Welcome to the NANO Supermarket: the only supermarket that stocks the next dimension. The products you’ll find on the shelves sit outside the boundaries of our perceived normality. Innovative and bewildering in nature, they offer an insightful, if unsettling insight into what the future holds for new technology.
Nanotechnology is a field of science that manipulates properties on an atomic and molecular level. Essentially it is engineering on a miniscule scale. Atoms and molecules are amongst the smallest particles in the world, with scientists working on a scale of a billionth of a metre. It is technology that allows to us to change the very make up of what humans as a race consider natural.
The Supermarket is an old mobile affair, an SRV truck holding speculative products for customers to shop, see and taste in order to experience the enormity of the impact nanotechnology could have on everyday life. Interactive wall paint, which changes colour at the touch of a button on an accompanying computer program; you’ll never need to buy a tub of Dulux ever again. Programmable wine that can be altered to taste of Pinot Noir from Malbec after simply zapping it in your microwave at 600W. Nanolift, which involves magnetic particles being injected into your face, allowing you to change the physical structure with nothing more than a specialised metal rod. Goodbye botox.
It is hard to believe novelty products such as these are based on the technology that may revolutionise the world. Nanotechnology has been used in computer systems to increase memory capacity whilst reducing the size of computer components already, but in the future it could be used to build molecular wires or nerves that can store impulses, that in turn could be decoded by the brain. The NANO Supermarket is an introduction to what may just well be the next industrial revolution.