• Pranav Nandurkar

Do you know: Top 10 recent and coolest inventions

1. Gravity Jet Suit

Want to fly like a free bird or like the Iron man from avengers? Yes, it's possible now with the help of Gravity suit. All thanks to Gravity Industries, a startup based in Salisbury, England that has developed the coolest flying suit, the 1,050 horsepower system uses five mini-jet engines to help users soar through the sky at 50 mph. For now, the suits are extremely expensive, a recent model went for $440,000 and extremely loud.

2. The Mirror

This isn't just a mirror. It's a cardio class, it's a yoga studio, it's a boxing ring, it's your new personal trainer, and it's so much more. With a small footprint and elegant design, The Mirror blends seamlessly into any room in your home. Turn less than two feet of wall space into a personal fitness studio. It even measures your heart rate. Perfect for those with fitness goals, the interactive mirror helps take your home fitness regime to the next level. The device streams live workouts and even offers an interactive fitness coach.

3. Pencil Pusher

The machine, looking a bit like a three-hole punch crossed with an electric pencil sharpener, was a finalist in the 2010 Lite-On Awards, an international competition that seeks to stimulate and nurture innovation. You insert wastepaper into a feed slot. The machine draws the paper in, rolls and compresses it, and then inserts a piece of lead from a storage chamber located in the top of the device. A small amount of glue is added before -- voilà -- a pencil slides out from a hole on the side. It's not clear how many pieces of paper form a single pencil, but you figure the average office worker could generate a decent supply of pencils in a month.

4. HTC Vive Pro Eye VR

Though HTC Vive Pro Eye VR ($1500) seems to be just any other top-notch VR, it’s one of its own kind. Equipped with advanced eye-tracking technology, it can enable people with physical disabilities, who can’t use hand controllers, to navigate and control devices comfortably. Using special software that mimics the way eyes focus, it’s designed to automatically increase resolutions of the objects you are looking at. Aside from being a great tool for differently-abled people, Vive Pro Eye also promises to be highly user-friendly for businesses and professionals in helping them figure out how users naturally interact with their products.

5. NANO1 – World’s Smallest Astronomy Camera

NANO1 is the perfect invention for passionate stargazers who not only like to be awestruck by looking at the wonders of the sky but also want to capture these with their cameras. The inventors of NANO1 bill it as the smallest astronomy camera in the world which can capture 25 times more light than the human eye and condense an hour-long recording into 3 minutes for a charming view of the sky as well as other phenomena like the Northern Lights. You can connect NANO1 with your smartphone over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and view an augmented reality map of constellations to appreciate the beauty of the sky.

6. Verilux CleanWave Sanitizing Wand

There is a lot to like in this smart sanitizing wand from Verilux. CleanWave is a pretty useful sanitizing wand that features advanced UV-C technology that helps it eliminate odour-causing bacteria and germs. As for design, it’s quite lightweight so that you can comfortably carry it anywhere. It also features a wrist strap that you can use to carry the sanitizing wand in your hand. And with the push button operation, you can operate it easily. Being so user-friendly, it can appeal to everyone – not least to the housewives who always want to keep the kitchen clean.

7. OrCam MyMe – AI for Humans

OrCam MyMe aims to help you strike a balance between physical and digital social lives. The tiny gadget sits on your collar or pocket with an inbuilt smart camera with facial recognition so you don’t forget a coworker’s or acquaintance’s name again. MyMe lets you keep an account of the time you spend socializing and using the compliant app, you can classify people in groups like work, friends, or family and set timers for each group. MyMe also captures the time you spend in front of a screen and can help you cut out distracting and unneeded screen time, not only helping you focus better but also have greater control over your life.

8. Robot Birds

Birds have always been a piece of bad news for airports. As well as the risk of a "bird-strike" downing a plane, they cause material damage estimated to run into billions of pounds a year. Even their life is at risk, so to control the populations of birds, airports use these Robot Birds which mimics the real birds and scare real birds away from airports. Robotics from the University of Twente have developed a lifelike robotic bird that will patrol the landing strip, scaring real birds away at Edmonton International Airport in Canada. The bot, which has been codenamed "Robird", mimics the appearance and flight of a falcon. It's the creation of Clear Flight Solutions - a spin-off company from the University - which collaborated on a Canadian drone services firm called Aerium for the project.

9. iMicro C – a Fingertip Microscope for Any Phone

If you’ve always wanted to have a make-shift lab of sorts in your house, this is something you should check out. iMicro is a small layer of lenses, smaller than an average fingertip. Like most third-party zoom lenses for smartphones, you can hook iMicro to your smartphone’s lens and enjoy looking at the micrometre world with more precision. Designed with the comparatively low magnification power, it boasts a much larger field of view about 5mm to help you observe micro-objects like electronic parts, tiny insects and more. Furthermore, iMicro C comes with a long working distance of about ~4mm and features much larger DOF (depth of field) which makes it a great tool for both enthusiasts and pros.

10. Aqua Treadmill