From mind-controlled exoskeletons to solar-powered toilets that turn waste into biofuel, here are innovations that address some of the most important issues of our time.
These aren’t just gadgets that charge your devices faster or “groundbreaking” apps — they have potential for lasting impact. They can change the world.
ReSound LiNX is a made-for-iPhone hearing aid that launched globally in February at the Mobile World Congress. 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 Sol-Char Toilet is a solar-powered throne that uses parabolic mirrors and fiber optic cables to torch waste and produce a byproduct called biochar, which can be used for agriculture and fuel.
Idaho-based startup Solar Roadways made headlines after its promotional video, “Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways,” went viral in May. Using tempered glass and photovoltaic cells, the company created a smart, microprocessing, energy-harvesting surface that generates power, adjusts to heat or cold, and lights up roadways with LEDs.
Researchers in Texas developed a new nanomotor, more than 500 times smaller than a grain of salt, that rotates at 18,000 RPMs (as fast as a jet engine) for 15 hours. Previous nanomotors rotated much more slowly and stopped after only a few minutes.
The Exosuit, a next-gen atmospheric diving system measuring 6.5 feet tall and weighing in at 530 pounds, allows divers to safely go more than 1,000 meters below the surface of the ocean. It was built in 2013, but was unveiled and first used for scientific purposes in July 2014 to study previously unattainable bioluminescent organisms deep within the Atlantic Ocean.
Scientists at Stanford University have developed a sensor that can monitor glaucoma using a tiny device implanted in the eye. The technology, which can be used with a smartphone camera, has the potential to prevent blindness for people around the world. Read more…