Three top Inventions 2014
As the year draws to a close, we look back on some of the greatest inventions of the year.
ReSound LiNX hearing aid:
The ReSound LiNK hearing aid is specially made for iPhone and was launched globally at the start of the year in February during Mobile World Congress. Using Bluetooth technology, it is a handy device that allows the user to adjust the sound settings of the hearing aid direct from the smartphone. The idea is that it is more discreet for the user when out and about and offers them more flexibility when using.
The hearing aid also comes with some very clever and user friendly functionality, with a recording feature called the Resound app and personalised settings allowing users to set location based volume settings. Clever.
Mobile network in a backpack:
Coming to the aid of aid workers around the world, Vodafone released their Instant Network Mini in February. Weighing in at 25lbs, the backpack contains everything needed to created and establish a network, all in around 10 minutes – offering invaluable support and help to those working in hostile situations or working in disaster areas. The Instant Network Mini allows for up to five simultaneous calls, as long as the recipients are within a 100 meter radius and can send thousands of text messages. This is a really handy bit of kit and will be interesting to see how useful it proves to be other the next few years.
Mind controlled exoskeleton
This truly is a work art.
A 29r old paraplegic man, Juliano Pinto was the first person to kick at ball at the World Cup this year in June, thanks to his mind controlled robotic exoskeleton! Brain waves are converted into electrodes which in turn are translated into physical movements, the robotic suit allowed him to move again.
The thought behind this ground breaking mission is that one day, people who are paralyzed will not be confined to wheelchairs, and could be able to use these robotic suits.