Innovators: And now for something amazing

The technology of tomorrow — and the people making it

When was the last time you laid your hands on a new innovation, tried it out, and were truly amazed? Maybe it’s your first time driving a Tesla, hearing Dolby Atmos, or gaming in VR. In a landscape littered with incremental improvements and upgrades, it’s those wow moments that we really remember. In the Innovators series, Digital Trends goes behind the scenes with people on the cutting edge of innovation, to see how they do it.

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Wearables

Focals succeed where Google Glass fumbled (but do we really need smartglasses?)

It’s been seven years since Google took the wraps off Google Glass. Now, we’re finally getting a modern-day equivalent we want to wear. North’s Focals combine subtle style with an intuitive interface to craft smartglasses you’ll…
Emerging Tech

Meet the Icon A5: a high-tech airplane that anyone can fly

Prior to hopping inside the Icon A5's cockpit, I had never set foot inside a single-engine aircraft -- let alone flown one. But thanks to some amazing design and technology, this plane is somehow so easy that I was able to fly it with just…
Emerging Tech

IBM’s latest A.I. can help doctors detect how quickly a disease is progressing

IBM has developed a probabilistic A.I. that can be used to predict how a range of diseases -- including diabetes, Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s -- are likely to develop.
Outdoors

We tried a pair of foam snowshoes, and now we're hooked

Crescent Moon surprised everyone when it released an all foam snowshoe last year, and now it’s back with a new and improved version -- which we've been testing for the past few weeks. Is it the most brilliant idea ever or the absolute…
Music

Fender’s Acoustasonic guitar uses advanced tech to become a tonal chameleon

From shredding distortion to a soft and supple fingerstyle, Fender's latest guitar innovation is an acoustic/electric hybrid that allows guitar players to dial in the widest possible range of tones.
Emerging Tech

Meet Wiliot, a battery-less Bluetooth chip that pulls power from thin air

A tiny chip from a semiconductor company called Wiliot could harvest energy out of thin air, the company claims. No battery needed. The paper-thin device pulls power from ambient radio frequencies like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cell signals.
Emerging Tech

Taste test: The new Impossible Burger is a triumph of food engineering

Impossible Foods is back with a new-and-improved plant-based burger, and we got a chance to try it out at CES 2019. Suffice it to say that our minds were blown by the Impossible Burger 2.0.
Features

Transformers for your feet. 21st-century design creates an all-condition shoe

Comfortable and functional shoes are essential on outdoor adventures. Typically, you need rugged hiking boots, breathable shoes for hot days, and something comfortable to wear around the campfire. Or you could just bring these.
Computing

To put a quantum computer on your desk, Intel has a plan unlike any other

Quantum computers, once they become common, will solve difficult problems far more quickly than current PCs. That could threaten a chipmaker like Intel, but it’s researching how to turn its knowledge of silicon production to its…
Home Theater

How do you re-create the air-ripping launch of 11,000-hp dragsters? Dolby Atmos

Dolby and the NHRA have been working together to produce live drag races in spine-chilling Dolby Atmos. We went behind the scenes at a recent race in Las Vegas to see how it’s done.
Computing

Inside a Bitcoin mine, fans, silicon, and frigid temperatures keep crypto pumping

Ever wondered what it's like inside a bitcoin mine? Us too -- so we packed up our cameras, threw them in the trunk, and drove up to Wenatchee, Washington to check one out. Check out the video to get an inside look!
Computing

Inside the Intel lab that put a legit gaming desktop in the palm of your hand

Intel’s Next Unit of Computing, or NUC, has worked hard to miniaturize desktops over the last six years. Now, with the help of AMD’s Vega, its taking pint-sized performance to the next level.
Home Theater

DirecTV wants to make 4K HDR sports par for the course. Here’s how it’ll work

Live sports broadcast in 4K HDR represents a landmark achievement for the new standard in television, and DirecTV is not only delivering it to subscribers, but doing its part to help the industry move forward.
Features

Inside the tech behind Marvel Universe Live’s ‘Age of Heroes’ stunt show

Marvel Universe Live puts dozens of your favorite characters from the Marvel Universe into an exciting live stunt show put on by Feld Entertainment, the production company behind the Ringling Bros. circus. The show runs until Spring 2019.
Emerging Tech

Inside the high-tech labs that make sure your legal marijuana is safe

Just as your bottle of beer is tested and labeled for alcohol content before it makes it to the grocery store, legalized marijuana undergoes rigorous testing before it appears in a safe, accurately labelled jar at your local dispensary…
Music

Watch: IBM uses artificial intelligence to make music with Phony Ppl

IBM's artificial intelligence program Watson Beat uses digital audio from users to composes original music based. We brought that technology to futuristic R&B group Phony PPL to see if actual musicians could find a cool way to use it.
Outdoors

They’re real. We slipped on Nike’s HyperAdapt 1.0 self-lacing sneakers

At Nike's showroom in New York City, we tried on Nike's highly anticipated self-lacing shoes, Hyperadapt 1.0. Tiffany Beers, senior innovator at Nike, spoke with us about its creation and how the future Hyperadapt sneakers may look.
Emerging Tech

Starship Technologies’ cute sidewalk drones will roll into London soon

Starship Technologies is bringing drone delivery back down to earth with a fleet of six-wheeled robots that deliver goods on the ground. Tests will start soon in London, and in Washington, D.C..