Imagine the year is 2021…
Our cars are self-driving, Richard Branson launched his “supersonic” airline that allows passengers to travel from New York to London in only three hours and my Tennessee Titans have finally won their first Super Bowl. Ah, the future looks bright!
Most importantly, the tools we’ve always dreamed of, or have never thought of, are being released. And the world of tools as we know it has changed drastically.
Alright, alright. I know it’s only 2016. But it’s quiet around here today and I wanted to have a little fun.
Technology is evolving like no other. I remember growing up playing Pitfall on Atarti and now, I play virtual reality on my PS4.
The world is changing as we know it and so is our industry. New tools come out yearly but what will our tools look like in the future? I love coming up with inventions in my free time.
So here’s my take on the power tools of the future:
**Disclaimer: These are my personal ideas, drawings and concepts. They are in no way affiliated with any manufacturers, though I did predict who would be most likely to come out with each tool. I also don’t proclaim myself as the next Vincent van Gogh. This post is for entertainment only and I hope you enjoy it.
- Milwaukee One-Key M18 Pressure-Sensitive Angle Grinder
Milwaukee gave us the first real glimpse into the future of tools when they launched their “One-Key” platform. For those that don’t know, Milwaukee’s One Key tools will sync with your phone and allow you to do a number of things through their app, like track your tool, adjust RPMs and more.
One of the biggest complaints I hear from project managers when it comes to grinding is that their guys go through their abrasive wheels too quickly because “they don’t know how to use them.”
So what if Milwaukee released a grinder that could sense when you’re using too much pressure on the wheel?…A grinder that would beep when your pressure is causing you to eat away at your abrasive discs? And why not give the project manager the ability to track how much pressure is being used and have the ability to make the tool switch off automatically when the tool beeps using the app?
When the abrasives last longer, you spend less on consumables. And when you’re spending less, you’re making more!
2. Black & Decker 20V Bluetooth Speaker Drill
I don’t know about you, but I work much better when I have my favorite tunes playing. Last week, I was working in my backyard and had my bluetooth speaker bumping. I had to make some cuts so I took out my reciprocating saw. But as soon as I pressed the trigger, my music was gone.
Some tools are so loud that you just can’t hear the music over them unless the speaker is directly next to you. Of course, if you have an extremely loud speaker, you can then hear your music. But it will be so loud that your neighbors will despise you.
So what if Black & Decker produced a line of tools that had bluetooth capabilities, and had speakers on the actual tool? This could just be the premier line of homeowner-grade tools of the future!
3. Dewalt FLEXVOLT 60V Pressure Washer
This year, Dewalt’s FLEXVOLT line brought us tools with enough power to outperform corded tools. As FLEXVOLT continues to progress, I’m sure we will see more and more tools released in this line.
I personally would love to see Dewalt release a FLEXVOLT pressure washer. I hate having to use gas for tools. The fumes get me dizzy and when it comes to pressure washers, it’s a pain in the butt to have to lug it around the house. Most pressure washers can be rather heavy…But what if FLEXVOLT’s technology could bring us a cordless pressure washer? The battery could attach to the wand itself, and then all you’d have to deal with is the hose.
4. Makita 18V Cordless Jobsite Cooler
There’s nothing worse than warm beer.
Earlier this year, I ran into this issue when I went to a tailgate. I volunteered to bring the cooler but when we got to the stadium, I realized I forgot to bring ice! Within an hour of sitting in the Florida sunshine, our beer was warm.
My tailgate was equipped with cordless fans and a cordless speaker. And that’s when I thought to myself, what if there was a cooler that would stay cold with the use of a battery? Simply add a base of water to the bottom of the cooler, attach your battery, add your favorite drinks to the cooler and watch as the water cools up, keeping your drinks ice cold. And while we’re at it, let’s make this thing bluetooth-capable and add speakers to the front so we can play music, add a beer bottle opener to the lid (though we do not recommend consuming alcohol on the job) and even make the lid solar powered. I present to you, cold beer (and water).
5. Bosch Solar Powered Batteries
The biggest complaint I’ve heard about cordless tools is that the batteries don’t last. But Bosch could keep our cordless tools running all day (as long as the sun is out), as they announce their solar powered batteries! There’s not much explanation needed. These would instantly change the minds of those skeptical of switching over to cordless, as this will give you the ability to keep your tools running all day.
Again, none of these tools could ever be released…and some of you might be saying “none of these are even possible”…But anything is possible with a few great engineers. And I, for one, am excited to see what the future of tools holds!
What are your ideas for tools of the future?