http://gizmodo.com/new-li-ion-batteries-charge-70-percent-in-2-minutes-la-1645721894 Hey look, batteries that aren't terrible, that aren't made of Unobtainium. Progress!
http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/closest-weve-come-robot-arms-and-hands-can-feel Cyberware gets ever closer. We aren't to where losing a limb results in an upgrade to prosthetics, but we're getting to the point where that's actually approaching feasible. How will society react if it's actually possible to trade up from meat to circuits? Going to be somewhat interesting.
http://www.123dapp.com/ Smartphone app, lets you take a bunch of pictures for something that get converted into a 3d model. Quality is passable. Could see this having interesting applications if you have a 3d Printer, of which there are now a plethora of ~$500 models even.