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New Tech Gadgets For The Fight Against COVID-19

From automatic door openers that can be 3D printed, basic ventilators and the like, the COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a new era of urgent innovation. All this is reminiscent of the first inventions of the Second World War, when the first digital computer and rocket technology came out. COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on our industries, social lives and personal standards, but it is also causing an outpouring of creativity in other arenas.

From Spider-Man-style wrist disinfectant sprays to a wrist that buzzes whenever you touch your face and more, a wealth of new prototypes show what human ingenuity can do in the face of adversity.

Here are just some of the latest inventions in the time of COVID-19:

Door Openers – several varieties of hygienic door openers are current to help us navigate that awkward moment when we have to open a door with disinfected hands. Epidemiologists estimate that the coronavirus can live on surfaces such as stainless steel for three days, so these devices could be a significant change in environments such as hospital wards, where sanitation is a matter of life and death. Some door openers have already found their way to the market – including the Hygienic, created by London-based designer Steve Brooks. Small enough to fit easily in a pocket and made of pure non-porous material, the gadget is already available in four different variants. In an age of widespread 3D printing and high-tech software, many large manufacturers are shifting their focus to medical hardware production.

Masks and Ventilators – among other recent patents that could really save many lives, is of course the protective mask with antibacterial and antiviral coating. This product is planned to produce up to a million masks per week in Great Britain alone. Meanwhile, at a hospital in Wales, straight from the heart of global health concerns, they are developing a solution for a simple and stable basic ventilator designed to make breathing easier. It also kills COVID-19. Although this proposed ventilator will not be able to replace a large number of ventilators, those who would use it would not need intensive care treatment with a classic medical ventilator. The machine will also disinfect the room from viral particles and only deliver purified air to the patient. The patient will thus be able to take care of himself more easily, freeing specialist medical staff for other duties.

Competition In The Fight Against COVID-19 – to tap into the fundamentals of tech creativity and scout for new geniuses inspired by COVID-19, California-based 3D modeling company CAD Crowd has launched a month-long prototyping competition. As you read this article, around 77 participants are working on practical face shields and temporary acrylic doors in the fruit and vegetable section of supermarkets, then disposable gloves for opening doors and elbow pads for using lifts. A number of designs could have an original shelf life in a world whose attitude to hand hygiene could be permanently altered.

Your Country Needs You – the burst of innovation draws comparisons to another era of great supply and great ingenuity. None the less, the comparison with World War II is worth it. Several inventions that first saw the light of day in the white fire of that desperate struggle have since become essential features of our daily lives. Take, for example, rocket technology, which decades after the war helped humanity put a man on the moon and send satellites into orbit. Twin engine aircraft and pressure cabinets were first pioneered in the 1939-1945 conflict. They have since been incorporated into the commercial airline industry. Radar also saw widespread use in battle in 1941, when the RAF was pitted against the superior Luftwaffe. Then, it was with the help of the radar that a Nazi invasion of the southern part of England was planned. It is now a permanent feature of missile defense systems around the world.

И, списокот не запира тука со воениот хардвер. Механичкото хемиско пенкало било измислено во далечната 1938 година, заменувајќи ги неуредните пера со мастило. Еден од клиентите бил токму RAF, кој наредил 30.000 единици да ги користат токму ваквите пенкала, бидејќи акумулационите пенкала имаат тенденција за протекување на голема надморска височина.

Super glue was discovered by accident in 1942 by someone trying to manufacture guns, while the first programmable digital computers were created by code makers at Britain's Bletilly Park.

Does anything we can pursue in the fight against COVID-19 match these military inventions? The answer remains to be seen. Meanwhile, reports of human ingenuity in distress are indeed welcome.