The space shuttle will carry a 3-D printer to the space station for the purpose of creating tools needed there. Is this something like a replicator on Star Trek? This isn't the first case of science fiction leading the way to innovative, scientific technologies.
But wait there is more...View this TED video about a 3D printer that uses living cells to output a transplantable kidney. Using similar technology, Dr. Atala's young patient Luke Massella received an engineered bladder.
3D printers are becoming more reasonable in price and they may soon find their way into schools. It is technology such as the 3D printer that is stimulating our students to pursue STEM courses in science, technology, engineering, and yes, mathematics.
What emerging technologies have you read about that may find their way into education?
wearable technology (such as wearable vests that let players feel sensations and actions that occur in video games)
3D printing (as mentioned in the initial discussion)
flexible displays (paper-like computer display made almost entirely of plastic; this technology consumes less power than computer displays; displays become more portable leading to increased applications, such as electronic paper and signage)
augmented reality (uses technology to blend the real world with interactive and enhanced content)
What do you think of these possibilities and their impact on education in the classroom?