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BYUH students say 2021 tech and next 2022 tech are exciting but sometimes unnecessary

BYUH students say 2021 tech and next 2022 tech are exciting but sometimes unnecessary


A smart face mask.

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A toilet that listens to people’s voices, a gaming system that warms chicken wings, and an autonomous drone that monitors people’s homes are just a few of the nifty gadgets coming out in 2022.

Toilet smarts


In Tom’s Guide, Mike Prospero writes that artificial intelligence is making its way into the bathroom. He says manufacturing company Kohler launched the Numi 2.0 smart toilet in 2019. The $8,000 toilet features built-in Amazon Alexa, color-changing LED lights, speakers, heated seat, bidet and a clothes dryer, says Prospero.

Kohler’s website says people can even program their toilets to suit their individual heat and light preferences, creating the perfect poo environment for everyone in the house.

However, Camila Aguado, a freshman from Mesa, Arizona, majoring in biology, said she would never buy a toilet that shines and she sees no need for a toilet that connects to Alexa. “Why connect it to Alexa to play music if you can already use your phone? »

Futurist Bernard Marr says on his tech blog that Kohler’s smart toilet might just be the start of toilet technology. He writes about toilets being created around the world that measure everything from blood oxygen levels to urine output to detect bladder health issues and heart failure.

He says there is also an iToilet that adjusts the height and angle of the toilets to accommodate the elderly and disabled.

Aguado said she thinks toilets that detect health issues are a more useful avenue for the restroom industry. She suggested creating toilets that adjust the amount of water flushed to the amount of urine in the bowl. She added that she would be more inclined to buy a toilet that measures her health than a toilet that lights up.

Emma Ball, a freshman from Grace, Idaho, majoring in exercise and sports science, said she liked the idea but didn’t think it was worth it. “I can do my thing on a toilet that’s $50,” she said.

Kentucky Fried Game


Cooler Master’s website states, “Forged from the fires of Kentucky Fried Chicken ovens and built by Cooler Master from the ground up, there’s never been a tastier way to experience the latest titles.”

Forbes’ Erik Kain explains that KFC has partnered with Cooler Master to combine chicken and gaming. They created a bucket-shaped PC game console that uses the console’s natural heat to warm Kentucky Fried Chicken.

The console is more of a custom PC, Kain writes, with more impressive specs than the PS5 or Xbox Series X. Alt Char’s Merima Dzakic says the “KFConsole,” referring to the game system, will be available on December 10 2021 .

Henglong Sun, a freshman from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, majoring in computer science, said he liked the idea of ​​having snacks nearby and hot while he played. He added that when he really enjoys playing a game, he usually doesn’t want to move to eat. “Have something [I] can pop out and eat in just a minute or two…it’s super good.

Collider’s Dave Trumbore says the console should cost around $2,000. Sun said he wants more gaming products to be more affordable, so people who have money aren’t the only ones enjoying them.

The smartest mask in the world


Gaming company Razer has announced on its “Project Hazel” website the waterproof “Zephyr Mask,” which is what it calls the world’s smartest face covering. The website says the mask includes replaceable surgical filters and rechargeable fans that keep the person wearing the mask and the air they breathe clean. The mask even has its own charging box that cleans the mask as it charges, the website says.

He explains that the mask is clear, so people can see other people’s faces through it, and when it gets dark, automatic lights come on to show your mouth. The mask even offers millions of different light colors to match the person’s outfit.

The gadget also has voice amplification technology with a built-in microphone and speakers, the website says.

Razor Inc. design director Charlie Bolton explains in a promotional video for the mask that his team designed it to be safe, social, durable, comfortable and personalized. “Project Hazel is our answer to what may be the smartest mask in the world.”

ShackNews’ TJ Denzer says the “Zephyr Mask” was released in October 2021 and can be purchased for $99.99.

Kaela Olsingch, a freshman from Wildomar, Calif., who is currently majoring in psychology, said she liked the mask cleaning itself because she doesn’t like the hassle of cleaning her mask. “The masks get really dirty and nobody wants to clean them. It’s just too much work. However, she said she didn’t see the need for a smart mask. “I don’t know how much longer [people are] going to have to wear face masks.

Aguado said she understands the value for those who are deaf behind the lights that illuminate people’s mouths. “For someone who relies on lip reading to communicate, I can see where it can help,” she explained. For any other purpose, however, Aguado added, the lights are scary.

After hearing the price, Ball said she would consider buying the mask. “I feel like with everything it has to offer, it’s cheap,” she said.

SECURITY BOTS


Spy.com’s Timothy Beck Werth states that in September 2021, Amazon announced three new robot-like gadgets. One is the Ring Always Home Cam, a security drone that flies autonomously around the buyer’s home with a camera.

Customers can connect their phone to the drone to watch footage of their home from their screen, Werth writes. He says the camera is covered when not in use and customers can control when the drone starts filming.

The other robot is Astro from Amazon. It walks through a person’s home with a camera and includes a video screen for security and keeping in touch with family, Werth writes.

Both of these robotic products are introduced to a limited number of customers, whom Amazon will invite to try out the robots for a fee.

BYU-Hawaii students might not have access to it for a number of years, but in a few years, students might see an Astro rolling through the McKay halls.

Sun said he didn’t like the idea of ​​a robot walking around his house because while he likes the convenience of some technology, he thinks a robot like this is going a bit too far. . “I always want to be able to do things, not let a robot do everything for me.”

Atomically clean energy


According to World Nuclear News, as fusion technology continues to advance, Helion has accelerated its efforts to build the world’s first commercially viable fusion power plant by 2022. The plant will model how the sun creates energy, explains the article, because it does not use any fossil fuel. , minimizes waste and produces zero carbon emissions.

Eric Wilkinson of King 5 reports, “Fusion technology…works much like a star produces energy by fusing hydrogen and helium together under a great amount of pressure. Simply put, Helion plans to take two atoms of so-called “heavy water” and crush them at temperatures ten times hotter than the sun to produce energy that will power [the] world without waste, without radiation and without carbon.”

Wilkinson reports that Washington State Governor Jay Inslee attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the energy facility in July. He says the governor said, “We are seeing the birth of a new clean energy industry here in Washington. This promise that is Helion could be, when they do this work, changing the world.

The news site said Helion opened an electric smelting plant called Polaris in Everett, Washington in July 2021.

Davaadorj Sukhbaatar, a second-year finance student from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, said air pollution is a huge problem in Mongolia and he likes energy sources to get cleaner. “It’s a good thing. Technology has many positive impacts, especially on the environment, human health and animals.”