CNN) -- From wearable technology to space tourism, 2014 will be a year of significant technological leaps. We take a look through some of the most ground-breaking expansion of the year ahead.
Electric powered vehicles take to the track
As the title suggests, Formula E is all about electric powered power. The appearance of this new petrol-free engine racing affray is an important step for both the vehicle and the natural environment. Two years ago motorsport's international governing body, the Federation International de l'Automobile (FIA), broadcast its determined design for an electric vehicle rush that would imitate the hugely well liked F1 series. As the arrival of equation E looms, professionals forecast that it could have a big impact on the future of car constructing.
Initially, the vehicles in the affray will be powered by enormous battery motors. Each electric battery weighs 200 kilograms, producing round 200 kilowatts of power. Depending on the hasten, the electric powered motors will last anywhere from a few hours to just 25 minutes and the vehicles can come to speeds of up to 220 kilometers per hour.
"If you gaze in the past, a lot of development in the vehicle industry has arrived from racing," said Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag. "The move of technology is potentially very big."
Space tourism blasts off
After a number of untrue starts and delays, Virgin Galactic is eventually ready to lift off in 2014. Billionaire Richard Branson's planned financial spacecraft underwent a thriving test air travel last year over California, making a financial launch this year a distinct possibility.
In September 2013, Branson's Virgin Galactic said Spaceship Two accomplished an important check, shattering the sound barrier as it ascended from 42,000 feet to 69,000 feet over the Mojave wasteland before descended utilizing its tilt-wing "feathering" maneuver. It was the second thriving driven air travel for Spaceship Two -- a home wares conceived to carry up to six passengers.
Initially, Virgin Galactic flights are arranged to be suborbital, but the hope is to take travelers farther into space as the new technology is perfected. Already, a owner of famous names have signed up to head into beside orbit encompassing Katy Perry, Stephen Hawking and Ashton Kutcher.
"We couldn't be more delighted to have another foremost supersonic milestone under our belts as we move in the direction of a 2014 start of financial service," said Branson after the check air travel last year.
Breeze power blows more powerful
As scientists gaze to find options to customary fossil fuels, a number of foremost tasks, including Cape breeze (in Massachusetts' Nantucket Sound) and Deepwater breeze (near Block isle, Rhode Island), are vying to become the first offshore wind farm in the U.S.
Two companies, Cape breeze and deepwater breeze, are vying to lead the way in offshore wind power in the U.S.
Alongside power from volcanoes, waves, biomass and the sun, breeze power is set to become a significant alternate energy source in 2014.
Are we eventually heading to Mars?
A new kind of engine, called the VASIMR (or Variable exact Impulse Magneto plasma Rocket) will be tested in space in March. If thriving it is approximated that it could decrease the time it takes to get to Mars from nine months to just three months. The expertise -- an "advanced plasma space propulsion system" -- will be checked by NASA on the International Space Station, taking the outlook of interplanetary exploration one step nearer.
Synthetic biology starts to augment
Marcus Fairs, the editor of dezeen.com, a highly influential online conceive publication, states that in his outlook 2014's most significant appearing technologies will be in the field of synthetic biology.
"This appearing field begun to strike the headlines at the end of last year and will be gigantic in 2014," Fairs state. "It engages the creation of new types of artificial life forms that present useful purposes. At the least significant scale it could mean man-made microbes that reside inside your body and notice illness; at the biggest scale it could mean synthetic animals that are issued into the wild to clean up pollution or strike parasitic species."
Google Glass, the wearable computing apparatus, is due to launch subsequent this year
Wearable expertise is on tendency
Wearable expertise discharged some initial warning shots in 2013 with the issue of the Samsung Galaxy Gear and Pebble smart watches, but this year will glimpse the arrival of a selection of really innovative wearable devices. Most notably, Google Glass is expected to launch this year, offering head-mounted computing that could, finally, make smart watches and wireless phones a thing of the past.
Beside Google's new high-tech crystal, Fairs says that in 2014 "technology will migrate up on the body as digital services are miniaturized and embedded in our apparel or damaged against our skin. We currently have Google Glass and wearable fitness trackers, but a huge array of services -- from wellbeing supervising to augmented information technology definition (telling you what's around you and assisting you navigate) will become commonplace."
Fairs points to apparel with in-built solar panels, devices that scan your body for infection, and self-repairing trainers as some of the more exciting wearable technologies on the beside horizon.
Tim Meyer, Head of Strategic designing and Communications at TRIUMF, Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics, agrees. "This year's Las Vegas CES show is revealing new wearable technology, but what we're going to see this year is the development and test-marketing of smart clothing, not just intelligent gadgets," Meyer states. "New fibers, new micro-sensors, and new communications protocols will permit your apparel to really work for you and assemble and process data. I suppose we'll glimpse some latest technology trend declarations first: apparel that change form or hue. Then we'll glimpse clothes that do computing; first step will be storing information. My socks will store today's to-do list."
The Large Hadrons Collider in Switzerland is due to start work next year, but physicists state that dark issue may be found out in 2014
Meyer furthermore believes that 2014 will be an important year for physics, particularly in seek for dark issue: "Dark issue is being sought for in everyone's sock drawer as well as deep below ground and with satellites. The below ground trials are expected to find certain thing before the Large Hadrons Collider turns back on to try "making" it. We could see a conclusive discovery of weakly interacting, massive dark issue particles this year. That will assault your mind."
Crowd-funding comes of age
Mid-way through 2014 new regulations (known as the JOBS proceed) will permit any person to purchase equity in start-ups through new online crowd-funding marketplaces. This will make it almost as very simple for persons to fund new expertise projects as it actually is to support a Kick starter task, bringing a inundate of new capital to fledgling tech companies. "The proficiency to aggregate a assortment of individuals round a widespread funding aim is absolutely game changing," Vince Molinari, founder and chief boss of barrier Technologies, an online trading company said.
With these new laws in place, the rapid expertise expansion of 2014 may be dwarfed by innovations in 2015 and after. Watch this space