Tuesday, 04 Oct, 2011 Science

Top 10 Latest Inventions of September 2011


Best Invention of 2011.

Wearable Device that Detects Toxic Chemicals

Our health can be seriously affected by various toxic gasses, some of which are invisible to the eye. Having this in mind, a firm called Morphix Technologies created a wearable device that can help detect up to 10 different hazardous chemicals.


Robotic Helpers from Panasonic

Engineers at Panasonic came up with three new robots that have the goal of helping care takers, doctors and patients. The trio includes: HOSPI-Rimo, a robot that helps bedbound people to communicate, Hair-Washing Robot and RoboticBed that turns from bed to electric wheelchair.


Brain Scanning System for Handsets

Invented by researchers at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), this innovative system represents a portable electroencephalogram (EEG) that a user can easily connect to their Nokia N900 smartphone and observe a 3D model of their brain. The image can also be rotated with just a touch of a finger.


Health-Monitoring T-Shirt

Dubbed the "intelligent T-shirt," this garment was created by a group of scientists at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) in Spain. The t-shirt can gather various data, including heart rate, body temperature and activity level. It is also easy to wash.


Autonomous Robotic Tractor

This is the creation of researchers from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) and Flanders' Mechatronics Technology Centre (FMTC) in Belgium. The tractor has the goal of solving one of the most acute problems farmers face - plow an uneven terrain. A complex technology allows the tractor to easily deal in automatic mode in such a field.


Roads Powering Electric Vehicles

The idea to create a technology that would allow roads to power EVs came to a team of Japanese researchers from Toyota Central R&D Labs who teamed up with scientists from Toyohashi University of Technology. The invention uses electrified metal plates installed under roads. The plates sent power using radio frequency to two steel belts - one located in the tires of a vehicle and the other above it.


LED Markings for Multi-Sport Fields

Quite often standard markings on multi-purpose surfaces confuse players due to the numerous lines drawn on it. This is why LEDSSPORTS, a Dutch company, developed the LED court markings. The technology makes it possible to easily turn on/off the necessary markings, depending on the type of sport.


Typewriter that Makes Cocktails

The author of this original invention is a Russian engineer who calls himself morskoiboy. His device is a typewriter, which, however, makes different drinks when the user pushes the buttons. Each button is tied to certain syrup of liquor that is poured with each push into a small glass.


Bottles of Clean Water that Replace Bulbs

Such a simple but very useful invention was made by a team of MIT students. Young people find out that by filling a plastic bottle with pure water and adding some bleach, it is possible to create an eco-friendly "bulb". MyShelter Foundation used such "solar bottle bulbs" to light up millions of homes in an area in the Philippines, where people suffered from natural disasters.


Electric Helicopter

Pascal Chretien managed to create the world's first manned chopper. He tested the flying vehicle, being able to stay in the air for just over two minutes. The engineer plans to make some improvements in order to increase the power of the fully-electric helicopter, making more powerful batteries so it would stay in the air for a longer period of time.


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