Necessity is the mother of invention. This saying is eternal. It is a necessity that transforms our thinking, and the inventions are born out of those thoughts which make our lives easier than ever. However, these inventions are impossible without the use of technology, another invention of mankind. In an ever changing world, technology is changing the way we live every moment, every day. That hasn’t changed in the year 2015 as well. The year saw many revolutionary inventions by corporates and scientists all around the world, which improved upon the lives of millions in a huge manner. Let us have a look at some of those inventions, and take out some time to thank them for their contributions.
NIKE’S SHOES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Way back in 2012, a gentleman with cerebral palsy once requested the world-famous shoe manufacturer Nike to manufacture sneakers for people suffering with various disabilities. In the letter, he further elaborated by saying that they should be able to put them on and take them off with considerable ease and without others’ aid.
Nike obliged and finally this year announced its new line of footwear. Aptly naming it as Flyease, the shoes are provided with a zipper that extends to the back of the shoe, which is a boon for the disabled. Laces can be inconvenient for people with limited movement, whereas the zipper allows one to just peel it open using one hand and then slide your foot into the shoe with considerable ease.
Tobie Hatfield, the director of athlete innovation at Nike worked alongside and designed this unique invention along with Matthew Walzer, the gentleman who wrote the letter to Nike, to help in the development and the testing of the new array of revolutionary shoes.
It is quite surprising to know that more than 2.4 billion of the world’s population is deprived of access to basic and safe sanitation. What is even worse is that more than 660 million of the people throughout the world use unsafe water resources to meet their day-to day needs. Though there have been efforts from any organizations regarding this, nothing much has changed as is quite evident from the world around you.
Peter Janicki, the CEO of Janicki Bioenergy, has developed a machine known as the omniprocessor that has the ability to transform water from the sewerage into clean, potable water. Furthermore, it can also produce electricity and pathogen free ash in just a matter of minutes.
The idea is certainly revolutionary. The processor that he built can be a boon for developing countries, as it would provide them with clean water and energy, as well as create job opportunities and entrepreneurs who can run it various parts of the world, and contribute their bit for the society and the environment as a whole.
PLASTIC STRIPS FOR IN-HOME DIAGNOSTIC OF HIV
A lot of extensive research is being done to tackle HIV all throughout the world. In one such effort, scientists at Florida Atlantic University have successfully managed in-home testing of viruses and bacteria that include HIV, E.coli and Staphylococcus, by just using paper and plastic strips. These work together with a smartphone app that helps in recognizing the bacteria by looking at the images.
For example, in case of the test for E.coli, it is built using paper and printed with a mixture of gold and gold nanoparticles. In case there is any bacteria present, there is a color change in the strip which indicates a “positive" result. The HIV test uses plastic instead of paper, and follows a similar procedure. The scientists are currently working on trials, and if everything goes right this product might be commercialized by mid-2016.
THE LAMPS POWERED BY PLANTS
In the areas in the Peruvian jungle, more than 42 percent of the rural population do not have electricity in their homes. This has been recorded by the National Household Survey in Peru, which is conducted by the National Institute of Statistics and Information.
This sad statistic inspired some of the students at Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC), which is famous for developing innovative solutions for various problems to come up with a solution for this issue as well. Their efforts resulted in them creating the Plantalámparas, a lamp that runs on plants, or scientifically plant power and this revolutionary technology has been used to light up the small village of Nuevo Saposoa.
Let us see how it works and what plant power exactly is.
During photosynthesis, the waste produced by the plant is decomposed in the soil, which produces electrons as a result of the oxidation process. These free electrons are captured by the lamp using electrodes, and further sent into batteries for storage and later use. When fully charged, the stored energy is sufficient to light up LED bulbs in the lamps for up to two hours.
All wearable tech that is available in the market is just things that are meant for our entertainment; this wearable tech is of some real use and a serious one at that. Thinking out of the ordinary fitness trackers and smartwatches, Cyrcadia Health went a step ahead and has developed a bra that van be used to detect cancer!
The changing temperatures in the tissue are tracked by the internal patches that are present in the garment, and these changes can be indicative of tumor growth. According to the early trial results, 87 percent success rate was achieved in detecting the tumors using the bra, including in cases of dense breast tissue where the small tumor lumps might go undetected. The best part is that one does not have to wear the bra all the time; but is more of a natural and suitable screening method.
Preferable to the invasive products that women are subjected to these days, this is a highly necessary technological invention. The most important part, you can do it right in the comfort of your home!