Africa, the dark continent, is home to some of the most spectacular scenery, unique wildlife and natural beauty. It is also home to some beautiful inventions which would benefit the world at large. These new technologies aim to simplify our daily lives with their global appeal. These inventions will go a long way to make life comfortable for people in rural areas of third-world countries by providing them with basic sanitation, healthcare, transportation and technology. Here is a look at seven of them that are worth mentioning.
- Mubser: This is a navigational tool for the visually impaired and is worn around the waist like a belt. It has Bluetooth connected to a headset and helps the visually impaired to move and navigate around common obstacles like walk-ways, staircases, steps or chairs easily and safely. It is the brainchild of a 22-year-old Egyptian student named Khaled Shady along with a group of computer engineering students.
- Mellowcabs: The brainchild of a South African serial entrepreneur Neil du Perez, these high tech electric pedicabs are made from recycled material. Their main aim is to provide the first and last mile transportation for the public transport system. It can offer more than 100KMs of travel per day and has some fantastic features like hydrogen fuel cells, illuminated body panels and onboard tablet computers, to name a few.
- Cardiopad: Venturing into the medical field’s inventions is like Pandora’s box, there’s always something inside. The Cardiopad makes for a remarkable invention hailing from the belly of Africa. It comprises of a tablet like device that aids heart examinations such as ECG to be done at rural areas which lack medical facilities. The results are sent through wireless ports to a specialist who can then interpret and analyse them. Arthur Zang invented it.
- Vivifi Touch Sticker: This is a transparent sticker which can transform any non-conductive surface with limited thickness into a touch screen or a sensor. This water-resistant sticker senses the movement between the surface and human body and transmits the human electrostatic energy through a wifi environment to the central controller, who then order actuators to take suitable actions. Haitham Desoky developed this nifty invention.
- Saphonian Zero-Blade Wind Converter: Created by Saphon Energy, this device harnesses wind through a sail and converts the kinetic energy into mechanical energy. This energy is then stored for further use. It was created by a Tunisian startup founded by the duo Hassine Labaied and Anis Aouini.
- Savvyloo: This invention is a self-contained, pedal operated waterless toilet that separates urine and other liquids from the solid waste. Designed for use in rural areas; this device drains away the liquid waste through a centralised liquid sump and dries up the solid ones with solar heat and airflow to prevent odour and pathogens.
- The Malaria PANDA Test Kit: The only one of the nine tested globally, this kit is a fast medical diagnostic kit to detect all strains of malaria and within 30 minutes indicates whether the treatment provided is adequate.