SciDev.Net: Potato batteries, wind-powered mine detectors, smart waterpumps… SciDev.Net revisits some of the best inventions of 2012.
Fascinating innovations come from around the world, and aim to tackle a range of development issues, from cutting the risk of disasters and disease, to helping people with disabilities access information and bringing energy to remote areas.
Novel materials that fit inside a vaccine-carrying box could help prevent vaccines spoiling before use.
A silicone nipple shield primed with medicines could help protect breastfeeding babies from HIV and other diseases.
Researchers in Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka say potato and plantain are both strong candidates for producing cheap, efficient batteries.
Hearing and sight impaired mobile phone users could benefit from a texting application based on Morse code.
A table designed to stay upright under a tonne of debris could provide shelter in an earthquake, say its Israeli designers.
Rwandan agriculture researchers are using an X-ray technique developed by the mining sector to improve the nutrition value of beans.
An Afghan designer has invented a wind-powered mine detector that could significantly reduce the cost of clearing minefields.
A group of Ugandan students have hooked up a smartphone to a traditional listening horn to monitor babies in the womb.
Researchers in the US have unveiled new technology which could significantly increase tsunami detection capabilities.
A UK team has developed ‘smart’ water pumps using mobile phone technology to communicate faults to engineers, to improve water access in Africa.
Started in year 2010, ‘Climate Himalaya’ initiative has been working on Mountains and Climate linked issues in the Himalayan region of South Asia. In the last five years this knowledge sharing portal has become one of the important references for the governments, research institutions, civil society groups and international agencies, those have work and interest in the Himalayas. The Climate Himalaya team innovates on knowledge sharing, capacity building and climatic adaptation aspects in its focus countries like Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan. Climate Himalaya’s thematic areas of work are mountain ecosystem, water, forest and livelihood. Read>>