10 Mind-Bending Inventions That Will Have You Reaching For Your Wallets In 2018
Humanity can sometimes be disappointing.
But there’s nothing like good old-fashioned innovation and creativity that will make you appreciate just how far our species has come from living in caves.
#1 Inflatable Shower Curtain
Elisabeth Buecher’s inflatable shower curtain is designed to make you spend significantly less time in the shower. Designed to prevent wastage of water, the curtain will inflate after you’ve been in the shower for 4 minutes.
It releases inflatable spikes that will hopefully force you to get out of your shower.
#2 Edible Water Bottle
Invented by Yuka Yoneda, the process involves the use of sodium alginate and salts that can create a liquid with a soft membrane. This is an attempt to reduce the global usage of plastic bottles that are harming the environment.
The soft casing is completely edible, so you can have a refreshing drink without having to worry about lugging your bottle around.
#3 Foldable Scooty
The URB-E is the perfect vehicle for people living in congested cities with limited parking. Foldable and compact, they’ve been designed to withstand harsh terrain without the bulk of a traditional scooter.
#4 Elevators That Can Move Sideways
The Thyssenkrupp MULTI project is something straight out of a sci-fi film. Elevators that move not just up and down, but also side to side.
Instead of the traditional pulley system utilised by most elevators, the MULTI uses the magnetic levitation used by some high-speed trains.
#5 A Portable Breast Pump
Breast pumps are very often large, noisy and cumbersome. But they’re still an important part of a busy mother’s life. Which is why the Willow Pump might just be one of the most important innovations of the past year.
Easy to slip into your clothing, the pump isn’t a hindrance to movement and can easily be transported from place to place.
#6 Air-Less Tyres
There is nothing more irritating than a punctured tyre. Bringing your journey to a screeching halt and causing countless accidents.
But Michelin’s innovation that utilises 3D printing to structure an airless tyre might just put an end to those concerns. If that’s not good enough, it can be made entirely from recyclable material.
#7 Fidget Spinners
Technically, very similar devices had been invented in the 1900’s, but none were as popular as the definitive spinner that came out in April 2017.
Everyone around you was obsessed with spinning these and so were you. A handy tool to ease stress, the toy was initially marketed to those suffering from ADHD.
#8 Rollable TV
LG is all set to unveil its new rollable OLED television at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2018. But the television is super slim and can actually be rolled and stored to save on space.
#9 A Real-Time Translator
The adorably named Travis The Translator was the brainchild of three people in 2016. Now it has grown to a multi-person team with members from multiple continents.
The idea behind it was to help everyone be understood no matter where they are. Currently, Travis has about 50,000 users.
#10 A Really Cool VR Enabled Gun
As of now, VR technology is reliant on large goggles that require money and power to achieve the desired effect. But for a slightly less immersive experience, there’s the MERGE Gun.
Simply slide your phone into the desired slot and you can shoot aliens right in your living room. The technology boasts environment awareness, so you’ll be able to use your actual furniture as cover from the aliens.
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