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Weird and wonderful life-changing tech from around the world

Technology is constantly evolving, some of it is weird and wonderful, some thoroughly useful and capable of changing our lives for the better.

We’ve been on the lookout for some of the most interesting gadgets and gizmos from around the world. The tech we’ve found just scratches the surface of how incredible things can get.

Come with us on a journey of technological discovery and marvel at what’s on offer.

Edible aid drones

There’s no better altruistic tech use than disaster relief – putting gadgets to work to aid those most in need during desperate times is the ultimate human endeavour.

We’ve seen technologies employed in different ways to help save and aid people in regions that have been hit by natural disasters (tsunamis for example), but this is one of the most interesting.

The Pouncer is an inexpensive drone that’s designed to be able to reach remote disaster areas where roads are blocked or impassable. The drone can not only deliver life-saving resources but is also capable of having its wings stuffed with food to provide sustenance for those in need. The frame can also be deconstructed and used for firewood, while coverings can be used for shelter. A brilliant design concept.

Jelly Drops for people with dementia

These simple little Jelly Drops were invented to solve a problem with dementia. Those suffering from dementia often have issues from memory loss and difficulties with everyday tasks including basic healthcare like drinking enough water. As a result, the sufferers can become unwell quite quickly due to dehydration.

Lewis Hornby set about solving this problem, first by sensory deprivation techniques and virtual reality tools to experience what life might be like for the elderly suffering with these problems, then by researching how to create super-hydrating foods.

Jelly Drops are the result. These colourful drops are made from 90 per cent water and include extra ingredients to further support hydration. They’re flavoured and coloured to make them more enticing and testing found people with dementia were more likely to eat lots of them than remember to drink water. The life-saving potential for this simple solution speaks for itself.

Seabin ocean pollution removal

Pollution of our oceans with plastic waste is an ever-growing problem. There are several different technologies being designed to help combat this issue by cleaning waste from the seas, Seabin is one such solution.

This simple bit of tech works like a drain, collecting rubbish as it washes over the rim of the bin. Similar, larger scale systems have been developed to cover bigger parts of the ocean and remove waste, but this is a brilliantly simple example that we love.

Touch-hear text recognition

This technology actually dates back a few years now, but we liked it for the potential applications. Touch-hear text recognition reads words to you as you run your finger over them in a book.

Not sure how to pronounce a word? Need a translation? Need to find out more about a phrase on a page? The possible applications for this device are incredible. It could also theoretically improve lives for the visually impaired too.

Artificial embryos

Scientific advancements can be both astounding and terrifying in their potential at the same time. Embryologists from Cambridge University have been working on creating embryos using just stem cells.

These scientists discovered that placing stem cells carefully together could result in the cells communicating and lining up in an embryo-like manner. This self-organisation of cells shows a potential for synthetic embryos being created in the future without any sperm or egg. The next step? Artificial human embryos.

Hip’Safe fall protection airbags for seniors

As people get old and frail in later years, they often become prone to falls and tumbles that could potentially result in serious injuries.

Hip’Safe is a wearable airbag that’s designed to inflate when a fall is detected – resulting in protective air cushions softening the impact before the wearer hits the ground. A brilliant solution that could easily save lives and help keep the elderly safe across the world.

Glasses that help the colourblind see colour

Colourblindness is a problem that affects 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women – meaning roughly three million people in the UK alone are colourblind as are millions more around the world.

The condition is caused by the way the retinal cone cells respond to light and how the brain interprets the information it sees. Usually, this is due to having an overlapping response to lightwaves making it hard to distinguish between colours.