Technological progress is accelerating exponentially, whereby the number of significant inventions and breakthroughs grows each year.
Here are a list of inventions, breakthroughs and game-changing gadgets from the past year.
- Mind-reading and memory recording MRI scan.
The first ever commercial brain scan for the purpose of recording thoughts and memories for future playback took place in September.
- Smart contact lenses.
A smart contact lens that can monitor the glucose levels of diabetes sufferers was developed by Google in January.
- Smartglasses for the blind.
Smartglasses designed to assist blind and partially sighted people by using a specially adapted 3D camera were developed by researchers at the university of Oxford. Smartglasses to improve the lives of blind people were developed by UK researchers
- A camera that can record the movement of light.
A camera that captures light at 4.4 trillion frames per second was invented by researchers in Japan, setting a record for the world’s fastest camera.
- Bionic plant
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) developed the world’s first bionic plant in March, capable of replicating and even improving upon a plant’s natural ability to photosynthesise.
- Smart expiry label
A London-based student developed a bio-reactive expiry label that decays at the same rate as food, potentially making a massive dent on the millions of tonnes of food wasted around the world each year.
- The Cooler that powers your Party
Coolers have done a fine job putty party refreshments on ice. This is the world’s smartest all-purpose party starter. It stores food and drinks, it also touts a blender, an LED lid light, a USB charger (so nobody’s phone dies), a Bluetooth speaker and a big wheels
- The Blackphone
Most people don’t feel safe sharing private information over a cell-phone call. The Blackphone is designed to put privacy above all else. The device runs a customized Android operating system stripped of features that might make data vulerable, like calendar sync. It comes with a software that encrypts calls, texts and browing history at levels far beyond normal smartphones.
- Apple Watch
The Apple Watch uses a novel interface that combines a touchscreen and physical buttons. The Watch can send messages, give directions, track fitness and make wireless payments. It is also an attractive piece of fashion.
- Lumo Lift… The Chip that stops Your Slouching
The Lumo Lift is a chip-like gadget about the size of a thumb, placed onto ones shirt, it analyzes neck and spinal positions and vibrates when they are less than ideal. It buzzs when you lean for necessary reasons.
- Microsoft Surface… The Tablet that replaces Laptops
Microsoft’s latest hybrid bundles the power of a laptop into a svelte 12-in tablet and can run desktop apps like Word, Excel and Powerpoint. It is slim with a detachable keyboard cover and built-in stand that makes the Surface usable on a desk, makes it more suitable than othe tablets for professionals.
- Hemopurifier… The Filter that fights Ebola
What makes the Ebola virus so frightening is its speed. The Hemopurifier is a specially designed catrideg that attaches to a dialysis machine, can tip the balance back in the body’s favor, its lectin filter attracts Ebola viruses and sucks them from the blood as it flows through.
- The Selfie Stick and Handbrush
The selfie-taking experience became a new market for 2014. The Selfie stick enables users position their smartphone beyond arms, reach to get better photo angles and even the handbrush that holds your smartphone.
- ReSound LiNX… hearing aid
ReSound LiNX is a made-for-iPhone hearing aid that launched globally in February. It’s a Bluetooth-enabled device that allows the wearer to adjust sound settings from his or her smartphone, which helps anyone wearing a hearing aid be less noticeable when adjusting the device in public. The hearing aid also records data using the ReSound app. The wearer can personalize his or her experience, for example, enabling location-specific volume settings.
- Cleaner Cookstoves
More than 40% of the world’s population rely on solid fuels for cooking, especially in the developing world. However, more than 4 million people die each year from health problems related to inhaling carbon monoxide or pollutants from stoves that burn wood, biomass or coal. EcoZoom, developed its energy-efficient Zoom Jet cookstove, which reduces smoke emissions up to 70% and the amount of fuel used to 60%.
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