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International Innovations

My name is Diogo Costa. I write about Innovations from Portugal and South America in general, with a special focus in Brazil, even though periodically I also write about subjects related to other countries.

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Protect Your Trees From Animals With This New Invention

Jim Saunders and his daughter, Jill Saunders, from Kempton, saw an opportunity for creating a small business when brainstorming how to prevent damages caused by deers to their trees. In a collaboration with the Lehigh University Small Business Development Center, they developed a new product, which is effective and not so expensive.

Meet The Windows That Block Sunlight By Themselves

All houses, offices and stores have windows, mostly in order to deliver natural light inside them. However, sometimes the sunlight is just to much and, to block it, we use blinds. But these blinds are somewhat inaesthetic and, for stores, are not exactly great for business. But all this may be about to change, because a Silicon Valley company has developed a special glass that blocks the sunlight on its own.

This Intelligent Patch Automatically Applies Meds

Taking medicines is something that should not be taken lightly and, at all times, the patient should follow all the doctor's indications, specially indications related to the dosage and the times when they should be taken. However, sometimes patients forget to take their medicines, messing up the recovery. Now, a smart skin patch has been developed that not only assesses the need of medication, but also applies the needed dosage in a given moment.

Upsee, A Walking Device For Paralyzed Kids Invented By A Common Mom

The vast majority of the innovations covered here in InventorSpot come from the minds of brilliant engineers, creators and inventors, people who are used to create new, amazing and useful things. But, today, I am bringing an innovation that has been created by a regular mother, with a son having cerebral palsy: she spent years building a device that allows him to stand and walk. Finally, the device is ready and is an astounding success.

Meet These High-Tech And Fall Prevention Shoes

Even though technology is always evolving and has now reached amazing levels, there are some areas where technology has not been thoroughly applied, at least not in the way we often are used to. Recently, Israeli developers have created high-tech shoes that help with the balance, preventing falls which are a true menace to everyone but specially to elderly people.

The Perfect Budget Solution: Tiny Artist Studio That Doubles Up As Living Space

Today's cities are getting overcrowded and, with that, houses are getting more and more expensive. The solution is, therefore, getting a small house, but if you are working on your own you still need to rent a working space - but what if you could merge both places, cutting down the costs but keeping a truly organized and functional spaces?

City Transformer: Is This The Future Of City Cars?

We all know that transforming cars are a fiction thing - but are they really? What if there were a car that was driven normally but, when parking time comes, the car "stretches" itself to the width of a motorcycle? While this not yet a reality, the City Transformer is set to hit the market in three years, causing a revolution in terms of accessibility.

Meet Keepod, The Creators Of A $7 PC That Is Set To Deploy In African Slums

Nearly 70 years after the development of ENIAC, the first electronic general-purpose computer which took up 1800 square feet (167 m2), we now have computers as small as USB sticks, measuring only a few inches. Keepod is one of such computers and, costing only $7, there are plans to ship units to African slums in order to give them computer access.

Wireless Gadget Charging Is (Nearly) Here

In fact, wireless chargers are already here, but these still require that your gadget is physically connected to a charging pad or similar. However, I mean the type of charging where there is no contact whatsoever, so that you can charge your mobile phone or tablet anywhere you are in by just... being there. It seems (and, in fact, is) amazing, and this technology is closer than you might think.

Meet The Most Portable BBQ Ever

Camping trips are excellent for creating fires and eat barbecued food, but sometimes this is not handy because the tools are not available, as they take up precious space which has to be filled with more important items. However, a new Israeli invention seems to be a true revolution on this matter: a triangular foldable barbecue, super small and compact, which can be taken everywhere with ease.