Top ICT (Information & Communications Technology) Predictions In Asia Pacific

IN the increasingly digital world, new and emerging innovations are set to disrupt the way people live, work and play. According to youth across the Asia Pacific region, the most exciting technologies expected to have the largest impact on their future lives will be artificial intelligence, virtual/ mixed/augmented reality, and Internet of Things, based on survey findings released today by Microsoft.

In the Microsoft Asia Digital Future Survey, 1,400 youth were polled across 14 markets across the Asia Pacific region, comprising Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Artificial intelligence is ranked as the top technology that youth expect to have the biggest impact on their lives. In recent years, the confluence of power devices, cloud and data has enabled bold visions on how AI can be an integrated part of our digital future. According to the survey, these are the three scenarios that youth anticipate that the biggest improvement to their lives from AI:

  1. Connected or driverless cars (39%)
  2. Software robots that improve productivity (36%)
  3. Robots as social companions (19%)

The second-ranked technology that youth are excited about is virtual/mixed/augmented reality. The third-ranked technology that youth are most excited about is the Internet of Things. Six in 10 youth feel their country is not ready to adapt to digital disruptions. To address this, they feel a top priority is to ensure schools prepare students with the right skills to fully leverage future innovations (30%); followed by creating conducive business environments to encourage start-ups (29%), and making technology accessible to all citizens (24%). The survey also revealed some of the concerns held by youth around the increasingly digital world. Among their top three concerns are:

  1. Security and privacy (28%)
  2. Relationships becoming too impersonal (27%)
  3. Potential loss of jobs (26%)

According to the survey, youth feel strongly that public-private partnerships (37%) are needed to drive innovations, ahead of the public sector or the government going at it alone (29%); technology start-ups (18%); and the private sector (15%).

Do share your thoughts in below comment box and tell us if you agree this is the Future we are heading to 🙂

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MUST READ: The Inventor’s Dilemma

HAPPY World Intellectual Property Day! A tricky issue that has long plagued inventors and researches who invent potentially commercially useful products or processes is the dilemma whether to:

  1. Seek patent rights for the invention
  2. Keep the details of the invention confidential
  3. Publish the details of the invention and depend on copyright protection afforded by the Copyright Act. The publication could be in a peer reviewed journal or as a paper presented at a conference proceeding

The question is, which is the path to take?

Let’s look at the various options available and the implications of each path to the inventor/ researcher.

Where the research is undertaken in an academic institution or in a research institution, there is culture of publishing the details of the invention in a peer reviewed journal or as a paper presented at a reputable conference. In fact, in many institutions it is a policy or internal regulation, requiring all research output in the institution to be published as early as possible. Academics are still governed by the “publish or perish” rule.

The publication, whether in a journal or in conference proceedings would nevertheless enjoy copyright protection, unless expressly disclaimed. But is copyright protection of the publication sufficient to protect the inventor’s interests or is it sufficient to prevent any other person from taking advantage of the invention disclosed in the publication by using the invention for commercial gain?

Copyright merely allows the owner (who could be the inventor, or the institution where the inventor is employed to do research) to prevent any others from substantial reproduction of the published works, but does not grant any right to prevent others from making use of the teachings or the details disclosed in the publication. For example, assume A publishes an article or a book entitled “The Art of Making Furniture” where modern methods of making furniture are disclosed in detail. The publication (the book or the article) would enjoy publication protection.

What right does A have? Is copyright protection sufficient to protect A’s interest? If, say a furniture manufacturer, B, obtains a copy of the publication and follows the teachings in the publication to improve his manufacturing method or produce new types of furniture disclosed in the publication, there is nothing A can do to prevent B from using the techniques, or even to demand monetary compensation or royalty from B.

A’s publication disclosing the details of his knowledge in making furniture will be deemed to be a donation to the public, allowing others to freely benefit from the creative or intellectual output. If A (or his employer) wants to benefit financially from the creative efforts, then A (or his employer) has to claim proprietary rights to the invention by way of patent rights (on the assumption that the creative output is patentable).

 

Can copyright and patent rights be claimed for the invention? Or is a claim to copyright and a claim to patent mutually exclusive? Has it to be one or the other? The patent laws of all countries require that the features claimed in the patent should be novel a at the date of first filing of the patent application. If the inventors has disclosed details of the invention to the public in any manner (eg, by publishing details of the invention in a journal, on a website or even orally at a conference proceeding/ seminar) prior to the filing of the patent application, the requirement of novelty is not met and a patent will not be granted, and if granted, it can be invalidated for lacking novelty. Even the inventor’s own publication (where the inventor is named as the author of the paper) is sufficient to destroy the novelty and is not excuse.

It is advisable not to rely on the grace period as an excuse to publish the invention before filing the patent application. However, it is possible to file the patent application and thereafter, on the very next day, publish the details of the invention, although for strategic reasons it is not advisable to do so, especially if further research is still being carried out on the subject matter of the invention. The author has personal experience where a granted patent for a commercially important invention is being challenged by a competitor for lack of novelty citing the inventor’s own publication of the invention in his institution’s in-house publications and on the institution’s website.

Alternatively, can the inventor keep the invention confidential or as a trade secret instead of filing a patent or publishing the invention and claiming copyright? If the invention relates to a chemical product or a method of manufacture, details of which can be kept confidential within the four walls of the factory and the product or process cannot be reverse engineered by analysis of the product when it is placed in the market, then it may be advantageous to keep the details of the products or process of manufacture as a trade secret. However, in this modern age of availability of sophisticated analytical tools and techniques, I doubt if such a process or composition can be kept confidential and cannot be reverse engineered.

Reverse engineering a product or process is lawful although it may not be morally acceptable or ethical. Further, once the trade secret is leaked out, there is no way the secret can be contained. It is also difficult to take legal action against anyone accused of using stolen trade secrets or of obtaining trade secrets unlawfully. If the inventor is desirous of commercialising his invention, then potential investors or licensees would demand to see patent rights and would not be favourable to obtaining a license to use trade secrets.

It can be concluded that where an inventor is researching on an area with potentially high commercial value, he is strongly advised to seek patent rights for the invention rather than depend on copyright protection or trade secret.

As a final note to all investors, do chat with any of the intellectual property (IP) service providers at ITEX 2017, happening from 11 – 13 May at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. CLICK HERE to pre-register and secure your entry pass today.

Contributed by P. Kandiah (Founder and Director of KASS International).

 


NOTE: This area of practice of intellectual property rights is complex and highly technical in nature. Inventors are strongly advised to seek professional advice from experienced practitioners in the field. This article is published purely for information and should not be construed as legal advice. Each case would depend on its own facts as to determine the best way to claim proprietary rights in order to commercialise the invention.

 

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Be Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) ready at ITEX 2017

THE Malaysian government has long acknowledged that digitalisation will change the face of business sooner than we know it. Malaysia’s big push for digitalisation became evident when Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak launched Malaysia’s Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) on 22 March, making it the first of its kind in the world. Joining hands with big names such as Alibaba founder, Jack Ma, Malaysia’s aspiration of creating a levelled playing field for SMEs and Startups in the digital marketplace became a lot more promising.

Currently, a whopping 97% of the Malaysian business scene is made up of SMEs and microenterprises. Despite being the backbone of the economy, their contribution to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product stood relatively low at only 37%. Mostly, due to the lack of digital presence. With DFTZ, however, that figure is expected to grow exponentially up to 80%.

So, if your business hasn’t make its digital mark yet and you are looking for a place to start, come join us at ITEX 2017. Allow your business to be exposed to a myriad of possibilities from innovative business solutions to investment opportunities, and be up to date with what other budding entrepreneurs are saying about the DFTZ at the Startups exhibition area.

In the era of digitalisation, the longer you wait, the more you stand lose. So be DFTZ ready at ITEX 2017, happening from 11 – 13 May at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. CLICK HERE to pre-register and secure your entry pass today.

Growing Trees Into Furniture & Art

THE next time you sit on a wooden chair, don’t be surprised to discovered that the chair has been ‘grown’ and not manufactured in a factory. No nails, fixings or machinery are used in creating the furniture.

This novel way of creating or growing extraordinary household chairs and tables is the brainchild of British designer Gavin Munro who not only challenges the way we create products, but believes in letting Mother Nature do all the hard work.

As a young boy growing up in England, he noticed that his mother had a bonsai tree which was left to grow in its own direction. It eventually formed itself into the shape of a throne. He was intrigued by the idea of a chair being created directly from nature.

However, it was only when he moved to California – to get a degree in Furniture Design, an apprenticeship to a cabinet-maker and a long stint building with natural materials – that the idea of ‘growing’ furniture as a business took firm root. While in San Francisco, he spent his free time crafting furniture from driftwood, but the thought of his mother’s bonsai plant never left him. If a bonsai plant could grow into a chair shape, why not other furniture, he thought.

Returning to England, he founded his firm, Full Grown, in 2006, with one goal in mind – to create the world’s most eco-friendly furniture design company. “My chairs and tables are formed from one solid piece of wood. No joints, no nails, no weak points and no unnecessary waster.” he said in an interview recently in the Architectural Digest magazine.

How are these grown furniture made? He trains and prunes young tree branches as they grow over specially designed plastic moulds or formers. At certain points he grafts them together so that they object grows in to one solid piece.

 

The whole process of growing a chair can take between 4 and 8 years. Using this method, he’s already created several prototype pieces and has a whole field of willow trees in Derbyshire where he, his wife and their teams are currently tending a crop of 500 tables, chairs and lampshades which Munro hopes to harvest next year. It takes an immense amount of patience to get the job done. For every 100 trees, there are at least 1,000 branches that grow with them that must be shaped, coaxed and cared for. Also, the shoots must be trimmed at the right time to preserve the health of the tree while maintaining the desired shape.

‘Growing’ furniture is not a new concept. In fact, the ancient Greeks and Egyptians grew stools while the Chinese were known to dig holes and grow tree roots through the gaps of chair-shaped rocks.

As the first commercially-available chairs are expected to be ready for sale by mid 2017. Munro is in discussions with a few galleries. Other items such as geometric lamps and mirror frames, are expected to be available in the later part of this year.

As a final note to all Investors and Inventors, stay tuned for the latest inventions showcase at ITEX 2017? Haven mark your dates yet, fraid not! Pre-register now by CLICKING HERE.

 

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From Sci-Fi Dream to Reality

 

FOR many decades, science fiction films have often shown what they think the future could look like – some were ludicrous, some were realised. However, self-lacing shoes was a pipe dream for many futurists.

Welcome the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, the first performance vehicle for the company’s latest platform breakthrough, adaptive lacing. The shoe translates deep research in digital, electrical and mechanical engineering into a product designed for movement.

It challenges traditional understanding of fit, proposing an ultimate solution to individual idiosyncrasies in lacing and tension preference.

Functional simplicity reduces a typical athlete concern, distraction. “When you step in, your heel will hit a sensor and the system will automatically tighten,” said Tiffany Beers, Nike’s senior innovator and the project’s technical lead.

 

“Then there are two buttons on the side to tighten and loosen. You can adjust it until it’s perfect.” For Nike, the innovation solves another enduring athlete-equipment quandary: the ability to make swift micro-adjustments. Undue pressure caused by tight tying and slippage resulting from loose laces are now relics of the past. Precise, consistent, personalised lockdown can now be manually adjusted on the fly.

“That’s an important step, because feet undergo an incredible amount of stress during competition,” said Tinker Hatfield, Vice President for Design and Special Projects of Nike. Beers began pondering the mechanics shortly after meeting Hatfield, who dreamed of making adaptive lacing a reality. He asked if she wanted to figure it out – not a replication of a pre-existing idea but as “the first baby step to get to a more sophisticated place”.

The project caught the attention of a third collaborator Nike president and CEO Mark Parker, who helped guide the design. The process saw Beers brainstorming with a group of engineers intent on testing her theories. They first came up with a snowboard boot featuring an external generator. While far from the ideal, it was the first of a series of strides toward Beers and Hatfield’s original goal: to embed the technical components into such a small space that the design moves with the body and absorbs the same force the athlete is facing.

 

Through 2013, Hatfield and Beers spearheaded a number of new systems, a pool of prototypes and several trials, arriving at an underfoot-lacing mechanism. In April 2015, Beers was tasked with making a self-lacing Nike Mag to celebrate the icon’s true fictional release date of October 21. The final product quietly debuted Nike’s new adaptive technology. Shortly after, the completion of the more technical, sport version they’d originally conceived, the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, confirmed the strength of the apparatus. The potential of adaptive lacing for the athlete is huge, Hatfield said, as it would provide tailored-to-the moment custom fit.

“It is amazing to consider a shoe that senses what the body needs in real-time. That eliminates a multitude of distractions, including mental attrition, and thus truly benefits performance.

“Wouldn’t it be great if a shoe, in the future, could sense when you needed to have it tighter or looser? Could it take you even tighter than you’d normally go if it senses you really need extra snugness in a quick manoeuvre? That’s where we’re headed. In the future, product will come alive.”

In short, the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 is the first step into the future of adaptive performance. It’s currently manual (i.e., athlete controlled) but it makes feasible the once-fantastic concept of an automated, nearly symbiotic relationship between the foot and shoe.

If you have gotten yourself a pair, share your shoe-experience with us in the comment box below 🙂

 

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Green Food – The Tesla of Food?

IMAGINE a plant-based hamburger patty that not only looks and tastes just like meat but bleeds as well. Or how about trying some meatless chicken strips with the same fleshy and fibrous texture as cooked poultry. There is a strong chance that the above scenario may soon become a reality.

Several Silicon Valley funded companies are on a mission to change the way people eat by creating new plant-based food that they say will be healthier, less expensive and tasty as real meat, egg, dairy and other animal-based products. More importantly, these healthier option all have a much lower environment impact.

One of a handful of tech startups that has embarked on a programme to develop animal products as well as cheese and eggs from plants is Impossible Foods. The company’s founder, Dr Patrick Brown says that its mission is to “give people the great taste and nutritional benefits of foods that come from animals without the negative health and environmental impact.”

The Standford University biologist and physician founded Impossible Foods because he knew that people would never give up the foods they love. Generally, many people are not keen on eating vegetables. They prefer to eat meat or dairy products. He believes that the answer is to mimic the taste of meat and other animal-derived foods with plants and take the animal out of the equation.

Animal farming, he says, is not only destructive but unsustainable. “Yet the demand for meat and dairy products is going up. What we are doing is reinventing the entire system of transforming plants into meat and milk.”

According to the United Nations, livestock uses about 30 percent of the world’s landmass and produce about 14.5 percent of greenhouse-gas emission. Furthermore, animal farming is also one of the biggest consumers of water. With the world’s population expected to rise to more than 9 billion by 2050, the demand for meat and other food production are expected to increase.

It is interesting to note that the crop of Silicon Valley funded startups are not targeting vegetarians and vegans but those who love meats and dairy products. This means, the companies have to replicate the meaty flavours and textures that meat lovers prefer.

 

The secret to a burger’s taste is haem, a compound found in all living cells, including plants. It is especially abundant in haemoglobin in blood and in muscle tissues as myoglobin. It also gives a burger its red colour.

During the cooking process, haem acts as a catalyst that helps transform the amino acids, vitamins and sugars in muscle tissue into numerous volatile and flavourful molecules. To create the meaty flavour in its burger patties, the company uses a heme protein equivalent to one found in the roots of legumes. According to Dr Brown, this is “the molecule that makes meat meat.”

According to a recent article in The Economist, a study by the Humane Research Council in the US states that about most vegetarians and vegans (about 2 percent of American’s population) go back to eating meat. As the article points out, this may not be an option in the future as there will come a time when it will be impossible for food production to meet the needs of the growing population, unless there is a change in the way we eat.

This being the case, there is a strong possibility the people may eventually shift to plant-based foods.

Lastly, we hope readers can share your good practices and let’s make the world a better place. Till then 🙂

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5 Top Inventions by Women That Changed The World

WOMEN are behind a large number of inventions than they are generally given credit for. In fact, the inventive spirit in women can be traced back hundreds of years. The first patent granted to a woman was in 1637. Here’s a sampling of women inventors and their inventions:

 

1) Mary Anderson – Windshield Wiper

Mary Anderson may be a name many of us have never heard before but all those who drive vehicles use her invention. 1903 was the year that brought about a change in how people travelled in frosty weather. That year, Anderson a native of Birmingham, Alabama, was visiting New York City via a trolley car. Her intention of catching a glimpse of the Big Apple turned into disappointment when the snowy weather became a nuisance. She not only had a hard time seeing through the windscreen that was heavily covered with snow but noticed that drivers were also having difficulty seeing through the sleet and snow. They would have to reach through the window to wipe the snow and sleet off the windshield by hand. She immediately put her thinking cap on. After getting her formula right, Anderson filed for a patent for the first windshield wipers in 1903.

 

2) Stephanie Kwolek – Kevlar

Stephanie Kwolek saved an untold number of lives. A modern-day alchemist, she led the development of a synthetic material called Kevlar which is five times stronger that the same weight of steel. Many police officers owe their lives to her as Kevlar is a material used in bullet proof vests. The eureka moment came while Kwolek was working on specialty fibers at a DuPont laboratory in Wilminton. She is the only female employee of DuPont to be awarded the company’s Lavoisier Medal for outstanding technical achievement. She was recognised as a “persistent experimentalist and a role model.”

 

3) Margaret Knight – Square Bottom Paper Bag

When paper bags were first introduced to shoppers, they weren’t all that useful for carrying things. Shaped like an envelope, its use was limited. However, we have Margaret Knight to thank for the evolution of paper bags. Knight realized that paper bags should have a square bottom; when weight was distributed across the base in this way, more things could be carried in the bag. In 1870, she created a widen machine that cut, folded and glued the square bottoms to paper bags. She was granted the patent for the device in 1871. It’s interesting to note that Knight was awarded more than 20 patents.

 

4) Bette Nesmith Graham – Liquid Paper

In the 1950s the electric typewrite had just be introduced. Despite the convenience, secretaries often found themselves retyping entire pages because of one small mistakes. Bette Nesmith Graham was one of them and being a bad typist did not make the situation any better. An idea sparked when she watched workers painting a holiday display on a bank’s window. She noticed that when they made mistakes, they simply added another layer of paint to cover the mistake. She decided to put the idea to test.

Using her kitchen blender, Graham mixed a water-based tempera paint with dye that matched her company’s stationary. Unfortunately, Graham was fired from her job for spending so much time distributing what she called “Mistake Out”. Having more time on her hands, she tweaked her mixture, renamed the product Liquid Paper and received a patent in 1958.

 

5) Josephine Cochrane – Dishwasher

The real impetus for the invention of dishwasher was driven by the frustration over Josephine Cochrane’s servants breaking her heirloom china after fancy dinners. Her machine relied upon strong water pressure aimed at a wire rack of dishes, and she received a patent for the device in 1886.

Like any modern inventors today, she faced the same challenges back then. She claimed that inventing the machine was easier than promoting it. Undaunted, Cochrane sought appointments with large hotels and restaurants. Today, dishwashing machines are common in many homes as more women enter the workplace.

As a final note, wishing all readers a Happy International Women’s Day 🙂

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On The Right Track of Brilliance

LAST YEARS’S Malaysian Young Inventor Exhibition (MYIE) held concurrently at ITEX 2016 has witnessed over hundreds of entries of ingenious creations submitted by the young minds from Malaysian schools.

Among them is the youngest inventor of them all — Ajendra Rajamanickam from MAZ International School, who have bagged the MYIE Silver Medal with his invention – SOS Safe Child GSM System. Recognising the impressive feat achieved by this young genius, we sat down and had an insightful conversation with the inventor about the winning entry.


ITEX: Can you tell us what does your invention do?

AR: My invention, the SOS Safe Child GSM System, allows parents to track their child’s location with their mobile phone, and also the ability to respond immediately when their child is in danger. Parents can also make calls to the device to hear their child for immediate action.

 

ITEX: How did the idea of the SOS Safe Child GSM System came about?

AR: Many parents, including my father, are always concerned whenever their children want to go out and play. This is understandable when there are so many cases of kidnapping and bullying happening daily. One day, the alarm system at one my father’s properties went off and my father was alerted immediately to respond to the situation. That’s when my thoughts sparked: “What if I can have an alarm system, like the one at my father’s property, connected to me when I go out to play?” From that day onwards, I began to work on this conceptual project with my father and finally creating the SOS Safe Child GSM System.

 

ITEX: How would your invention make sense to parents?

AR: All they need to do is to let their children carry the device wherever they go. Even when their children were playing afar, the parents can still be immediately alerted of their child’s condition for them to respond immediately and prevent further harm. It is also simple to operate and most importantly, this might save the life of their child.

 

ITEX: Are you planning to add additional features/improvement to your invention?

AR: Yes! In fact I’m planning to make my invention even smaller in size and increase its capacity to respond and track further.

 

ITEX: Did your invention receive any interest from investors?

AR: Currently I have yet to receive any inquiry from investors, but I did hear some interested parents who want to purchase my invention. I believe in the near future, this device will be highly on demand once the public were aware about it.

 

ITEX: Do you have any interest to commercialising your invention?

AR: Yes, I do. I think my invention will not only benefit parents in safeguarding and protecting their child, but also allows their child to have a secured childhood.

 

As a final note to all young inventors, click HERE to register your interest for this year WYIE (World Young Inventors Challenge) ?

Young Innovative Leaders of Tomorrow

#ICYMI We are excited to share this once again that ITEX 2017 will be launching the inaugural World Young Inventors Challenge from 11 – 13 May 2017. It is an invention competition to promote the spirit of creativity and inventiveness among young inventors, which is open to all young inventors below the age of 20 years old. The competition is divided into 2 categories i.e. for students aged 13 years old and below, and for students aged 20 years old and below as of 1 January 2017.

All inventions will be evaluated by a team of international judges. Awards include WYIE gold, silver and bronze medals, the Malaysian Young Inventors Exhibition (MYIE) awards for the top 3 Malaysian inventions, the Asian Young Inventors Exhibition (AYIE) awards for the top 3 inventions from Asia and the prestigious Best Young Inventor Award will be awarded to the overall best invention for the World Young Inventors Exhibition.

Wait no further and take your action today, young innovators. Click HERE to register your interest 🙂

WYIE 2017: A Tribute to Junior Inventors

AT ITEX 2017 we are all about paying tribute to the young and brilliant minds of our time. The World Young Inventors Exhibition (WYIE) will return again this year to send out a clear message: everyone has the capacity to invent. The exhibition is set to showcase what a touch of genius can do to an idea regardless of age.

So get ready for excitement to visit WYIE this year! Over hundreds of inventions from 20 countries are expected to be showcased here then!

By the way, here’s a line-up of brilliant junior inventors from around the world who managed to get their playroom ideas out into the real world!

 1) Popsicle

Bet you thought that the good old Popsicle was invented by a multimillion dollar food company when really, it was the brainchild of an 11 year old boy named Frank Epperson. Frank’s idea was in fact accidental and it has got us all thinking “Why didn’t I think of that?”

In 1905, Epperson had left a mixture of powdered soda, water and a stick in a cup on his porch overnight when it was freezing. He woke up the next morning and voila, it was a frozen treat on a stick! He initially called it the “Epsicle,” but the kids at this school kept asking for “Pop’s ‘sicle’ and that is how the name Popsicle was born. He got a patent on it in 1923 and then sold the rights to a bigger company. Today, the brand is owned by Unilever and they sell more than two billion Popsicles every year.

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2) Trampoline

The trampoline was a result of a 16 year old gymnast bouncing off the idea of inventing a device that could help him improve his skills. Iowa native George Nissen visited a circus one day where he saw trapeze artists using safety netting to perform amazing feats. So, Nissen began working in his parents’ garage to develop the kind of bouncing apparatus he had thought up in his mind.

His first successful prototype was constructed while he was a student at the University of Iowa, and it was a big hit when he brought the model to a summer camp. Nissen then began efforts to bring it to the commercial public. The trampoline was named after the Spanish word for diving board – el trampolin. He obtained “Trampoline” as a trademark name for his device.

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3)  Braille

You might think that an effective system to help the blind read and write would have to be invented by an old but very bright professor. We all thought wrong because it was Louis Braille who invented Braille, an alphabet using raised dots, at the age of 15. Prior to that, each letter was raised and to read, one had to feel out each letter. The books were heavy and took a long time to read. Braille was actually born with sight but became blind at age three after an eye injury. He invented the Braille 5 years after he entered the Royal Institute for the Blind in Paris.

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4) Waterskiing

In 1922, an enterprising 18-year-old water-sports enthusiast, Ralph Samuelson, came up with the idea of waterskiing. However, apparatus for the sport was not as sophisticated as what you see today. After trying wooden barrel staves and actual snow skis for skis, he ended up with his own design and bindings made of leather. Samuelson is also credited with the first ski jump using a greased ramp. He spent the next 15 years performing shows and promoting his sport, at one point even being pulled by a World War II flying boat to reach a speed of 80 miles per hour, making him the first speed skier. Unfortunately, he never patented his invention.

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5) Superman

The inventors of this super hero might come as surprise to many.  Two 18-year-olds who loved comic books and science fiction, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster began making cartoons and homemade fanzines while they were still in high school. One of their creations was the caped superhero called “the Superman”. It appeared 1933 as a short story, “The Reign of the Superman.” The idea of Superman however didn’t exactly fly of the shelves.

After developing the character more, they were met with years of rejection — that is until 1938, when National Allied Publications (the precursor to DC Comics) selected it as the cover story for the company’s Action Comics No. 1. In 1939, Siegel and Shuster began the syndicated Superman comic strip; having sold the rights to National, they were never significantly acknowledged for their creation.

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So, all the above was invented way back in 20th century (1901 – 1999). Get ready for more on what you could explore with us as we move forward to the Digital Era of 21st Century. Come and witness all the new inventions by the young minds at The World Young Inventors Exhibition (WYIE) taking place at ITEX 2017 from 11-13 May 2017. If you are keen on exhibiting at WYIE, CLICK HERE to secure your place now!

 

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