Recently I have started to think that innovative technology is really starting to pick up the pace. An article in The Economist this week talked about the fact that consumer goods used to be derived from military technology and sited The Internet as an example. Now, it says that consumer goods are leading the way. And some of this technology is giving individuals powers that only large companies or governments would have had in the past.
In September 2011 American Jonathan Trapp tied helium filled balloons to an arm chair and crossed the alps. The E also mentioned that a guy from Brooklyn as sent a video camera into space using helium balloons and tracked it after landing using an iPhone.