African innovation is not yet getting the level of global recognition and support it truly deserves. The continent is brimming with a rising new generation of bold, creative-thinking innovators and entrepreneurs who are constantly inventing and developing new technologies that will simplify our daily lives and transform societies- technologies with global appeal and commercial viability in any part of the world. They deserve a closer look, and it’s time you took notice.
Here are 7 of them you need to know.
Country Of Origin: Egypt
Mubser is a breakthrough navigational aid tool designed for visually-impaired people. It is a wearable belt with a Bluetooth-connected headset that guides blind people to move and navigate around common obstacles such as walls, chairs and staircases in a safe and easy way. Mubser recognizes these obstacles by leveraging on RGB imaging and infrared depth data captured by a 3D depth camera and quickly notifies the user through an inbuilt audio device and vibration motor. Mubser was developed by Khaled Shady, a 22 year-old Egyptian student and a group of computer engineering students at Menoufia University, Egypt.
Country Of Origin: South Africa
Mellowcabs are high-tech electric pedicabs manufactured from recycled materials. These vehicles primarily provide first and last mile public transport in urban areas, thereby filling the gap for commuters who need micro transport within a 3 km radius. Mellowcabs have the ability to provide more than 100km of transport per day and feature cutting edge technologies like regenerative braking, Hydrogen fuel cells, illuminated body panels, human powered charging and on-board tablet computers which feature Mellowcab’s own proprietary software which includes augmented reality facility, geo-activation advertising and full social media integration features. The Mellowcab was developed in South African by South African serial entrepreneur Neil du Preez.
Country Of Origin: Cameroon
The Cardiopad is a touch screen medical tablet that enables heart examinations such as the electrocardiogram (ECG) to be performed at remote, rural locations while the results of the test are transferred wirelessly to specialists who can interpret them. The device spares African patients living in remote areas the trouble of having to travel to urban centers to seek medical examinations. The Cardiopad was invented by Arthur Zang, a 26 year-old Cameroonian.
Country Of Origin: Egypt
ViViFi touch sticker is a human-object interface that can transform non-conductive surfaces with limited thickness such as wood and glass into touch sensors or screens that can interact with human contact through sticking ViViFi’s transparent stickers on the surface’s opposite side. In other words, you can place ViViFi’s touch sticker under any surface to convert it into a touch feature surface. The ViViFi touch sticker, which is water-resistant basically relies on human electrostatic energy in such a way that when there is physical contact between a human body and an insulating surface, the sticker senses the movement and position of the human contact and transmits it through a Wi-Fi environment into the main controller, which subsequently order actuators to take the matching action. This technology can be applied to light switches, medical devices and books. ViViFi was created by Egyptian engineer Haitham Desoky.