A lot of the inventions that are coming out in today's world are really, really complicated. That's because technology has allowed us to make huge inroads into solving problems that we couldn't have solved on our own.
However, there are another set of really clever people out there solving problems that we can all understand, and thus can appreciate the solutions, too. It's these people's ideas that we'd like to focus on here.
Check out these amazing inventions, each of which has the potential to make the world a better place for all of us.
1. Dishes By Hand
This is seriously amazing. Chen Levin, from Israel, has developed a dishwasher that doesn't need electricity but can, instead, be cranked by hand. It cleans everything inside perfectly within a minute.
2. The Bus That Breaks Down A Lot
This bus was invented by GENeco, and it uses a clever chemical process to break down both trash and human waste to make fuel. So, it's very eco-friendly.
3. Bottles You Can Eat
This packaging is made from algae (a plant) and it's 100% edible. Amazingly, you can store water inside the gel and you can make the gel at home easily, too. Say goodbye to wasteful water bottles.
4. A Simple Solution To Sanitary Products
This kit, called a Flo, is used to make sanitary products reusable in parts of the world where there is poor access to disposable products, or where their use is stigmatized.
5. The Shocking Soccer Ball
There's an LED lamp stored inside this soccer ball, and it's charged through people playing soccer. It could be a life-saver in places without power.
6. Furry Therapy
Many people get better faster if they have companionship, but what if they can't afford to hire help if they are on their own? Enter the seal therapist, which provides such companionship through robotics.
7. Global Cleanup
This may be the most brilliant design we've seen. It's a floating trash bin that automatically cleans up the sea from oil, garbage, etc.
8. Lending Your Eyes To Someone Who Needs Them
There is an app called Be My Eyes which allows people with sight to lend their vision to people who are blind. It works really well, too. You should try it!
9. Completely Disposable
These tiny charging devices are made from cardboard and can be used, disposed of and recycled cheaply and easily. One day, they are expected to be available in convenience stores everywhere.
10. Saving Lives
Refugees in times of crisis need shelter. Unfortunately, shelter is hard to build quickly, and expensive to construct when it's needed. That is, unless it's flat-packed like this IKEA refugee shelter.
11. A Refreshing Education
This book can be used both to educate people about water-borne diseases and to act as a filter for contaminated water. It's called The Drinkable Book.
12. Patches For Life
The most deadly creature in the world is the mosquito. By spreading diseases like dengue and malaria, it kills millions each year. This Kite Patch makes someone invisible to mosquitoes for 48 hours.
13. Heading Trouble Off At The Pass
This is really clever. For the cyclist who doesn't want to wear a helmet, two students in Sweden have designed a neck collar which becomes an airbag when you have a crash.
More than a billion people have no access to clean drinking water. The LifeStraw changes that. Drink any water through the straw and it's automatically purified before it reaches your mouth.
15. Easier Eating
This design helps people with dementia at dinner times. They are colored to help the eater identify food and shaped to make eating easier, too.
These inventions are just amazing. It just goes to show how people's lives can be completely transformed through simple ideas. What will they think of next?
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