In the olden days, astute men who were exceptionally quick on their feet were assigned with the crucial task of bearing messages. It was paramount that these men be skilled in the art for the journey from one village to another was always bound to be tedious. They would face bandits, rogue hunters, enchanting vines, forest spirits and wild animals.
The messengers were to encounter all these obstacles and still refute amnesty, they had to recall the message they were to relay at all costs.
With time messengers became a thing of the past as more people became literate. Quills and parchments were introduced. People could now conjure up words in their letters meant to agitate the blood particles of the message receptors. Some relationships survived for decades through this form of communication.
Somewhere along the line telephones soared in taking away the beauty of capturing one’s soul in a letter. Now all a person had to do was use their voice. Still, that required some amount of effort as men lowered the decibels in their voices to achieve a deep baritone and women heightened their pitch so as to sound like nightingales. It was an opera performance every time they picked up the telephone.
The millennial era took communication up a notch with the invention of smart phones where emoticons and acronyms shine. The beauty of this innovation is the lack of struggle. You don’t have to construct a menacing threat that will make your friend quail and tremble, you just need to send a fork or a coffin emoji.
Innovations in various industries have revolutionized the world as we know it. Just when we think everything has been tapped into in terms of creativity and technological advancement, something new pops up and we all awe in it’s brilliance.
Here are 5 examples of technological innovations that have earned global reverie;
Israel’s Solar Energy Receiver
Israel has one of the world’s most technology literate populations in the world with the country having 140 scientists and technicians per 10,000 employees. This ratio is one of the highest globally.
The country has been known over the years for it’s technological advancements with impressive inventions such as drones, satellites and self driving machineries. This has ranked Israel at number 10 on the technological expertise rank that was based on a perceptive survey undertaken by 20, 000 citizens globally.
Also, this country happens to have the most amount of companies listed on nez tech worldwide. As of 6 years ago, the country went from being number 5 in the Clean Tech Rank to number 1.
This major leap has been attributed to their amazing solar innovation. Necessity happens to be the mother of invention and this applies heavily to Israel. The country had to conduct an extensive research so as to develop an alternative energy source to cater for their needs. Israel lacks conventional energy sources thus prompting them to scour for suitable substitutes.
In their research, Israel conjured up various inventions in the solar energy field. Today, Israel residents are the largest users of solar water heaters globally.
The innovation that has stricken a chord in the heart of the solar energy industry is the new, high efficiency receiver that has been designed to capture concentrated sunlight. This invention is a game changer for the industry since it has been built to maximize solar utility.
This is the sort of invention that can be used to power up a small village!
Growing up, we had this in-house garbage disposal system. We would pack our trash in sacks meant for charcoal and then take turns to deliver the sack to the Municipal garbage collectors. The person on trash duty would have to wait for the said sack to be emptied. Coming back without it was basically suicide. After a memory scathing beating you had to find another sack which meant plotting a heist from our neighbor who happened to be a dog breeder. See? Suicide. We had no time to digest let alone apply the three Rs; recycle, reduce, reuse.
A company in Israel known as Arrow Ecology came up with an efficient garbage disposal system known as the ArrowBio process. This system involves collecting trash directly from garbage trucks and separating the trash into organic and inorganic materials. This is done through gravitational settling, screening and hydro-mechanical shredding.
You maybe wondering, why does this qualify as a global awe?
Well, the ArrowBio process sorts an abysmal of solid waste, saves recyclables and turns the rest into biogas and rich agricultural compost heaps. This invention brings a whole new light to the three Rs.
People who have a hard time sorting or simply lack time to sort their garbage now have a panacea.
The Taipei 101
In one way or another, whether it’s Sunday School or a C.R.E class or a word of mouth relay, you have heard of the Tower of Babel. This narration has remained a striking ordeal throughout generations. The plan that man held to invade the clouds was turned to pure gooey when God discovered the tower.
Taipei 101 in Taiwan is no Tower of Babel but it is still globally acknowledged due to it’s exceptionally tall yet stable nature. The building designers, C.Y Lee and C.P Wang drew the inspiration of the skyscraper from a humble bamboo structure that they came across.
The brilliance in it all is how they devised a way of steadying the tower in the event of earthquakes and strong winds. Skyscrapers are often susceptible to fall in such disasters and thus the architects had to come up with a design that would make the building sustain the harsh ordeals.
The designers built the skyscraper on a frame concrete filled with boxes of steel in each column. They then proceeded to install 700 tonne of steel ball to create a mass pendulum. The pendulum was meant to absorb rattling external shocks. So instead of the tower swinging during an earthquake or terrible winds, the pendulum is the one which winds up swinging.
Taipei 101 is a major tourist stop in Taiwan today.
The Knight Rider series was a couch hogging film that set the car industry on a very high pedestal back in the day. Years later, companies like Tesla and Waymo introduced a realistic concept of autonomous cars to the world.
The self driving car design has enthralling functions such as automated braking, automatic lane changing and automation of other driverless car systems so that they can be streamlined. All this is plausible through data capturing and analytics.
I don’t know about you but personally I am looking forward to an actual adaptation of the animation cars in real life. I hope to own a McLaren with Lightning McQueen’s attitude!
Can you imagine all you can achieve on your way to work with a self driving car?
Internet of Things (IoT)
Japan has been known for it’s prominence in the field of science and technology. The country is best known for consumer electronics, space exploration inventions, robotics and AI, medical services and it’s film industry.
Japan has achieved it’s respect in the tech industry through investing in areas such as mathematics and engineering. This investment has paid off as Japanese students keep ranking first place in science and second place in mathematics globally. This has led to a myriad of engineering talent in fields like television display, videogames optics and automotive mechanics.
The Internet of Things (this is the interconnection of computing devices which enables the objects to receive and send data) is becoming a worldwide phenomenon as various businesses adapt to the technological invention. Companies such as Amazon, Trigo and Accel Robotics are using IoT to deliver better products and services to their consumers.
This innovation is quite costly which makes it hard for SMEs and startups to recruit it.
A startup in Japan has found a way of solving this particular bridle. The company has invented a groundbreaking cloud based platform that is meant to reduce the cost of using IoT. This is done by replacing the core physical Internet of Things infrastructure with a cloud based service. Now SMEs and startups can debut creative and innovative products and services without shriveling their pockets.
These five thrilling innovations are just a tip of an iceberg. There are many more technological wonders out there that have reshaped lives globally.
Kenya has not been left behind in terms of technological inventions. In fact, there is a report ranking our country as the fourth most technologically advanced country in Africa.
We have inventions such as the charging shoe by Antony Mutua, an alarm fitted television, a solar powered refrigerator and an SMS car immobilizer.
Don’t shy away from bringing that gnawing innovation in your head to life. Who knows? You might just leave a global footprint!