Awaken your Assumptions about the Value of Oil and Gas.


This great article on discusses some of the amazing technological innovations being made through oil and gas products. Here are just a few:

  • 3D Systems’ Virtual Surgical Planning (VSP®) uses medical scan data to derive 3D models that can be 3D printed as anatomical structures for visualization, or adapted to create patient-specific instruments and guides. This technology was recently used to assist with a recent full face transplant for a burn victim. 3D printing materials can include petrochemical-based plastics such as acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and high impact polystyrene (HIPS).

  • Adlens eyeglasses are intended to solve the problems faced by people who need different prescriptions for distance and near vision. The adjustable focus eyewear helps you see better at any distance with the turn of a dial, and the company is working on a prototype to add embedded electronics that will automatically adjust the strength of the lens, with no need for the wearer to touch a dial.

  • Innohome’s Stove Guard uses a heat sensor which adjusts its sensitivity based on the users’ cooking style, allowing for exact hazard recognition. The Stove Guard is a way to support independent living when the use of a stove is risky due to old age, illness, or learning difficulties, among others.

  • ŌURA is a plastic ring-sized wellness computer and app. The ring tracks you during the day and also observes your sleep quality at night by measuring and learning how well you recover from mental and physical load. It then communicates its observations and suggestions through a mobile app.

  • Sengled Voice is an integrated microphone/speaker LED bulb. It offers voice control of devices, voice interaction with the cloud and enhance home security by detecting everything from glass breaking to a baby crying.

Find more about oil and gas in the medical field from Energy Tomorrow as well!

Your computer mouse's outer shell and most of its internal mechanical parts, including the shafts and spoked wheels, are made of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastic that is injection-molded. The ball is metal that is coated in rubber and the electrical micro-switches are made of plastic and metal. That's all oil and gas! The same goes for your phone, with the casing, cords and all being plastic.

3D Printed House Took 24 Hours to Build

Industrial robotics have made it possible for these homes to be built in 24 hours by 3D printers that use cement. The Russian company called Apis Cor showcased this home, which cost only $10,000 to build, in the middle of the Russian winter. This amazing technology provides options for affordable housing that can be built quickly and completely on-site. And the 3D printer that offers these capabilities are full of oil and gas products, including tires, hydraulic oil, silicone and rubber hoses, neoprene and more!


The same technology used in geophysical surveys by the oil and gas industry to search for oil is driving innovations in Nanotechnology. The results are making it easier to find energy and produce it with pinpoint accuracy. Watch this great video from EnergyHQ called Talk Tech: The science behind finding energy.  Research is being done on suspending nanoparticles in plastic liquid to revolutionize body armor as well (via AFPM).


Everything about your phone systems and computers have been touched by oil and gas. Besides the casings and shells for the computer itself, as well as your monitor, speakers, mouse and keyboard being made from oil and gas products, many other components within your computer are petroleum-based as well. Guess what? You also owe much of your software technology and internet capabilities to the oil and gas industry!

Industrial Robots

Industrial robots are mechanical devices which replicate human motions and are used to reduce danger to humans. They provide more strength or accuracy than a human or when continuous operation is required. Many oil and gas products are used to make these robots, including tires, hydraulic oil, silicone and rubber hoses, neoprene and more. Read about how they're made.

Oil & Gas Drives the Internet via Fueling U.S. Forward

It’s generally accepted that electricity makes modern life possible. But where that electricity comes from and exactly how much energy is required to power our everyday amenities might be surprising to most people. Beyond just lighting up our houses, offices, and factories, electricity makes possible the internet and all those “unplugged” sources of entertainment that we are increasingly obsessed with – tablets, smartphones, and computers specifically. Sixty-seven percent of U.S. electricity comes from natural gas, coal, and oil.

Learn more at Fueling U.S. Forward.

Internet Much?

Big Data needs big energy. Commercial development of the internet – the greatest advancement in information technology since the printing press – is possible because of energy. Each of those 2.78 million YouTube views per minute, each of the 700,000 Facebook logins, each of the nearly 350,000 tweets and all the rest depend on energy. Our lives are easier (and shareable) thanks to the internet, thanks to energy. Read more.

Super-Duper Computer

The demand for increased computational power from super computers is constantly growing due to the increasing data and advanced algorithms used by the seismic industry to process that data. 

Since 2000, the oil and gas industry has been continuously investing in high performance computing, increasing by approximately 10 fold its computing power every three years, reports Rigzone. The primary objective has been to improve seismic imaging in deeper and more complex parts of the subsurface, thanks to ever more precise algorithms. Read more about how the seismic industry pushes supercomputer innovation here.

All About that Cell

Your cell phone is cased in plastics, full of components from the oil and gas industry, and even your cord is encased in petroleum products. Most importantly, your cell phone is powered by technological innovations driven by the oil and gas industry.