This patch, known as the Kite Patch, keeps mosquitoes away for up to 48 hours, by blocking their ability to detect the carbon dioxide we emit when we breathe. This small sticker-like patch attaches to clothing, and helps to stop the spread of deadly diseases such as malaria, West Nile Virus, and Dengue Fever.
Developed by the IKEA Foundation and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Better Shelter is a flatpack that combines form, function, and sustainability. Unlike the commonly-used tents, these shelters can last up to three years and come equipped with solar panels, lights, mosquito nets, ventilation, and a lockable door for safety and privacy.
This book is absolute genius: along with providing information on clean water, each page is coated with silver nanoparticles, which kill 99.9% of bacteria when water passes through. This gives the user safe, clean drinking water. Once a page has been torn out, it can be used multiple times as a filter, providing around 30 days of clean water for one person.
Flo is an easy-to-use, cost-effective kit for cleaning and storing reusable sanitary pads. The aim is to improve hygiene in the parts of the world where menstruation is stigmatized and pads and tampons are not readily available. This brilliant invention consists of just a simple spinning and cleaning gadget, a mini-clothes line, and a pouch for easy transport.
Seabin is an automatic marina rubbish bin that collects floating debris and oil 24/7. This terrific invention will hopefully help solve and prevent ocean pollution, with the aim of eventually replacing the "trash boats" that currently serve in marinas all over the world.
Eatwell is an 8-piece dining set that fosters mealtime independence for those suffering from dementia. The bottom of the bowls are slanted for easy scooping, and bright blue interiors help the users to easily identify food. The spoons hug the side of the dinnerware, making collecting food a lot easier and preventing spillage. Furthermore, all handles allow for easy gripping and stability.
Be My Eyes is a mobile app that connects the blind to sighted volunteers who want to help out via a direct video connection. Blind people get help navigating the world around them, sighted people get to help those in need, and technology is used for a positive purpose.