These innovation and technology are equipped to handle public health emergencies and contain their spread… Let’s know more about these inspiring innovation!
Seeing how the novel coronavirus has infected many people makes you realize how much a pandemic can change the whole world. The exponential rising of Covid-19 cases has affected the world catastrophically. Many people have died while the surviving are finding it difficult to live normally.
In addition to the immeasurable suffering, the deadly coronavirus is already hurting the world economy. The lockdowns initiated by all nations have made contact difficult as a result of crippling industries, economies, and societies. Business entities have felt a significant blow to their profits. It is sad that economists further worsening of the situation.
However, it is disasters like these that push minds to think of innovations to try and control them. These innovation and technology are equipped to handle public health emergencies and contain their spread. Below are some innovative ideas which are restoring the much-needed interaction but also keeping everyone safe.
Top 12 New ideas are given below!
1 Finding the quietest time using Lidl
Feeling like shopping but afraid of what’s out there? Fear not, there is a solution for your insecurity. Lidl, an Irish supermarket, offers its customers a chance to find a less crowded time to go shopping. So how can you use this opportunity to your advantage?
You send an inquiry with the day and time you intend to visit the shop. Lidl’s WhatsApp chatbot advises you if that time of the day will be busy or not. It’s that simple! Lidl tells you whether your time of choice is quieter or more hectic to shop.
They analyze behaviors of their shoppers. How? They use real-time data and customer transaction numbers to determine which hours of the day are quietest or busiest to visit. After being informed, you can strategize your shopping trips. Interesting right?
2 Sotario, the Tracing Application
Sotario, the mobile application prompts you to enter the names of your contacts and their locations, and it generates red zones. These are areas you have been, and if you are Covid-19 positive, it warns others are entering your red zone. You self-isolate and keeping yourself from spreading the virus.
Information Technology students designed the application at Chinhoyi University of Technology Munyaradzi Muneka, Alvin Kakomo, and Christopher Chinyamukobvu. Saddened by the rising in the spread of the virus, the trio came up with this idea.
This Covid-19 contact tracing application seeks to help address the challenge of tracing past movements. Your every move is recorded in this application.
Why fear going out when you can assess yourself the gravity of the situation outside. With this application, you can be sure to network in an environment safe for you and others around you.
- Finding safe training routes using Suunto Heatmaps
How much do you miss your outdoor training in this COVID era? If you love your body, don’t stress on where to train. You can use Suunto Heatmaps to find less crowded places. Heatmaps show where the red spots are and where there’s space for you to stay safe and keep your distance.
The application makes your training easier by marking your surrounding areas red and yellow with your training path. Whether you’re looking for running, cycling, swimming routes, Heatmaps shows you safe training areas that are away from the crowd.
Heatmaps look at millions of workouts to show you where the Suunto community loves to train across the planet. If you don’t want to train indoors, the Suunto application is there to discover new training routes in your neighborhood. If you are somewhere new, you find the popular local spots, staying safe and keeping your distance by avoiding them.
- The Virtual Holiday platform
Tourism agencies have been making money all over the world. The industry is one of the negatively affected industries world over with many companies downsizing, some even closing down the business.
Recreation time has been reduced; hence depression, and home-based violence cases have skyrocketed due to the absence of fun. How scary? I bet you and your family miss all the places you used to visit. Fortunately, Creative Agency BBH innovated a platform to visit Singapore’s Sentosa Island virtually in the comfort of your home.
Witnessing the beauty of nature helps to soothe the mind out of depression and wicked thought. This idea allows you to enjoy nature while keeping yourself safe from the virus. You can enjoy beach yoga, music festivals, and beach bars. Not only that, but you can also use your avatar for exploring the island and embarking on nature.
- Zoom places for soccer fans
Are you a soccer fan? How did you feel when it was announced that soccer matches are now behind closed doors? I’m sure it was like being pierced through the heart by a hot knife. Double pain! Not to worry, you can join the Denmark soccer fans via zoom. Life under lockdown inspired the idea
You are given pitchside screens to cheer or boo teams behind closed doors via a video link. Interesting right? When you use the link, you are given for free tickets with choices on where you would want to be situated. Just like in a real stadium, but a virtual one. The platform welcomes even non-supporters who are just there to spectate or even away fans. The initiators of this idea partnered with Zoom. With much enthusiasm, it has been accepted by the Denmark fans that they don’t want to miss any single game.
- Orpheus, for the Health of the Mind
Your mind is one body that needs extra care. While keeping everyone safe, the lockdowns have come with a downside of causing mental health issues like stress, grief, guilt. Therapy is needed most in these times when there is limited outside interaction.
The Cuhu Agency has launched an innovative new application, Orpheus, to challenge adverse mental health, addictions, anxiety, and stress. This can ease away your psychological problems and stay healthy. You necessarily don’t have to use it for meditation. Its focus is on destructive emotions and can help with cravings and compulsions.
Orpheus has received many good reviews on its stress relief abilities, especially during this time when there is minimal activity. It has gone from an idea to improve mental health, to a key that is unlocking the healthcare industry. It is considered a perfect example of how technology can be used for good.
- Getting Therapy from Mindline
Still in the spirit to make our minds healthy, the use of Mindline can be helpful. Slightly different from Orpheus, Mindline is like an online therapy platform.
It has, which you can use solely for your mental health and wellbeing. No need to miss therapy with this one. You get all sites to take care of your mind. It provided information on your exact requirements. Resources are at your disposal across the social and healthcare systems. You can even get information on how to speak to a counselor through the. Amazing, is it? One of the significant advantages this platform offers is a clinically validated self-assessment tool. It recommends what to do with your mind assessment results. Your mind is good hands when you access this.
- Asimov Robotics Robots
When I think of how risky it is for nurses and doctors to take care of patients, I am terrified. How do they do such a challenging job? Do they have enough equipment to ensure their safety? The vulnerability of health workers in this pandemic is so high that many of them died taking care of patients. But how about a few robots join us in stopping the spread of the virus and fighting against COVID-19?
To ensure the safety of medical staff, Asimov Robotics developed robots to distribute food and medicines in Kerala Hospital isolation wards. Visitors are given hand sanitizers and masks and educated on the importance of personal hygiene. The robots can stream videos which show how to maintain social distancing. They have thermal camera sensors which analyze people’s body temperatures. Once you produce a reading above average, they advise you to consult with the health department.
- Transparent Face Masks
Wearing a mask has become the new normal as advised by the World Health Organisation and all medical practitioners. Many types of masks are designed to keep people safer despite them creating difficulties in fully identifying faces. Have you ever realized that it is so awkward to talk with your face mask on? You might have a leopard print, or the standard blue medical variety, all of these have one challenge in common. They limit communication by covering your facial expressions. This poses great difficulty for the deaf community.
To eliminate this drawback, Redcliffe Medicals designed a mask transparent enough to see your whole face while giving you protection. It safeguards your safety at the same time, allowing others to see your identity and read your entire facial expressions. Its air filtering abilities and self-purifying feature provide protective capabilities required of a mask and have been liked by many.
- Smart Face Mask that connects to Phones
Is your speech clear when using your phone for calls? How about when using voice search? Many would answer this question, no. Some even remove the mask because their voices would be choked. But that is putting yourself at more risk to contract the virus. You do have to put yourself at that much risk to use your phone.
A Japanese start-up developed a mask that connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Named the “C-Mask,” the device fits over regular, fabric-based masks, something you can wear around comfortably. It connects to an application via Bluetooth, enabling it to transliterate speech to messages, which are sent via your smartphone. It translates Japanese into eight other languages and amplifies your, in case you can’t be heard through the mask. The C-Mask promises to let you continue using your phone outside without increasing the risk of catching the coronavirus.
- Vibrating Necklace to help you stop touching your face
Do you still find yourself tempted to touch your face? If yes, then this is the right gadget for you.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab has a wearable for you. It is a necklace, the pulse is not just for decoration, but you can wear it as a pendant. Each time you get your hand closer to your face, the device around your neck vibrates with some intense. That vibration is a reminder for you to put your hand away from your face zone into a safer zone. The vibrating necklace was developed to work hand in hand with other coronavirus measures, like hand-washing and mask-wearing. Together they help you not to infect yourself with the virus.
- Social distancing Collar
Nations have eased the lockdowns with the potential of further freedoms; hence we must keep our distance on the busy streets. With this happening, we ask ourselves, are we ever going to be safe? What can we do to ensure the person beside us doesn’t infect us?
As social distancing looks set to continue into the long-term, developers are coming up with novelties to keep us safe. An India-based architecture devised choker integrated with sensors that identify infrared radiations emanating from the temperature of those passing by. It will then let you know if there is a distance between using either a visual or audio signal. The collar is designed in such a way that it produces warning signals of ensuring everyone stays away from you. What development it is.
What’s the lesson to be learned?
COVID-19 has presented incredible difficulties in the overall economy and our daily lives. Our capacity to fight this and future global crises is the fundamental aspect. At the same time, crisis is also a reliable driver of creativity and innovation. While these innovations are being considered as the new norm, they would have been unnoticed ten years pre-COVID-19. Undeniably, if looked at carefully, one can already observe abundant creativity and innovation emerging at all levels from all corners.
So, if nothing else, this difficult chapter underscores how critical it preserve the investment in fundamental R&D and connectivity infrastructure. And if we keep on looking at the brighter side, the longer the crisis lasts, the larger the opportunities are. Whether you are ordinary or extraordinary, you can save lives as long as you have a global mindset.