Innovation is happening in every industry, every day. From small processes that change within a start-up to advances within healthcare, the world we know today is adapting by the minute to suit the needs of the people who fill it.
The last 18 months have been a snapshot of how quickly the world can develop and how innovative research has led to groundbreaking scientific breakthroughs, such as the COVID-19 vaccine. You can find innovation in any industry, so below, we will explore 5 innovative inventions that are changing the world as we speak.
Ocean Cooling Technology
Global warming and the effects it’s having on the world is a topic constantly questioned. Ocean cooling technology passed initial trials last year in Australia, where scientists aimed to test a method of shading and cooling part of the Great Barrier Reef. Southern Cross University achieved this by spraying trillions of salt particles into the air to form cloud droplets that reflected sunlight.
Hospital technology and equipment are some of the most innovative globally, aiding healthcare specialists to deliver next-generation procedures that were once inconceivable.
Experts have developed most of the technology and equipment used in healthcare today off the back of outdated equipment. For instance, used in surgical procedures, June Medical has redeveloped the Lonestar Retractor to produce a device that makes surgeries easier and reduces infection prevention. A retractor holds open an incision to allow surgeons access to the spaces within the body that they need.
They use robotics in many industries, from healthcare to manufacturing. Recently, the RBR50 designed by MHS robotics won the innovation award from the Robotics Business review for their innovative robotic machine that can pick up to 36 items at a time.
In terms of processing, warehouses, and manufacturing, this development is huge. It will cut down production times and costs dramatically and reduce the need for as much human involvement. It works as part of a goods-to-robot order fulfillment method that would allow businesses to fulfill up to 42,000 orders per day.
Drone technology isn’t a new invention, but the development of new drones that build upon old technology is revolutionizing how we used them. Drones used in field management are an outstanding example of how drone technology is advancing. Farmers can now use drones equipped with various sensors that can fly over crops to assess their growth and overall health. That is helping farmers to reduce crop waste, manage their crops better, and have better harvests.
Artificial intelligence is, again, nothing new, but how it’s used is new and innovative. One example is the use of artificial intelligence within a healthcare setting. Experts have developed an artificial intelligence system to make brain surgery far safer.
Brain surgery is one of the most high-risk surgical procedures, thanks to the complex network of the brain and the thick bony skull that encases it. However, this artificial intelligence allows surgeons to practice a high-risk procedure in 3D using a replica of the patient’s brain.
New inventions aren’t necessarily new themselves, but rather new ideas that build upon old concepts to make them more applicable to the modern world. Humans and the needs of people globally are the driving force behind new inventions – and that changes every day. What inventions would you like to see in 2021?