What is an invention that doesn’t help others? Garbage. An invention is created in this world with a purpose, and that purpose needs to meet a person’s need. There are thousands, or maybe millions of inventions created in a day; so many products born every day that will just be bought and go to waste. So, the question is what invention that will last?
As I look around my room, and all those stuff I bought during my lifetime, I would definitely choose top ten products that I use the most often. One would be my bed, a pillow, a blanket. Then, my chair which I sit almost all the time typing on my computer. Then, my coffee cup filled with hot coffee. And, my electric fan; headphones; some clothes; our house; a tablet computer for reading books, and using it as an alarm clock; some medicines; pencil and a notebook. And, that’s more than ten already!
I don’t know about you, but I think some products I mentioned have something in common for us each person. These inventions are relevant for our survival, need, fulfillment, and are essential in our daily lives. We cannot live without these, and that makes an invention, “Great!” For the inventors made these things not only for themselves, but also to help others. Improve on those and it will definitely make our lives better.
Chopsticks! Yeah, it’s hard (at first). You just need in getting used to it. It’s like art. The simplicity of having two wooden sticks coming together at the end for grasping sushi. But, how do you eat noodles using it? It’s not common sense. You have to see how it’s done by a real person, then you will learn. Out of frustration, later on you ask for a spoon and fork.
Spoon and forks are for those who cannot wait. A child can learn its fundamentals just by experimentation, and a few trial and error (without forks of course). Eventually, second nature takes over. Whoever invented the spoon and fork gives us education on how to invent. They invented it to make life easier. Whoever invented chopsticks wants us to feel good about eating. Either way, it’s something that becomes a custom, a personal object of our inventiveness inherit of being human.
Who doesn’t want burgers? Everyone loves burgers excluding cows (hehe). The aroma, the juices that flows out that make you drool with its taste with packed protein. Yep, really love them! However, there comes a price: cholesterol and lots of them.
There are now alternatives to beef that we are familiar with like Beyond Meat and Impossible Burgers. These two are battling it out who would reign as meatless burger winner without the fat.
We went to a Westminster restaurant and tried the burger, and to my amazement it tastes good! The texture is there, the color is there, but the taste is much different from real meat, it tastes more like corned beef as my sister told me. But, it’s quite an impressive feat to create an all veggie burger just like meat and I think it’s getting closer. They say that it’s ‘almost’ there in terms of replicating real beef, and it’s quite refreshing.
I am trying to lose some weight and veggie meat is what I need in my diet. But, we can’t totally replace our regimen with this always because the truth is we need real meat.
Balance is much favorable than deprivation.
Maybe, just maybe they can just mix the two together: half veggie, and half beef. Therefore, what we have is a balanced diet with lesser fat that would help trim our weight, have a delicious meal; produce lesser carbon and preserving our world.
We need a car revolution! Not the cars we see everyday submerged on streets after a hurricane, but cars that drive even on water.
Floods are devastating. Financially, physically and mentally people are exhausted by the sheer devastation that wreak havoc in our place called home. We don’t know if we could still tolerate these disasters every time rain lands on our feet. Should we just ignore it and always flee from our problems? Or, are we going to solve this head on and make lives safer?
We all have watched those old flicks about how car pioneers created unusual inventions that can run on land and on water. They call it “amphibious vehicles,” at that time like frogs that can live on land and on water. These vehicles were not really useful in those years, but years have changed.
Now, we need these kinds of vehicles. We need cars that float and navigate on water. We need cars that seem funny in those days, but today it’s serious business.
Go to a mall and you’ll see what it means. Tons and tons of products of all sizes and shapes littered across shops and kiosks wanting to be owned and perhaps loved? Is there a product in your life that changed your life and how you live? A “miracle” product that you can’t live without (yeah, besides your phone)?
As ridiculous as it may seem, these products have a purpose. A purpose that even a single buyer would need and something they would cherish and share with others (or, be selfish because it’s so good).
In reality, over my lifetime, I’ve accumulated so much junk. Usually, anything about gadgets for computers (since I’m techie). However, I don’t just use it once and throw it away that’s unhealthy! I just keep it aside and after years of neglect, and rummaging for something to use in my cabinet, I always do rediscover something I can use now. It’s like a “eureka” moment. “Hey, I didn’t know I have one!” Then, put it aside for another decade.
Products are a result of a dream. A dream that someday people will buy it, earn a living, be popular and live a life of happiness. But, happiness eludes us not because of the product, but the people you cared for whom you share it with lost that dream.
So, keep on dreaming (and praying). 🙂
Sometimes it’s hard to reach people who are affected by floods or natural calamities. Roads are blocked and impassable for aid to come through, and it’s expensive to hire airplanes. So, how can we send aid to those people?
I saw a video on Gates Notes showing a drone dropping supplies to Africans who needed vaccines to combat deadly diseases, which are difficult to reach since they are located on a remote area, a village. Vaccines needed to be kept at correct temperature and travel should be quick enough to avoid getting spoiled, and so they used a small drone.
I think we can use this technology to help organizations to send not only vaccines, but vitamin tablets that can replace real food for sustenance in order to survive. I mean, astronauts don’t eat barbecues in space station right? In order for them to survive, they need sustenance and they get this from drinking tablets, which makes them nourished for months without eating real food.
I guess, they needed to formulate the right nutrients packed in tablet form for emergency use, thus helping organizations like the Red Cross to rescue and give aid to people in much need of assistance.
The other day, I was reading an invention that captures CO2 from air directly and collecting it. Then, they would sell it to Coca-Cola to make soft-drinks. It is simple but not yet economical as they pointed out, and this is their challenge.
Today, I saw another article about scientists looking to “enhance” plants to capture more carbon by making its roots deeper in the soil and keeping the CO2 in the soil for hundreds of years.
By joining these two ideas, it will give you a new solution, which is putting CO2 in the soil to make plants grow bigger. We all know that CO2 is the food of plants that makes them grow. Therefore, putting CO2 in the soil is good. Of course, you cannot directly put CO2 to the soil without mixing it with something. Water is a good candidate. By mixing CO2 to water produces carbonated water, just like soft-drinks (It’s not advisable to use consumer soft-drinks of course).
According to University of Colorado Boulder, that plants given carbonated water makes it grow taller by 170%.