Inventions
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

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Single Le Tres Chic Toilette 

The public urinal that turns pee into compostIt may be better known as the city of light and of love, but Paris is also – and all too often – the city of pee, and consequently of pong. But the French capital has a new weapon in its longstanding battle against les pipis sauvages, or wild peeing, the time-honoured if technically prohibited practice of urinating in the street, and its unsavoury accompanying odours. 

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Green Home Inventions Main

The green home of the future will not only waste less water and energy, it’ll be a lot more convenient to operate thanks to smart features that are either automated, or controllable using our mobile phones. The following intriguing inventions give us a glimpse at what appliances and gadgets might be featured in an eco-friendly environment within a decade or two – and some are already available!

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water drop gif

Water shortage is a pressing issue worldwide: According to the UN, 1.2 billion people (almost one-fifth of the world’s population) live in areas where water is scarce, and another 500 million people are nearing this situation. It’s no wonder, then, that the world is seeking to produce and conserve water – both for drinking and for agriculture – especially during droughts.

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Uber flying taxi 

This computer generated image provided by Uber Technologies shows a flying taxi by Uber. Commuters of the future could get some relief from congested roads if Uber’s plans for flying taxis work out. The ride-hailing service has unveiled an artist’s impression of the sleek, futuristic machine it hopes to start using for demonstration flights in 2020 and deploy for ride-sharing by 2028.

 

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Unmanned Crago Ship 2 

Transporting cargo across the oceans is vital in a global economy - yet ships sully our already polluted planet. Some of the design solutions to fix that sound straight from science fiction. In August, 2017 in San Diego, California, an engineer sat down at his computer and gripped a joystick on the desk in front of him. He wasn’t playing a video game – he was piloting a massive cargo ship thousands of miles away off the coast of Scotland.