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11 amazing innovations all around us

For our 11th Day – 11 amazing innovations all around us that are so obvious you never even notice them… 

We are going to show you 11 tech innovations that you probably can’t live without and have played huge parts to society and are just plain genius!  

1. The Camera/ Recording Devices 

Amazing innovations

Although you may not realise it, the invention of the camera paved the way for so many things to which we use today and we couldn’t be without.

‘In 1685, German author Johann Zahn proposed a design for the first handheld reflex camera. French inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce is now widely accepted as the creator of photography as we now know it. Using a homemade camera, he produced the first partially successful photograph in 1816 on paper coated with silver chloride.’* 

*https://tinyurl.com/y4s4jkqw

Fast forward a few hundred years.. 

The invention of the camera was necessary for technology to develop from film to digital, and all the way to the tiny camera on our gadgets. Camera’s have made possible deeper connections through communication all over the world – with internet of course. Through the likes of Skype, social media apps, video calls and Zoom, most of use video every single day. 

2. Voice activation devices or better known as – “Alexa?” “Hey Google!”  

Amazon Alexa

New data from Strategy Analytics show that over 1-in-5 UK households had a smart speaker as of the end of June 2019.*

*https://tinyurl.com/yb9ctnx4

And I’m willing to bet that even more of us have them now that we work from home… These devices have become so second nature; having lots of different abilities to even turn on lights! There are still a few of us that feel a bit weary that a device is listening.. But don’t worry, there aren’t little people with a headset on listening to your every word… they are activated with their ‘names’. Remember Siri? 

The iPhone helper came out in 2011, to which many of us started asking it to tell a joke… (go on ask it now, you love a dad joke…) 

3. Finger Print and Face Recognition 

iPhone Face ID

We have all been so used to unlocking our phones with the touch  of our fingers that we forget we own a passcode!

The fingerprint technology was released in 2013 – they do have their flaws though, especially if you’ve been in the bath for too long and it does’t recognise those wrinkled finger tips… 

Facial recognition actually dates back to as far as the 60’s – as a computer application. 

FaceID was the one who took the storm – Apple’s technology bypassed all of the other’s, being the fastest most efficient feature, although there are times it doesn’t work. I guess nothing is perfect though right? 

4. Touch Pay and Digital Wallets 

Contactless payment

And we thought the invention of bank cards was great, not having to carry around cash.. but then the contactless payment was even better although wisely at a limit… 

In 2014 Apple Pay was released; a mobile digital wallet which allows payments in stores and online without the need for a chip and pin card. Although at first many people didn’t trust it which lead to a slow start, globally over 43% of us are using it now.  

As we mentioned in day 12, the mobile phone is now the modern day swiss army knife.. It being the only thing you need to carry around. 

5. McDonalds – Self serve Kiosk 

Gone are the days of needing to talk to a staff member to order your food.. This innovation may seem simple, but it’s pure genius. Some may say that it ‘cuts off the human interaction’ which in some ways yes, however when you really think about it, you’re there to get your food and eat it hence ‘fast food’. 

McDonalds Kiosk
https://www.evoke-creative.com/project/mcdonalds

The Self Serve Kiosk manufactured by Evoke Creative started in 2015, and really changed the game. A few major pro’s: Quicker when the queues are longer, getting much more trade in with the extra ’tills’, Great for inclusivity of those who find it hard to communicate physically due to health reasons, easy to clean/wipe down after use – Check out Evoke’s site for more technical pro’s.  

6. Video Doorbell and Home Security 

Not everyone has one of these, but they sure are taking off to be one of the amazing innovations recently. In 2013, inventor Jamie Siminoff brought his idea for a video doorbell to TV’s “Shark Tank,” the US version of Dragon’s Den, hoping to find a backer for his new company. The sharks flatly rejected him. But the product, Ring, became a huge hit, and Amazon purchased his company in 2018 for over $1 billion. 

RING Doorbell
https://www.pocket-lint.com/smart-home/news/ring/146957-ring-video-doorbell-tips-tricks

RING are an innovative brand integrating their High Definition video doorbell to an App, so you are able to save recordings, use the microphone to speak to people at the door whereever you may be and track motion outside through sensors. Alike Alexa and Google Home, many people have a RING doorbell installed; they are user friendly and provide clear pictures that other standard security cameras cannot. 

7. GPS and Sat Nav’s to Google Maps 

We all got frustrated when we went on road trips and nobody could hold the map the right way up. But Satellite navigation systems appeared; The first was Transit, a system deployed by the US military in the 1960s.*  Publicly available GPS devices had already been around since the early 1980s – Around 2000 were when companies started releasing GPS systems such as MapQuest. 

But MapQuest was still online, meaning you had to print off your route. Fast forward to now – Google took over the game to be one of the most amazing innovations to date. 

Google Maps

Google maps was released in 2005, and 1 year later came street view which meant that they no longer needed to rely on third parties to get information. Google really developed the digital maps system to what it is today – most people use it on mobile devices to navigate almost anywhere. 

* https://tinyurl.com/ydxa4e78

8. Gaming all over the world

Gaming is one of the biggest industries out there – with 4 out of 5 households owning a console. Starting off from even before consoles appeared, arcade games and Space Invaders started the path which has grew to what we are at today with online gaming. Ideas had floating around for online gaming when consoles were around, but internet either a) didn’t exist or b) when it did, it just wasn’t fast enough.  

SEGA Arcade

It wasn’t until the release of the Sega Dreamcast, the world’s first Internet-ready console, in 2000, that real advances were made in online gaming as we know it today.* 

The release of Runescape in 2001 was a game changer. MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing games) allows millions of players worldwide to play, interact and compete against fellow fans on the same platform.* 

*https://tinyurl.com/y72nrt8o

Fast forward to now, where people all over the world play games online, connecting with each other and even making money being professional gamers, but with making money means pumping money: Millennials spend an average of $112 a month on gaming content, according to a 2019 report from gaming research company SuperData** 

Mobile is the most popular platform for gaming millennials with 81% representation. Consoles are second with 60%, followed by PC at 30%** 

**https://tinyurl.com/yalcorga

Gamers can continue playing on a mobile device during their commute, and then resume the game at home… pretty much gaming whereever they want. 

 

9. Drones – For all kinds of Uses 

Although they get a bad reputation and have been a controversial topic, Drones are a huge step in technology and we are yet to see their full potential.  

Advanced Drones are still relatively new; the first recorded use was in WW1 for military weapons having the ability to be un-manned. But asides from Military, Drones have been adopted in many other sectors including commercial, research, government, emergency health and even deliveries – one amazing innovation!

Drones

BI Intelligence expects sales of drones to top $12 billion in 2021. And no small amount of that will come from the sale of personal drones used for film-making, recording, still photography and gaming by common tech-savvy enthusiasts.*

*https://tinyurl.com/y9nmyyu2 

Huge corporations like Amazon and Google are testing ways to deliver packages with drones. Facebook is using drones to provide Internet connections in remote locations. And there’s even a start-up that’s using unmanned aircraft to deliver tacos to your door. *

*https://tinyurl.com/yaljcm3y

So in the near future you could receive your package by a flying saucer… 

10. E – commerce 

There once was a time where you could only buy products in person at a store (can you even IMAGINE not procrastinating on clothing websites in your dinner break)  

E-commerce shopping

Online shopping is higher than ever before, it was always on the increase due to its efficiency and ease of access but in 2020, the pandemic has only sped up the process.  

1979 – It all began when Michael Aldrich ‘invented’ online shopping.  Using videotex, a two way message service, it revolutionised businesses. We now know this as e-commerce.* 

* https://tinyurl.com/ybmz6lfr

Fast forward a few years to 1991 – The internet is commercialised and we saw the birth of e-commerce. Really, online shopping is still young, but it has spiked dramatically and given businesses so much more opportunity and space to trade.  

In today’s climate, the rise of online presence in social media has integrated e-commerce into social platforms; Facebook and Instagram offering ‘shop’ features to easily purchase an item at the touch of a button. Whilst may seem risky.. It’s only really risky to those who fall victim to the sneaky marketing.. *10% off.. BUY IT NOW* 

11. Self Driving Cars  

Whilst here in the UK it’s not something your average next door neighbour owns, it’s very much underway. Tesla are the most popular electric car company, Elon musk, Tesla’s CEO stated in June that he expects to have self-driving commercially available vehicles by the end of 2020 as he’s been testing one himself for his commute, although we are yet to see if this plan succeeds.  

Tesla

Tesla’s cars are like mobile phones, they have ‘updates’. October 20th they rolled out their self driving update to select consumers to test, which make the vehicles slow and cautious* 

*https://tinyurl.com/y3rpnp4d

‘In GM’s 1939 exhibit, Norman Bel Geddes created the first self-driving car, which was an electric vehicle guided by radio-controlled electromagnetic fields generated with magnetized metal spikes embedded in the roadway. By 1958, General Motors had made this concept a reality.’

https://www.titlemax.com/resources/history-of-the-autonomous-car/

Other companies like Honda, Toyota and Volvo are aiming to deliver on-Highway driverless cars by 2021. 

We hope you enjoyed reading our 11 amazing innovations all around you.. how many things do you see around YOU? Tune in tomorrow to to find out ADVICE and TIPS on how to TIME MANAGE effectively! Alternatively, contact us or follow us on our socials to keep up to date –

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