Every year, technology companies around the world create new inventions that change the lives of the millions of people living on our planet.
Here are 10 of the most interesting inventions we’ve seen and how they can help us shape a better world for ourselves and future generations.
1. Shoes That Tie Themselves: Nike Hyperadapt 1.0
Fans of Back To The Future were rejoicing when Nike released these pairs of shoes that could lace themselves up.
By pressing a button, wearers can tighten and loosen the shoes around their foot.
Watch how it works below:
Available for US$720
2. Solar Panels That Look Like Tiles: Solar Roof
Developed by Tesla and Solarcity, the roof solves the problem of unsightly and bulky metal boxes on top of a roof.
Instead, these roof panels are designed to look like tiles and blend together with your roof, so you don’t have to worry about bulky metal boxes.
Watch how it works below:
3. A Built Your Own Home: Better Shelter
Co-developed by The Ikea Foundation, Better Shelter is a line of contemporary houses that have been equipped with the likes door locks and even solar panels.
The best part is, much like its furniture, the Better Shelter will be shipped flat and can be put together in just under four hours.
So far, the shelters have been used by countries sheltering refugees to provide them with better lodging. Besides turning the portable shelter into a home, aid agencies have turned it into clinics, a reception area and so much more.
See how it works, below:
4. The Bracelet That Helps Kids Give Back: UNICEF Kid Power Band
This Power Band basically does two things: get kids active and helps them give back to less fortunate children.
Kids are encouraged to meet their step goals to earn points. The more points they get translated to the more food packages UNICEF sends to kids all over the world.
5. Barbie Dolls That Reflect Society: Mattel Barbie Dolls
For the longest time, women and mothers every where complain about the unrealistic expectations that Barbie dolls have set for their growing daughters — and even sons!
Earlier this year, Mattel, the reknown toy manufacturer has worked towards changing that. While the original size Barbie still exists, they now come in three different sizes. Children everywhere can now get their hands on petite, tall or even curvy Barbie and the best part is? They come in different shapes, skin tones and hair textures.
See more of its features below:
6. A Robot That Could Make Chores Easier: Haier Ubot
Made by Chinese home appliances brand Haier, this smart housekeeping robot could make chores a lot easier.
Designed to communicate with the brand’s washing machine and refridgerators, to help you monitor your wash cycles and help you prepare and store food better.
What’s more, the robot is said to be able to detect things like gas leaks and warn you if an intruder has broken into your home.
7. A Bra That Helps Monitor Breast Health: OMbra
Made by OMSignal, the brand that brought smart shirts for men, comes OMbra, a smart sports bra that tracks your breathing rhythm and helps you understand your body better.
The sensors in the bra can help you track the distance you’ve travelled and the amount of effort exerted on your chest area while you’re working out.
8. The Calorie Counter: SCiO
Watching your diet in 2017? You might want to get this food scanner from Consumer Physics.
Simply scan an item and you’ll know immediately how many calories there are and find out their nutritional make-up too.
9. The Alarm Clock That Wakes You Up With Smells: Sensorwake
Always hated the sound of your alarm clock? Well, this Sensorwake version gets you out of bed with scents you’ve associated with the morning.
From the smell of buttery crossaints to the scent of a hot cup of coffee brewing, you’ll probably get up faster!
10. The Umbrella That Tells You When It's Going To Rain: The Oombrella
Forget the weather apps on your phone. The Oombrella’s got you covered.
This smart umbrella sends you alerts about when it’s going to rain just before you’re about to leave the house so you’ll never have to worry about forgetting to bring your umbrella with you when you’re heading out.
Also, if you’ve got that terrible habit of leaving umbrellas in restaurants or wherever you go, it’ll send you messages on your smartphone to remember to take it with you.