Inventions, mostly, change the world for good by filling up gaps between our expectations and the available products. Since time unclocked, curiosity-driven and purposeful humans have invented innumerable objects that have not only helped the humankind at that moment but also inspired many other inventions, and the trend has been ever-growing.
At present, the world witnesses millions of new inventions every day. United Nations’ World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) notes that 1.4 million patents were granted in 2017 and pragmatically, the number of inventors either awaiting a patent or having omitted the process altogether is expected to be much larger. Our brains could heat up and blow apart if we have to take a look at all of these awesome inventions, so we have handpicked 30 cool tech inventions of the present that might intrigue you, and might even make you want to jump out of your seat and try them out.
While our list mostly comprises awesome inventions in the field of technology, we’ve made sure that the list is free from any personal bias. The list covers nearly all possible niches through which sprouting new technologies have been gaining attention and affecting our lives.
Awesome Inventions Worth Noting in 2019
1. OrCam MyMe – AI for Humans
OrCam MyMe aims to help you strike a balance between physical and digital social lives. The tiny gadget sits on your collar or pocket with an inbuilt smart camera with facial recognition so you don’t forget a coworker’s or acquaintance’s name again. MyMe lets you keep an account of the time you spend socializing and using the compliant app, you can classify people in groups like work, friends, or family and set timers for each group. MyMe also captures the time you spend in front of a screen and can help you cut out distracting and unneeded screen time, not only helping you focus better but also have greater control over your life.
2. Smart Buckle
In this age of smartwatches, are you still rocking an analog wristwatch? Whether it is for the sentimental value, luxury, or just because you haven’t found the perfect smart replacement, Smart Buckle will let you keep your old watch and turn it into a smart fitness tracker. It can be attached to any watch strap to analyze your daily activity, step count, and sleep data, and serve this data to you through the compatible app. The makers of Smart Buckle vouch for its corrosion-free stainless steel build as well as specially designed algorithms for accurate measurements.
3. Snore Circle
Snoring is caused due to restricted airflow in the throat while sleeping and besides being a major annoyance, can be a cause of many diseases. So if you want to break the snoring habits you or someone in the family might have, Snore Circle is a great gadget. It uses a combination of audio and bone conduction to sense when you’re snoring and in turn, sends micro signals to the brain to reduce – and completely eliminate – snoring. Besides helping you give up snoring, the compatible app will monitor the quality of your sleep and with the latest iteration, you can wear your accomplishments of giving up snoring as a badge of pride.
4. NANO1 – World’s Smallest Astronomy Camera
NANO1 is the perfect invention for passionate stargazers who not only like to be awestruck by looking at the wonders of the sky but also want to capture these with their cameras. The inventors of NANO1 bill it as the smallest astronomy camera in the world which can capture 25 times more light than the human eye and condense an hour-long recording into 3 minutes for a charming view of the sky as well as other phenomena like the Northern Lights. You can connect NANO1 with your smartphone over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and view an augmented reality map of constellations to appreciate the beauty of the sky.
5. SiB – The Simple Internet-Connected Button that is only $5
If one has to condense what SiB does in only a few words, the best explanation would be that it simplifies your life. Short for Simple Internet-Connected Button, SiB is a tiny cube with a programmable button that can be connected with a host of other smart devices and sensors to perform an unimaginable large number of functions. Whether it is to control your smart doorbell, check temperature, detect leakage, monitor the health of plants, or something as simple as texting your loved one, SiB has many ways in which it can amaze you. You can assign many tasks to the cube based on the number of times you press the button. The cube also comes with multi-colored lights to inform you about the strength of the Wi-Fi signal and the connected smartphones can view a variety of information through SiB.
6. ATOMIC Pi – A high power alternative to RPi
If you’re enthusiastic about tiny computers but want to avoid Raspberry Pi for its low power, ATOMIC Pi can be a great aide. It comes with an Intel Atom CPU clocked at 1.92GHz, features full-sized HDMI, audio, Ethernet, USB 3.0 ports, and a heat sink – all laid out on a 10cm x 13cm logic board. ATOMIC Pi is inbuilt with dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 and costs less than $35. While it comes pre-loaded with Linux, you can boot it up with Windows for a genuine desktop experience.
7. iMicro – Add an 800x microscope to your phone
If you’ve always wanted to have a make-shift lab of sorts in your house, this is something you should check out. iMicro is a small layer of lenses, smaller than an average fingertip. Like most third-party zoom lenses for smartphones, you can hook iMicro to your smartphone’s lens and enjoy looking at the micrometer world at 100x magnification. Coupled with the digital zoom on a smartphone, you can increase this multiple times and feed your curiosity by intimately examining virtually anything on the fly.
8. Solar Roadways
Solar Roadways is exactly what you’re thinking after reading the name. These are solar panels which can be used to pave roads, driveways, sidewalks, or any surface meant for walking. Solar wafers protected under thick layers of shatter-proof Gorilla Glass can be used to generate electricity from any surface. These modules come in hexagonal panels which makes replacement super easy. Additionally, Solar Roadways panels can be programmed electronically to show specific markings on the road. The panels can generate enough heat to melt the snow and thus ensure easy walking or driving over them during winters. All of this while saving the Earth and Earth-dwellers from succumbing to the damage caused by greenhouse gases.
9. Enomad Uno – Portable Water Power Generator
Hydel power is the nature’s blessing to humans and still ranks among the top sources of renewable energy. What if you could make personal use of hydel power for minor power requirement? With Enomad Uno you can, as it is a portable hydel power generator with a small propeller which converts the kinetic energy of moving water into micro-electricity. On the other side of the propeller are a small LED light and a USB port which can help you charge your smartphone or other electronic devices, especially when you’re off the grid.
10. Dolfi – Next Gen Washing Device
Get ready to forget your woes of spending hours getting adamant stains out of your clothes using soap bars. Because it’s time for ultrasonic solutions to take over and Dolfi is an example of how technology can transform the way we wash clothes. Using carefully modulated ultrasonic waves, Dolfi knocks dirt out of your clothes automatically without even requiring you to dedicate any time to washing. Just keep the dirty laundry in a bucket filled with water and detergent, and let Dolfi clean them for you.
11. Bimoz – World’s lightest and smartest e-bike drive
With the growing stress on the environment, more and more people are turning away from motorcade and towards bikes. And with this, we’ve seen an increase in the number of smart bikes or e-bikes which come with assistive drivetrain to help you keep going without getting exhausted. But if you don’t want to give up on your old bike, you can convert it into an e-bike with Bimoz. It comes with a 250W battery pack which adds less than 2kg to your bike’s weight and the easy installation process allows you to replace any bike pedal with Bimoz. With the compatible app, you can note your GPS location, track routes, connect with friends, and even simulate mountains on flat roads to train your legs. So, whether it’s for exercise or for getting more power out of your bike, Bimoz is the ultimate solution for converting any bike into an e-bike.
12. Eyelights – The First Holographic Car Assistant
The days of getting distracted from the road while interacting with your car’s infotainment system will soon be over, thanks to systems like Eyelights. Eyelights is a concept technology which uses a holograph instead of a real screen to display information like maps, vital stats related to the car, speed etc. This allows you to keep an eye on the road even while interacting with the system. Further, since there is no physical screen, you can simply wave your hand in the air to control the system which makes it super handy (pun intended). Eyelights is definitely designed to improve and revolutionize how we interact with our cars and is capable of replacing touch interfaces completely.
13. Padrone Ring – Coolest Mouse Ever
No matter how sophisticated the trackpads on our laptops get, mice are still irreplaceable because of the high freedom of movement and speed they offer. Padrone Ring is a small and nimble finger ring which can be used as a computer mouse. This ring mouse connects to any device over low-energy Bluetooth and supports a variety of clicking and scrolling gestures. More importantly, it comes in 12 different sizes and is waterproof, which means you can continue wearing it anywhere you go without worrying about breaking it or frying the internals.
Sure, we’re close to seeing flying cars and other levitating transport models, but Hoversurf is transforming personal transport while keeping it super cool. Hoversurf’s S3 is quadcopter superbike which can not only take off and land at any concrete surface but also hovers above the ground at 60 miles per hour. The body of the flying bike is made of carbon fiber which makes it super light and agile, giving it a weight of only 250 pounds. The vehicle has already been adopted as part of Dubai Police’s fleet of supercars and superbikes which criminals cannot evade very easily. Riders are recommended to fly the hoverbike at a height of 5 feet, which can also be adjusted as per requirements. While this is an early concept we’re seeing, we expect to see an evolution into actually flying bikes in future.
15. HiMirror Mini
Like many other objects of daily utility, our mirrors are getting smarter too and HiMirror is a company pioneering in this field. HiMirror Mini is one of the latest products to be added to the company’s catalog of smart mirrors and besides letting you look at your face with greater clarity compared to a normal mirror, this one can perform a total of 8 different types of analyses on your face. This includes looking for wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, roughness, complexion etc. by dividing your face into different areas and analyzing each differently. Based on this, the smart mirror offers advice to improve your skin by keeping it hydrated or using different types of lotions to fight problems like acne. You can also order more beauty products by just asking Alexa which comes inbuilt in this smart mirror.
16. LUMZAG – The Smart Bag Packed With Cool Features
Offering some of the most outstanding features for any bag, LUMZAG offers you complete security for your valuable belongings, unhindered connectivity, and safety for itself. Besides this, the smart bag will keep your devices charged up courtesy of the inbuilt 10,000mAh power bank, which also happens to power a wireless charger for flagship devices. LUMZAG is equipped with a rear-view camera which you can use to get a full picture of what’s behind you in real-time using the app, while GPS ensures that you don’t forget the bag or have it stolen. You can tag the essentials from your bag with smart stickers available with the bag to make sure you don’t leave anything behind. The bag also comes with an inbuilt light to let you rummage through the contents even without any external light. Lastly, the anti-theft feature ensures that you’re informed on your smartphone every time someone tries to open your bag without your permission. All these features ensure unmatched safety and flexibility, guaranteeing the maximum utility that any bag can offer.
17. US:E – Camera Equipped Smart Lock with Facial Recognition
With the evolution of our homes, one key element that has also evolved is the door lock. From simple locks, we’ve gone to all-inclusive lock deadbolts and levers. Smart locks have been among the most awesome inventions that have revolutionized how we visualize door locking and the next big addition in this category is US:E, a smart lock which offers six different methods of unlocking a door. Besides basic key and passcode access, US:E can be unlocked using fingerprint, a key fob, remotely using a smartphone, or even by scanning the owner’s face with the built-in infrared facial recognition technology which is powered by an AI. The lock is as easy to install as a standard lock and you can pair it with a fingerprint-equipped turning handle to add more layers of security.
18. CleanseBot – World’s First Bacteria Killing Robot
Over the past few years, vacuum cleaner robots, commonly clubbed in the category of Roomba (one of the brands which popularized the concept), have been on the rise. But what about places out of Roomba’s reach? For more intimate places like your bed, you can use CleanseBot. It is a tiny cleaning robot which disinfects your bed from unwanted pathogens, especially bacteria such as E.coli. The robot cleaner is built in with 18 AI-backed smart modes to automatically clean any bed and has four UV lights to not just sanitize your bedding but also the air. CleanseBot weight less than half a pound and can be a great companion for your trips, especially when you’re not sure about the cleanliness in a hotel, and its compact form and great utility make it one of the most amazing and awesome inventions we’ve witnessed.
19. Cubinote – Smart Sticky Note Printer
Sticky notes are handy and besides reminding us about important tasks, they keep our desks colorful and lively. Cubinote takes this a step further by letting you print anything on colored sticky notes. The mini printer connects to any device wirelessly via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and can print anything on these colorful notes even without ink. In practice, Cubinote works with a special kind of heat-sensitive paper and uses heat to print on top of this paper, which can be sliced into notes of any length and stuck almost everywhere using the existing adhesive on the back of the paper. Cubinote makes it to our list of cool and awesome inventions for its ease of use and ability to brighten up any workspace.
20. Nybble – World’s Cutest Open Source Robotic Kitten
Boston Dynamics’ Spot Mini, which looks like a dog, may have left us with the impression that robots of the future will be scary but Nybble might change this opinion. Nybble is a small and cute cat-shaped robot which sits, walks, stands on its hind limbs, and can learn to perform many more new tricks. Nybble is not meant to be a full-fledged robot but an STEM toy based on Raspberry Pi designed to teach kids about how to assemble, program, and even hack robots. So whether it is to watch a cute robot kitten learn tricks or fight out with others of its form, Nybble is surely one of the cutest and most awesome inventions one can think of.
21. Naga 3D Headphones
Active noise cancellation headphones are quite a rage nowadays but Naga headphones with 3D audio take your experience to the next level. Apart from offering a high-quality spatial audio experience, these headphones will rid you from the trouble of charging them often – and no, it’s not because of their 20-hour-long battery life. Besides the 3D analog sound output, what makes the Naga headphones a great invention is their ability to charge with solar energy. The headband of this pair of headphones accommodates a flexible solar panel which charges the inbuilt battery in an hour of exposure to the sun.
22. KEY-X – Smart Keyboard for People with Disabilities
KEY-X makes it to our list of awesome inventions because it guarantees that dreams and aspirations cannot be bound by physical disabilities. KEY-X is a special keyboard designed for specially-abled people and instead of using individual keys, has a cluster of letters around each button. The keys are soft to touch and can be enabled with a gentle nudge although they’re engineered to bear with rough usage. The keyboard is as good as a normal USB keyboard and does not require any special installation or software to couple with it. It also supports a variety of other accessories such as a smart eye detector or a single click switch so that those suffering from much more severe ailments like motor neuron disease can also utilize the features of this great invention.
23. PWR 27 – Your Traveling PowerStation
Traveling without additional battery backup can make you feel pretty powerless. But to save yourself the trouble, you can rely on PWR 27, a compact-sized power bank with a massive capacity of 27,000mAh. The power bank is dust and waterproof, can be dropped from a height of up to 1,000 feet, and is capable of bearing with a crushing load of 2 tons, which means that you can take it to any place with you irrespective of the terrain or weather conditions. PWR 27 is capable of charging five devices at once and includes an AC output too. If you manage to be caught up in the wilderness while PWR 27 loses all its battery, you can charge it with sun too. All of these astonishing features make PWR 27 a must-have for wanderlusts.
Notable mention: If you’re okay with carrying some extra weight for additional power, you can also take a look at the Monster Portable Power Station (visit). The power station comes with a 100,500mAh battery pack which supports high power output including support for AC as well as USB-PD, which is as fast as a MacBook’s USB-C charger.
24. Unagi – The Ultimate Electric Scooter
Scooting your way through the city was never as easy as Unagi makes it. It a compact electric scooter which can be folded and taken everywhere. Being built with magnesium, the e-scooter is very lightweight which complements its foldable design. It uses puncture-proof tires, so you won’t have to worry about unnecessary hiccups or breakdowns. The scooter features an LED display on the top to notify you of the battery status, as well as button controls for brake, horn, and the LED light. The throttle is on the right side of the handlebar, as usual with bikes. The ABS-like braking control further improves your safety, and all of these features together make Unagi a great and ergonomic urban transport and one of the most awesome inventions of the present times.
25. Rone Mini Heater
We leave no stone unturned when it comes to keeping ourselves warm in winters but that often involves plugging in or moving heavy heating equipment. Rone is a solution to that problem as it comes in a very compact form factor and can easily find space on your table or desk. With its tiny size, moving Rone around isn’t a tiring job either. Besides the heater module which has multiple speed options, Rone comes with a pebble-shaped enhancement which can help you warm your hands. Further, Rone is incredibly quiet and would hardly make you feel its presence unless you toggle the highest fan speed. What else do you need from a portable heater?
Notable mention: If you fancy portable heaters, we have another option for you to look at and that is the oscillating heater by Airdog (visit). With two-level heating and incredibly low noise, Airdog keeps you warm without crushing you under the weight of electricity bills. It uses a fire-proof ABS housing for a safe and cozy experience.
26. Geopress Purifier – Clean Water, Anywhere in the World
Obtaining potable water is a major challenge when you’re off-grid and this is where handheld filters come into play. You must have heard of LifeStraw which lets you drink water directly from any running stream without worrying about any impurities and Geopress takes it a step further. Geopress Purifier uses zeolites for ion exchange along with an activated carbon filter to remove disease-causing viruses, bacteria, protozoan, heavy metals, and other chemical impurities from almost any dirty stream of water, making it suitable for drinking. With Geofilter, you can not only instantly filter dirty water and prevent diseases like Rotavirus and Hepatitis A but also store 24oz (710ml) for thirst on the go.
27. Hover 2 – The 4K Drone that Flies Itself
Drones have helped us capture important moments of our lives with greater flexibility than a hand-held digital camera or camcorder. Hover 2 is designed to do that and a lot more, without much human intervention. The drone comes with an AI onboard which not only guides it while flying but also helps capture 4K videos from the best possible angles. The AI is capable of detecting obstacles and dodging them in real time, allowing you to focus on enjoying nature while Hover 2 takes care of the rest. Moreover, it comes in a lightweight and foldable design, and advanced subject mapping that ensures a cinematic quality while the inbuilt gimbal ensures a great amount of stability. All of these features ensure that Hover 2 enjoys a comfortable position in our list of some of the coolest and most awesome inventions of contemporary times.
28. NATEDE – A Smart Natural Air Purifier
NATEDE is the air purifier of the future which utilizes the goodness of sustainable technology and indoor plants to remove suspended particulate matter, microbes, pet dander etc. from the air without using too much energy. NATEDE is a unique potting solution which relies on letting air flow through indoor plants and a reusable photocatalytic filter instead of just filter media to clean indoor air. It is compact and seamlessly blends with any furniture or setting; removes 99% of the bacteria and viruses from the air without using too much energy. The compatible app not only informs you about the quality of the air but also the condition of the soil while its advanced water circulation system ensures that your life-saving plants are never thirsty. This is one of the coolest and most convincing and awesome inventions, especially if you live in an urban jungle which often has a thick layer of smog.
29. PANZERBOARD – All Terrain E-Skateboard
While we have talked about the importance of conserving the environment and how the awesome inventions listed above help us achieve that, it is equally important to have fun and PANZERBOARD is designed exactly for that. PANZERBOARD is an all-terrain electric skateboard which will let you ride it irrespective of the surface underneath. The skateboard comes with two different acceleration modes to give you the amount of traction required per surface. With the compatible remote, you can achieve a top speed of 31 miles an hour and ride for more than 18 miles per single charge. To complement the powerful motor, you get four pneumatic tires and shockers to absorb any jerks while riding. PANZERBOARD is a mean machine which will make others envy you while you have the time of your life.
30. Levia – Unique Levitating Marble Lamp
Anything contactless and levitating is instantly pleasing and delightful so our last entry in the list of superb and awesome inventions is Levia, a levitating lightbulb which works through electromagnetic induction. Levia’s aesthetics aren’t its only charming factor as the developers have carefully designed the levitating mechanism ensuring that you don’t accidentally knock the bulb off. The lamp looks beautiful because its base is made up of genuine Italian Marquina or Carrara marbles, which is hand-polished after hydraulic cutting for an appealing appearance. Levia’s beguiling looks and its ease of use is what lets it into our list of awesome inventions.
Awesome Technologies That Will Rule 2019
The evolution in the field of technology is faster than ever and as we’re entering the end of another great decade filled with technological innovations, here are some technologies that are expected to rule 2019 and grab most of our attention.
The next generation of mobile communications is about to arrive with major telecom operators already performing trials for 5G networks and the launch of Snapdragon 855 SoC which will be the first SoC to support the network. As the technology becomes more popular, we will see a host of applications which will largely depend on the internet. With 5G, we will be able to access network speeds in the range of gigabits per second, almost a hundred times faster than the current 4G network. With 5G, we will be able to send and receive information in the blink of an eye – literally!
With the massive increase in data speeds, most of the processing could take place at servers. This could mean that you can subscribe to a gaming service and play hardware intensive titles on your smartphone or a tablet PC running on 5G even without owning the necessary hardware. Besides the significant jump in speeds on our mobile devices, we are also likely to witness an increase in the communication between machines, allowing them to make their own decisions, and also augment ours. From smart vending machines, that will recognize you by the face to dispense your favorite candy even before you make a command, to self-driven vehicles, 5G will open doors to a variety of possibilities.
Li-Fi or Light Fidelity is another network protocol that can replace conventional Wi-Fi systems. Instead of using radio waves used by Wi-Fi, Li-Fi uses electromagnetic signals which may or may not be visible to humans, such as ultraviolet, infrared waves beside just visible light. Using LEDs which are dimmed below human visibility, Li-Fi compatible systems offer faster and more reliable connections than the current generation of Wi-Fi routers. The concept of Li-Fi is not new but we expect the technology to really catch up in the coming years, and French research firm Yole Développement predicts an exponential growth starting in 2021.
3. Quantum Computing
Quantum Computing is another revolution in the area of computing which might take the world by storm in the coming years. The technology is currently in a nascent stage when it comes to consumer utility, but there has been extensive research in the field with involvement from tech giants such as IBM. In Quantum computing, standard bits (elementary units of electronic data) are replaced by quantum bits (or qubits) such that they can be in the on-state (1) and off-state (0) simultaneously instead of being in either of the states. This will allow standard computers to make much quicker decisions and researchers predict that each individual personal quantum computer will be as powerful as a contemporary supercomputer, and this appears very promising.
30 Cool and Awesome Inventions to Amaze You
We have made a diverse list of all the amazing and cool inventions from 2018, and some slightly older, that can be seen making incredible differences to the ways humans use technology. We have tried to be impartial and include products from all major areas of technology.
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