Inventors created countless life-changing inventions during 2016 that will make the world a better and safer place.
There was a lot of good that emerged in 2016, despite what the media would have you to believe, including countless life-changing inventions. Over-shadowed by many disasters and tragedies were plenty of amazing and good things that happened.
We have listed the best 20 life-changing inventions below.
WeatherHYDE is a life-saving tent. Inventors developed it for people who have been made homeless, or have become refugees. It features a reversible design. During extreme heat, the occupant places the reflective side externally to keep the inside cool. In severe cold, the occupant then turns it inside out to create insulation and warmth.
Eye scanning grocery checkout
The World Food Programme (UN) has innovated an iris-scanning device which can provide greater security and safety for Syrian refugees. It means that food can be distributed fairly when refugees shop for groceries.
People with conditions such as Parkinson’s or cerebral palsy can finally regain their dignity when eating, thanks to the life-changing invention of robotic utensils. Computerized, and filled with motors and sensors, these mealtime robots enable stability and prevent spills.
Bakeys is an Indian company that have created edible utensils made of either sorghum, rice or wheat. They also come in different flavors to enhance meals. Sturdy, they don’t dissolve in soups, and have a shelf life of 2-years.
Edible food packaging
The US Department of Agriculture have created a biodegradable plastic-imitating wrap for preserving stored food. It is made from casein, a milk protein. It keeps food oxygen-free 500 times more successfully than regular plastic, thereby keeping food even fresher.
2016 has seen far too many humanitarian disasters, and the silver-lining has been the innovation of so many life-changing inventions like this edible drone. All of it can be used to save lives. As well as carrying vital relief items, it is made of plywood that can be used as firewood, and has wings that contain protective covers to be used for shelter, and food.
No-electricity cooler from recycled bottles
The Eco-Cooler is a true innovation for developing countries that lack access to electricity. Made from discarded plastic bottles cut in half, the neck of each bottle compresses the hot air that it collects, and cools it down.
Life-saving baby feeding cup
The inexpensive NIFTY cup is designed to change the lives of infants in third world countries that are not able to be breastfed. They have a specifically designed spout which takes portions of milk from the cup, that fits perfectly into a newborn’s mouth, preventing malnutrition and death.
Smart toy for socializing Autistic children
Leka is multi-sensory, interactive and super cute. Able to engage autistic children successfully, it uses lights, vibration and music, and encourages autonomy. It even speaks to the child. It is entirely customizable to become a perfect fit for the child’s needs.
Coastline cleaning device
17-year-old Boyan Slat, a young Dutch entrepreneur, conceived a genius system that cleans up the ocean. He has called it “Boomy McBoomface”, and it catches garbage floating on the surface and transports it to a central tower for sorting and disposal. It works as an artificial coast line, and should start cleaning the oceans by June.
Footpath traffic lights
We have to admit that smartphones are here to stay, and that it is an addiction that is now an integral part of our society. So Stadtwerke Augsburg, the German public transport provider, has embedded traffic lights into crosswalks around the country. Now you can keep your head down and still keep safe!
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