be the future.
Annie Easley poses for a picture at NASA.

The most influential women in tech history

With their big ideas and clever inventions, these inspirational women left an indelible mark on the world and set us on a path to a brighter future.
Marie Curie In Her Laboratory.

10 female inventors who changed the world forever

The women on this list have risen above inequality, creating products and services that have truly changed the world.
astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have measured the amount of ozone in Earth’s atmosphere

Why the moon needs a space traffic control system

As interest in lunar exploration ramps up across the globe, scientists think we need a space traffic control system to avoid collisions and complications.
best series finales the newsroom finale

How 5G is changing journalism

A collaboration between The New York Times and Verizon has given rise to 5G journalism lab.
ClipDart founder, Kyle Parker.

ClipDart is an on-demand barber app aimed at people of color

Finding someone who can cut your hair is pretty easy -- unless you're a person of color who lives outside of a major city. ClipDart aims to fix that.
A student has a EEG Cap placed on his head.

Inside the U.K. lab that connects brains to quantum computers

Scientists at the University of Plymouth are in the early stages of developing tech that would allow humans to control quantum computers with their thoughts.
The Protect3d 3D scanning process.

Fighting football injuries with 3D-printed, hyper-personalized pads

Protec3d is on a mission to replace generic, one-size-fits-all football pads with 3D printed, hyper-personalized ones that offer more protection for players
BMW factory worker using robotic arm

The future of manufacturing: A look ahead to the next era of making things

The way we make things -- from cars to shoes to dental floss -- has changed dramatically over the past few generations. Here's what could change next.
Robot sand worm hawkes uc santa barbara

Part Terminator, part Tremors: This robotic worm can swim through sand

Remember the "Graboid" worm monsters from Tremors? Well, thanks to some brilliant engineering, there's now a robotic version that can burrow through sand.
brain network on veins illustration

Here’s what a trend-analyzing A.I. thinks will be the next big thing in tech

The "technology intelligence engine" uses A.I. to sift through hundreds of millions of documents online, then uses all that information to spot trends.
web tool estimates renewable potential wind turbines

The future of sustainability: A look at the next evolution of environmental tech

Sustainable energy tech has come a long way in the past decade, but we've still got a long road ahead if we hope to slow climate change. Here's what's next
HOLOPLOT Applications Darkmatter GRID

Who needs headphones? Holoplot can beam audio directly to your ears from afar

Thanks to a technique known as beamforming, it's possible to selectively deliver personalized audio directly to a single listener -- and only that listener.
Marty the Grocery Store Robot

The future of automation: Robots are coming, but they won’t take your job

The emergence of automated robots will likely not be the job killer for humans that many people fear.
mars 2020 perseverance rover

The sound of science: Why audio is the next frontier in Mars exploration

For most of human history, space exploration has been carried out with visual technologies like telescopes. Now, astronomers are turning to microphones
ai religion bot gpt 2 art 4

Read the eerily beautiful ‘synthetic scripture’ of an A.I. that thinks it’s God

Travis DeShazo fed an A.I. algorithm all of the world's major religious texts, and then trained it to spit out biblical-sounding synthetic scripture.
flow batteries california powerlines

Cailifornia has a blackout problem. Could giant flow batteries be the solution?

In an effort to address the state's summer blackout problem, California energy officials are investing in big, building-size batteries that can power cities

Emerging Tech News

Emerging Tech Products

Emerging Tech Guides

Emerging Tech Reviews