Video: Future tech takes over in 2012

A new iPhone. Microsoft’s Surface tablet. The Kindle Paperwhite. Nintendo’s Wii U. This year saw the release of impressive tech products that set sales records around the world.

But some of the coolest technology innovations we saw haven’t even been released yet. Research teams at some of the country’s largest companies and universities are developing new tech that could change how we live, drive, and even buy clothes.

Google's driverless car technology is the stuff of science fiction, but the initiative was legitimized when Nevada and California legalized self-driving cars this year.

Nissan jumped on board with a self-driving car prototype, the NSC-2015.

Other impressive (and futuristic) products unveiled this year include a robotic earthworm that mimics an undulating snake and a body scanner that helps you buy jeans.

Cross your fingers that these future tech projects make it to market:

  • Google’s driverless car technology
  • Nissan NSC-2015 self-driving car prototype
  • Robotic earthworm created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and Seoul National University
  • Bodymetrics body scanner

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