We have at different times looked at different inventions or future inventions and we have seen varying innovations that have blown us away. The invention we shall be exploring today, though not yet in use but has been unveiled as a work in progress is the WINDOWLESS AIRPLANE.
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) has designed this concept and estimates that these should be flying our airspace in about 10years. The idea is to replace the windows currently existing with full length OLED screens that allow passengers to experience panoramic views of their journey that will be captured by exterior cameras on the plane. This feature is said to also provide passengers with access to the internet (yaaaaay!!!) and in-flight entertainment.
According to an estimation done by CPI, over 3 million people are said to fly annually, which in turn translates to over 200,000 gallons of fuel being used. This new design is intended to not only reduce the weight of the aircraft but also reduce the cost of flying for air travellers and even for the airline as well.
With innovations like this, the human race is greatly advancing and changing the world as we know it. We as Africans must therefore be ready to embrace the changes and advance with the rest of the world.
Every new day gives birth to one new gadget or device that attempts to better the lives of humans. Technology is evolving ever so quickly these days and as Africans, we need to shape up and move with the tide or get left behind.
Right now, another innovation has added itself to the list of great inventions. We are talking about the Quism interactive cooking platform from Team Synergy. This device is a more or less an upgrade of the kitchen as we know it. It allows users to travel away from home and still have the ability to cook and dine with family members through amazing features like tele-cooking, tele-dinning and sharing of recipes.
This immediately discards the worry of being away from the family for too long as now; you can be away physically and still be present at dinner time. Another great feature of this system is that it uses dehumidifier technology to generate its own water reservoir.
With technology such as this, it is almost impossible then for people to use the excuse of being away on a trip to abandon their home and family obligations.
These days, our gadgets are under immense ‘pressure’ to function in multiple roles. For instance, a phone can function as a camera, video camera, voice recorder, MP3 player, web browser, note-pad, and so much more. This multi-functionality of the phone does not however push aside the use or the value of individual devices.
Now imagine your other devices can also turn the tables on the phone and also function in their capacity as well as a phone?
Well, you don’t have to imagine too far away…a device already exists!! It is called Tenna. And its job is simply to add the functionality of a phone to any individual device like your MP3 player, your laptop, etc. It performs this function by using voice recognition-based user interface. The screen-less device provides just the calling and texting functions of a phone when used on its own but can connect to any device through a USB mini port. Thus, for advanced function of a phone like: connecting to the internet, scheduling, managing contacts, etc. all you simply need to do is plug the Tenna into the device of your choice.
Its designer is Yuree S. Lim.
With the recent breakout of diseases around the world, it has been inferred that we just might be short-changing ourselves by ignoring the use of a powerful weapon, our smartphone. This inference was made by Eric Topol, a professor of genomics at the Scripps Research Institute in California.
According to him, “Most communicable diseases can be diagnosed with a smartphone. Rather than putting people into quarantine for three weeks – how about seeing if they harbour it in their blood?”
At present, smartphones are already being used to ease some medical issues, like the detection and diagnosis of Parkinson disease, skin cancer and any communicable disease. Through the use of specially developed smartphone applications, people are now able to record heart beats, blood pressure, sugar level, check their skin for cancer amongst other things. Take Parkinson disease for instance, through the recording of speech and movement, using your smartphone, the information gathered can be analysed and used to detect and diagnose the disease much earlier and more accurately. In Britain for instance, researchers have revealed that they have been able to distinguish patients with Parkinson disease almost 100% more accurately.
With the use of smartphones, patients can already do without some unpleasant aspects of being ill like long hospital visits and having to wait long hours for treatment; as these can now be done using a smartphone. Our phones have incredible ability to provide insights into our lives. “The smartphone travels around with us everywhere. From it you can know when they are getting out of the house, how ambulatory they are or the speed they are moving through the world. And it’s often the last thing you touch when you go to sleep and first thing you touch when you are awake – so it tells you about sleep patterns”, says Deborah Estrin, co-founder of Open mHealth – a non-profit organisation that aims to transform the way that personal and digital data is used in medicine.
In fact, it’s been said that smartphones can be used for the tracking and early detection of Ebola. For instance, according to Estrin, using the location data recorded by most smartphones, one can track places infectious people have been and who they have contacted. And since this data is stored on the smartphone, the findings can easily be uploaded to a central database to track the spread of the disease, which in turn could help to issue early warnings and prevent further spread.
Scientists have since been on the lookout for more practical ways we can channel our body’s natural energies in more useful ways. Well, it seems luck has finally shone on them as a Brazilian inventor named Joao Paulo Lammoglia has come up with a device that uses our breath to charge our small devices.
This mask like device called AIRE contains small wind turbines that convert your every breath into renewable power which can be used to run/charge your devices from an iPod to a mobile phone.
It is said that a man while sleeping produces between 100 and 120 watts of energy, which on paper is enough to power a lot of the devices we use. For instance, the Nintendo Wii uses just 14 watts, your regular cellphone uses about 1 watt while your laptop is about 45 watts.
The AIRE is designed in such a way that either while you are sleeping or running or basically just breathing, you can charge your appliances.