Today a piece of technology is not simply an accessory, but a staple item to get you through your daily routine. We now have computers slim enough to fit into a bag, and watches that can track each step we take. What’s next?
Most children play with action-hero dolls, toy cars and computer games in their spare time – but Adeeb Al Balooshi is no ordinary ten-year-old. The Emirati, who has had his innovations registered with authorities and has also been honoured by Dubai Municipality, has an eye for a solution to a problem. Adeeb’s previous inventions have included a light-weight, waterproof prosthetic leg for his father, who he noticed was having trouble swimming with his normal prosthetic, as well as a house cleaning robot for his stay-at-home mother.
As Adeeb has shown, advances in technology can provide benefits to a person’s wellbeing. Parker Flax is a two-year-old with Kawasaki disease who now lives like a toddler should, due to a piece of technology called Reveal LINQ. The toddler, who has a disease which constricts his blood vessels, now benefits from a surgically implanted monitoring device that constantly monitors his heart and sends information from where Parker lives, in Kansas, back to his doctors two states away in Houston, Texas.
Less serious are the numerous devices that have sprung up to assist us with our day-to-day lives. Why have a watch that will only tell you the time, when you can have one that makes and receives calls, and answers emails? The smart watch has been gathering traction this last year, and Samsung has recently brought out its own version, the first of its kind to allow the user to make calls from it rather than just receive them. Other features include a heartbeat monitoring system, email capabilities, a touch screen and an inbuilt array of apps which range from health and fitness to navigation.
As well as wearable technology, the kitchen is becoming the next aspect of a person’s life to undergo a digital makeover, as ‘smart home’ gadgets flood the market. Vessyl, ‘the clever cup’, provides you with a nutritional breakdown of your drink to help assist with weightloss, hydration, muscle building and sleep. Other new gadgets designed to induce a health kick is HapiFork, which similarly to Vessyl, gives you feedback on your diet. This fork tracks the duration of your meal and signals when you are eating too quickly, which is meant to aid weight loss and digestion.
As clever as these new gadgets undoubtedly are, their usefulness in our lives may be transient. It is difficult to imagine a scenario in which a rational human being cannot consciously choose to swap a sugar-ridden drink for water, preferring instead to rely on the advice of a cup. But, so long as inventors such as Adeeb exist and continue to create, the future of innovations that can better our lives in significant ways, seems promising.