Many of the most promising and celebrated inventions of 2014 were those intended to solve humanitarian or energy concerns, such as the GravityLight and Soccket. Both are capable of providing light and charging electrical items without the use of inefficient fuels, such as kerosene. The GravityLight generates energy with weights, pulleys and gears, whereas the Soccket stores the kinetic energy from being used as a football.Know More
Another eco-friendly invention that sought to tackle the issue of global warming and fossil fuel consumption was the Dearman Engine. Invented by Peter Dearman of the United Kingdom, this engine is fueled by extremely cold liquid air, with an approximate temperature of minus 200 degrees Celsius.
Addressing the problems associated with cooking in the developing world, the Infinity Bakery is a solar-powered cooker made from recycled and natural materials. It minimizes the use of expensive and toxic fuels, and can be constructed with little effort.
Water purity has been another problem in the developing world, and the Portapure was invented to clean polluted drinking water with minimal cost and energy. On a single filter, it can process and clean between 3,000 and 5,000 gallons of dirty water.
Other 2014 inventions aimed at more of a first-world target market include hand sanitizers that can be monitored via the internet to ensure their usage in hospitals, a portable spectrometer for scanning the nutritional content of food and a shower that recycles its own wastewater.Learn more about Inventions
Over the course of his career, Thomas Edison accumulated 1,093 patents for his inventions, including the phonograph, the motion-picture camera, the alkaline battery and the automatic telegraph. While he did not invent the light bulb, he was the first to invent an incandescent light bulb reliable enough for use in the home, and he developed a suitable electricity-generation system to power it.Full Answer >
British inventions made between 1750 and 1900 include the centrifugal governor, the Charlotte Dundas steamboat, the steam locomotive, the photographic camera and Marconi's wireless communication. The time between 1750 and 1900 in Britain witnessed both the Industrial Revolution and the Victorian Era.Full Answer >
Marco Polo, a Venetian merchant and explorer in the 13th century, is not credited with any inventions. However, the book depicting his travels introduced many Asian inventions and ideas to Europe.Full Answer >
The Sumerians came up with the concept of 60-second minutes, 60-minute hours and 24-hour days; Sumerians founded the first schools, and they created the first wheeled vehicles, toys for children and the idea of the 360-degree circle. Sumerians also developed the first system of writing and writing implements.Full Answer >