1. Scientists at Disney Research have developed mind-blowing technology that can make pretty much anything — doorknobs, human skin, water — responsive to touch.

    Imagine a desk that’s all touch-sensitive, says VentureBeat's John Koetsier. How about a couch that automatically flicks on the TV when you sit down? Or a doorknob that locks when you tap it. Also consider a smart swimming pool that “detects a young child who can't swim,” says Extreme Tech's Anthony. “The possibilities of Touché are almost endless, and really rather exciting.