Tomorrowland: How NTU-made technologies are changing our future

  • By NTU HEY!
  • Posted 6 months ago
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How NTU-made technologies are changing our future

Star boost

Now

NTU’s latest space explorer, AOBA VELOX-III, is the first Singapore satellite to be launched from the International Space Station. It has a special microthruster that will keep it in orbit for twice as long as usual.

Future

Small space probes kitted out with microthrusters can be sent on low-cost exploratory space missions. NTU’s satellites could be the first to boldly go where no satellite has gone before!

Speedy sticks

Now
One of the fastest memory chips in existence can not only store data but also process it, as discovered by NTU’s Asst Prof Anupam Chattopadhyay with his German partners. Known as ReRAM, the memory chip also computes data faster than current processors.
 
Future
Any screen can be turned into a computer when you plug a memory card or USB thumb drive into it. This sure beats lugging a laptop around school all day!

Smart vision

Now
Smart cars are already plying NTU roads. They have a smart display that alerts drivers in advance to oncoming traffic, ongoing road works and roundabouts. Developed by Assoc Prof Guan Yong Liang and his team, the system also includes cameras mounted on traffic lights to identify jaywalkers and errant motorists.
 
Future
Smart cars – both self-driving and driven – can anticipate traffic in real time, figure out how many parking lots are available at their destination, and even switch traffic lights in their favour. Pedestrians using smart phones will be warned of oncoming vehicles and they’ll know exactly where their bus is and when it will arrive. Traffic offenders and jaywalkers, beware!
 

Raise the bar

Now
How do you know whether the item you bought is not a cheap knock-off made by a low-quality 3D printer? To help you tell the real from the fake, NTU’s Asst Prof Tran Anh Tuan has found a way to embed a unique code in products as they are printed. The 3D code works like the barcode on goods that verifies their authenticity and heritage.
 
Future
A simple scan can tell genuine parts from copycats, especially important when you are shopping for 3D-printed medical implants, aerospace parts and drones for recreation.
 
Story reproduced with permission from NTU’s magazine, HEY!, issue 31.

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