The UN has designated April 21 as “World Creativity and Innovation Day”. It has been established as a day of observance to encourage the use of creativity and innovation as a primary tool in problem solving regarding “all aspects of human development”.
The main goal of this of this day is to encourage both individuals and countries alike to utilise a holistic and creative-centric approach in their efforts to tackle sustainability and human development issues. The UN explained that creativity is important as it “can provide solutions to some of the most pressing problems such as poverty eradication and the elimination of hunger.”
Take a look at the following innovations which are paving the way for the future, with creativity at the forefront of their solutions:
TVASTA: 3D Printed Housing for the Unhoused
Cutting edge 3D-printing technology is being used to print low-cost homes to tackle the homelessness crisis in India. Tvasta’s patented technology can construct a 3D printed home in under 5 days – construction time and waste are reduced, and the process is up to 30% cheaper than typical construction.
There are an estimated 1.8 million people that find themselves homeless in India and Tvasta is working with the Indian government to build 20 million homes by 2022.
The picture below shows a 3D printed house in Chennai which was assembled in 24 hours and presents a viable and innovative solution to the homelessness crisis.
COMPOLOGY: Waste Metering
Compology is a San Francisco-based sustainability company that utilises in-dumpster cameras and AI-powered waste meteringTM technology which allows companies to dispose of their waste in a more sustainable way. This technology allows organisations to track their waste and make system-wide changes to ensure that materials are disposed of correctly.
Cameras automatically monitor and detect fullness, content, location and activity thus allowing companies to ensure that they are servicing their dumpsters correctly without wasting energy. Data has shown that on average dumpsters are serviced at 51% fullness leading to CO emissions from wasted disposal trips. This technology has allowed McDonald’s to reduce its annual miles by 8,000 miles in Las Vegas alone. Compology offers an innovative and creative solution to allow corporations to make tangible changes to their operations.
IMMERSIVE REHAB: VR Neurorehabilitation
Immersive Rehab is a London-based start-up that provides interactive physiotherapy programmes in Virtual Reality. The platform provides an “engaging and motivating solution to the current limitations of physical & neuro-rehabilitation”. This particularly affects people with neurological limb mobility and balance issues following strokes, spinal injuries or MS.
Immersive Rehab provides a creative and personalised approach to rehabilitation which utilises fully immersive virtual reality technology. The technology engages people’s brains into believing they are able to move objects, this positively affects the neuroplasticity of their brain and can lead to huge improvements in motor function and quality of life.
As an international patent solutions provider, Minesoft considers its global footprint of customer centric solutions as crucial to drive innovation and creativity worldwide. That is why we partnered with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in the ASPI Programme, an initiative to give researchers in developing countries free or low-cost access to sophisticated tools and services like PatBase to assist inventors at every stage of the innovation lifecycle.
For the past 20 years, Minesoft has been providing reliable and powerful digital solutions to access the technological and scientific information which is often only available in patent documents. We invest a lot of time and effort in designing and developing the search tools according to the feedback we receive from our users, so they are equipped to handle the multiplicity of data and sources. Giving unfettered access to this data helps to drive innovation globally and supports advancement in the scientific and technological fields, whether it’s a new pharmaceutical drug or technology for electric vehicles… building on these ideas can change the world for the better.
To review the aforementioned inventions in PatBase, click here.