We have certainly come a long way as human kind and a huge chunk of the praise for the feats that we have achieved must be ascribed to the inventions that have over time shaped our lives and changed how things are done.
All you need to do is imagine a world without your favorite inventions from telephones to the televisions where you catch your best shows and you will be in the right frame of mind to appreciate the inventors and inventions featured in this article.
There are 15 Inventors and Inventions up for the European Patent Office’s 2016 Popular Prize. We pick five of our favorite inventions for the possibilities they represent to us all.
We will give you the brief details coined about the inventions and the reason they feature on this particular list. You can go vote for your favorite inventions after checking them out.
Gluten Substitutes From Corn:
Really this invention made our list because it has to do with gluten which you will find in practically every baked food and a good number of pastas.
Nutritionists and everyone involved in food science have over time attempted to find more wholesome and cheaper substitutes (remember cassava bread) and now; Italian scientists Virna Cerne, Ombretta Polenghi and their team at Dr. Schär SPA in Italy are at the forefront of gluten-free baked goods development, producing an array of pastas and baked goods that allow people with gluten intolerance to enjoy a versatile and tasty diet without compromising their dietary restrictions.
What we get is a supplement that tastes and feels like wheat and yet remains inexpensive.
Faster Wireless Connectivity:
Do you even need to ask? The speed and signal range we (more accurately some of us) enjoy today for WiFi and LTE data connections is thanks to an invention called MIMO (“multiple input, multiple output”) from Indian-American inventor Arogyaswami Paulraj and a team at Stanford.
MIMO has given birth to a range of different technical incarnations and the technology will continue to speed up and connect us.
Treatment To Help Premature Babies Breathe:
The invention of pulmonary surfactants by Swedish laboratory physician Tore Curstedt at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm marked a milestone in saving the lives of early-born infants suffering from respiratory distress syndrome (RDS), a lung condition that was the leading cause of death among newborns for decades.
This invention basically saved a lot of babies, what is not to love about it?
Diagnostic Kits For Developing Countries:
The invention from researcher Helen Lee at the University of Cambridge is an instant blood diagnostic kit developed for resource-poor regions of the globe, allowing for on-the-spot detection of infectious diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B and chlamydia.
Through fast, simple-to-read results, the kits are helping to track and better treat some of the world’s deadliest diseases. Again, this invention was vital in preserving the health of many people in developing countries, without it a lot more people would have lost their lives to these deadly diseases.
Targeted Anti-Cancer Drugs:
Every victory against cancer is a victory for all of us, so this invention of American chemical engineer Robert Langer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) which has pioneered a new therapeutic approach to fighting cancer by encapsulating anti-cancer drugs within biodegradable plastics, is vital to this list of favorite inventions. The technique has proven to be the perfect weapon against aggressive cancers and other ailments.