Humans are not only the superior race in the world. The animal kingdom often beat the humans with their fabulous features. Speed is one of those striking components, which makes an animal frighteningly awesome! Here are the world’s fastest animals, who dominate land, water, and sky with their eye-blinking speeds and lightning-fast strides.
Fastest Animals on Land
If there is an animal Olympics, cheetahs would dominate the sprinter races with their 60-70 mph or 96-112 km/h running speed. A cheetah named Sarah from the Cincinnati Zoo has the record of running the 100-meter sprint in just 5.95 seconds. Now, that is fast! The long slender body and powerful legs of a cheetah contribute to its lightning-speed stride.
Though members of the bird family, ostriches roam on the ground. Being the largest birds on the earth, and the fastest birds on the ground, they can grow up to 9 feet or 2.7 meters and can cover 10-16 feet or 3-5 meters in a single stride, with a speed up to 43 mph or 70 km/h. These giant birds use their long powerful legs to gain quickness.
Fastest Creatures Under Water
With a reported top speed of more than 68 mph or 110 km/h, sailfishes are considered the fastest fish in the ocean. But biologist Paolo Domenici doubts these figures and hence measures the speed of sailfish with his colleagues, to calculate the tail-beat frequencies, which is the fish equivalent of stride length. According to them, the speed of a sailfish is actually around 18-22 mph or 29-36 km/h.
• Dall’s Porpoise
According to Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), Dall’s porpoise can speed through the water at up to 34 mph or 54 km/h. Biologist Paolo Domenici observes that Dall’s porpoises ride the bow waves, the wave created at a front of a sailing boat, to swim faster than normal. They have longer bodies and elongated mouths as contributing factors to their speed.
Fastest Animals in the Sky
• Golden Eagle
Golden eagles are North America’s largest birds, with wingspans reaching more than 7 feet across. They reach their top speed during aerial dives. When diving from great heights, these birds can zoom through the air at almost 200 mph or 322km/h speed.
• Peregrine Falcon
These are other predatory birds, which are the fastest animal in the world. When diving through the air, peregrine falcons can reach speeds of up to 220 mph or 354 km/h. Apart from this hunting speed, their regular cruising speed ranges between 40 and 60 mph or 64 and 97 km/h. A pair of pointed streamlined wings, drag-reducing stiff feathers, and a modified breastbone attached with powerful muscle help these special falcons to adapt that eye-blinking speed.
The world’s first augmented reality contact lens is called the Mojo Vision Lens, and it projects text, image, and video information overlays onto your field of vision. This little piece of technology won the Last Gadget Standing prize at CES 2021. It was easy to see the victory of this gadget coming. Online votes were gathered during a real-time live stream instead of the traditional audience vote-by-applause. This process carried Mojo Vision to a convincing win at the virtual trade show.
The Mojo Lens
Mojo Lens is like a regular contact lens, only it uses motion sensor technology to follow the eyes. The lenses provide helpful information such as weather forecasts, restaurant reviews, or directions, according to Mojo Vision, a startup that is based in Saratoga, California. The company’s CEO Drew Perkins told the virtual audience that he hoped that five to ten years from now, all people would be wearing Mojo Vision Lens and would be having superpowers helping them to stand out and succeed in the world. He made the statement while he was accepting the award.
According to Perkins, any kind of information that is available on the Internet can be accessed with the help of this product. The gadget can identify someone with whom the user is speaking, and it can also provide a real-time translation. The innovative piece of technology is a functioning contact lens that is enhanced by a tiny display function less than half a millimeter in diameter. When it’s not in use, the AR goes away. Perkins thinks Mojo Lens’ edge detection and contrast enhancements can help people with macular degeneration and glaucoma. The video displayed during the competition also claims that the lens is not designed to “bombard” its users with data but elevates the vision by offering information exactly when it’s needed.
The Other Finalists
There were four other finalists for the annual prize that’s awarded to a new gadget. They were:
- Lenovo’s Thinkpad X1 Fold, a foldable touchpad that doubles as a laptop.
- TG0’s Etee, buttonless, customizable joysticks used for virtual reality gaming.
- ArcX’s Sports Ring, a wearable fitness joystick that is used for timing splits, changing music, and other things.
- OrCam’s Read, AI technology for the visually impaired reading aloud a text on pages and screens.