It’s been 22 years since Tom Cruise infiltrated a CIA vault suspended from a wire in the first Mission: Hopeless movie. This time, Cruise reprises his persona as secret agent Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible-Fallout, the sixth installment in the $2.8 billion-grossing sequence. Aside from its earworm theme song and stomach-clenching( and apparently bone-crushing) stunts, the dealership is perhaps best known for its futuristic gizmoes, often harbingers of tech to call. Our goal: consulting computer scientists, planetary physicists, designers, and biohackers to find out what’s actually achievable and what’s still, you are familiar, impossible.

Gecko Gloves

Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol
Hunt scales the exterior of the world’s tallest build squandering a duo of electronically powered gloves.
Analysis: In 2014, Stanford University researchers invented paddles that harness the science behind geckos’ sticky paws. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is developing “gecko grippers” capable of grabbing room dust.
Status: Mission accomplished

Smart Contacts

Ghost Protocol
Agent Hanaway pops in a contact lens with facial-recognition abilities.
Analysis: Augmented-reality-enabled smart contact lenses that superimpose information onto the user’s thought could be available in three to five years, predicts Aleksandr Shtukater, chairwoman of lens startup RaayonNova. Google, Samsung, and Sony all have smart contact lens patents.
Status: Possible

Voice-Altering Strip

Mission: Impossible III
Hunt masquerades an forearms trader exploiting voice-altering tech: a circuitry-embedded row that goes over his throat.
Analysis: It’s already probable to mock someone’s speech patterns squandering text-to-speech application. But a maneuver that constitutes your vocal parcel mimic someone else’s so your tone sounds like theirs? “That’s somewhat far out there, ” alleges Alan W Black, different languages technologies professor at Carnegie Mellon. More realistic: Edward Chang, a neurosurgeon at UC San Francisco, is developing a wireless machine to translate mentality signals into pronunciation exercising a singer synthesizer.
Status: Impossible–for now

Gait Recognition

Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation
Agent Dunn must bypass a gait-analysis security system, which IDs people by the way they go, to enroll a closely guarded power plant.
Analysis: Mark Nixon, a professor of computer image at the UK’s University of Southampton, developed a 3-D gait-recognition plan in 2008 that analyzes video to identify individuals by their strut. Now his newly improved organisation can ID a person from up to 100 feet away.
Status: Mission accomplished

Mag-Lev Suit

Rogue Nation
Agent Brandt dons a magnetic suit that–thanks to a magnet prepared on a remote-controlled vehicle below–levitates him above deadly fan blades.
Analysis: In 2009, scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab levitated mouse squandering a magnetic ringlet. But could the same science permit a human to hover? Perhaps. “The device would have to generate very large magnetic fields, like an MRI machine, ” does planetary physicist Kevin Grazier.
Status: Possible

Tracking Implants

Mission: Impossible-Fallout
Hunt expends a “dermal stitcher” to implant moving machines under people’s skin.
Analysis: Dozens of employees at Three Square Market, a Wisconsin tech company, volunteered to have microchips embed in their hands last year, allowing them to open their computers with a wave. But the relevant recommendations of moving person via a covert implant is impractical, tells Amal Graafstra, CEO of biohacking firm Dangerous Things. “Installing it is a need scalpels and spasms, and it was able to work at a very close range.”
Status: Impossible–for now

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