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.
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
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.