Is this the Renaissance of invention? Have engineers moved from geekdom to superhero status? We think so.
Because of the efforts of engineers and the rapid pace of advances, in the conceivable future we may be able to render laundry water reusable, reverse paralysis, remove carbon from the air, save the sea and maybe, just maybe, get more sleep.
Here are six innovations that may just save our world, in our lifetime...
Turning carbon into rock
There are three parts to solving the carbon emissions problem. First how to minimize carbon production in the first place. Second how to remove the carbon from the air once it's produced, and third what to do with it. The CarbFix project based in Iceland has found a way to turn carbon into rock. And it's a solution that is looking more and more rock solid. ;-)
By wirelessly connecting the brain to electrical stimulators in the body, Grégoire Courtine and his team are making large strides towards reversing paralysis. Researchers also have found that once patients have used Courtine's device, nerves that were once non-responsive may be regenerating. This means patients begin to recover movement without the use of the neural prosthetic!
Edible Six Pack Rings
Plastic is destroying, among other things, our oceans and wildlife. To help with their end of the bargain as a brewer, Saltwater Brewery and WeBelievers, co-created the first ever Edible Six Pack Rings. The rings are biodegradable and edible.
Molekule is the only air purifier to eliminate all indoor air pollutants (e.g., allergens, molds, etc.). To clarify, pollutants are not stored in a filter, but destroyed. Leaving the air truly cleaned, and the pollutants never to be seen again.
Reusing laundry water
AquaFresco has developed a technology that lets washing machines reuse up to 95% of wastewater. This is especially impactful on improving the quality of our environment when we consider the amount of waste water produced by hotels or hospitals when doing their laundry.
NASA spacesuit or baby blanket?
Little Lotus is using NASA developed technology to help babies (and their parents) get more sleep. Their baby blankets and wraps keep babies at the ideal temperature while they sleep -- helping babies sleep more comfortably, and hopefully longer.
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