July 1st, 2020
At a time when the world is adjusting to the ‘new normal’, many people are putting their minds to good use by creating innovative ideas!
In fact, the rate at which new products with extraordinary potential are being launched is overwhelming.
Take, for instance, the next-gen comprehensive sanitization set-up, the MXB S3 Sterilisable Sanitising Station that was recently introduced by a Derry-based company, Pakflatt. While most store shelves are emptied out of sanitizers, this company went a step further to manufacture a full-service sanitization station for public and commercial spaces that witness significant footfall.
While the company is well-known for building engineering tools used in elections worldwide, it realized that it could use its acumen and innovation capabilities to counter the prevailing health crisis. That’s what led to the invention of units that are replete with no-contact sanitizer and paper towel dispensers that can be customized as per the needs of the business. Given its novelty and relevance, the company is getting orders from malls, restaurants, hotels, and even airports.
Innovation is also happening at airports. There is another company that is making BIG WAVES in the cabin design industry at a time when air travel is taking baby steps. With health and safety on everyone’s minds along with cases increasing with every passing day, Teague brought forth an easy fix to prevent in-flight spread of the novel coronavirus. Its product, AirShield comes in handy whenever a traveler coughs or sneezes because it immediately attracts the water vapor and droplets towards the HEPA filters fitted above. This way, a kind of barrier is created around seats so that the droplets don’t invade into the space of the neighboring passenger.
Then, of course, there is Lufthansa Technik which is on the verge of introducing a slew of measures, one of which includes building seat dividers to shield passengers.
As we speak, firms are working on radical MedTech innovations to combat the virus. With a vaccine nowhere in sight, robots are being developed to change hospital sheets without the intervention of human nurses, to deliver medication as well as meals.
Companies that have robust R&D teams are at the forefront of such innovations. For instance, the e-commerce behemoth, JD has launched a drone program for parcel delivery and to spray disinfectants across larger areas. Smart helmets too, have cropped up using which medical health professionals can spot individuals with a fever.
It is interesting to note that the pandemic has made many individuals and companies return to tapping into our creative and innovative mindsets with renewed vigor. After all, people are having to embrace completely different ways of interacting, connecting, and doing business.
Mary Shelley was a hundred percent right when she postulated, “Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos.”