The term Coronavirus conjured up a slew of difficulties for people, confining them to the four walls of their homes and making masks as necessary as food. Many businesses would have had to shut down if it had not been for cutting-edge solutions from the technology sector.
The spread of the coronavirus required people to change their patterns of life overnight, forcing millions to stay in their homes for months at a time and rearranging the usual ways of commercial activity, work, and public schooling.
Although the work done by each innovation team to enable workplace flexibility, e-commerce, and interconnection has been valuable, the pandemic has seen its share of clear technology winners. There is no doubt that digital communication now has a secure place in both the consumer and business worlds.
WHAT DIFFICULTIES DID THE PANDEMIC INTRODUCE?
The following is a list of the difficulties that people encountered while fighting this global pandemic.
- Dining out
- Deliveries to your home
- Social separation
CORONAVIRUS: NEW INVENTIONS INSPIRED BY A VIRUS OUTBREAK
The coronavirus pandemic has sparked a surge of inventiveness, with new inventions transforming the way we groom ourselves and care for our health. In addition to vaccines being developed at an unprecedented rate to combat Covid-19, other devices such as self-cleaning door handle and face masks that also filter out pollution have demonstrated how human innovation achieved victory in a year of adverse circumstances.
Here we discuss all of the innovations that were implemented to combat the global pandemic’s challenges.
- Covid Emergency Ventilator
The Covid Emergency Ventilation system not only allows patients to continue breathing, but it also removes the majority of viral particles, allowing only pure air to be inhaled. The ventilator is also inexpensive and simple to put together, making it ideal for middle- and low-income countries.
- FFP3 Face Masks
Wearing a face mask became the new reality, and it was one of the most important things anyone could do to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. R-Pur, a French company, has been producing anti-pollution face masks since 2015. Its FFP3-rated masks have five layers that filter out gasses, poisonous particular matter associated with air pollution, and, of course, viruses and microorganisms.
- Cloud Computing
Cloud computing was already common, but the pandemic caused several digital transformations as a result of its use. The most important of these is the technical foundation for agility, flexibility, and digitalization; cloud computing has been critical to the business model transformation and consumer experiences required by companies in response to the pandemic.
A Bengaluru-based nanotechnology start-up, Log 9 materials has developed a first-of-its-kind product called CoronaOven, which employs Ultraviolet light in conjunction with significant design specifications. The device cleans surfaces of different objects, personal safety equipment, and of germs such as viruses and bacteria.
This one-of-a-kind multi-focal Ultraviolet disinfection chamber claims to disinfect any surface in four minutes. There are many size variants available for CoronaOven including 20-litre, 33-litre, 40-litre, and 440-liter models.
This is yet another coronavirus-inspired invention. Vistar air purifiers were developed by a startup based in Delhi. To remove major pollutants and gaseous substances, these air purifiers employ Efficient Granular Absorbent Particulate Arrester filter technology.
- Self-driving sanitization robot
Claus Risager, the Chief Operating Officer of a Danish professional robotics firm, designed, developed, and manufactured the self-driving disinfection robot. The effectiveness of an autonomous robot that emits ultraviolet C (UV-C) light and is currently used in hospitals to stop the spread of hospital-acquired bacterial infection is being tested against coronavirus.
Although ultraviolet light is commonly used to disinfect hospitals from viruses and bacteria, stationary light sources mean that the radiation frequently misses areas. Dr. Risager stated that the UVD Robot, as a self-driven machine, can navigate through rooms and kill 99.99% of bacteria.
- 3D printed glasses for vitals monitoring
According to the inventors, a 3D-printed monitoring system for coronavirus patients that is worn like a pair of spectacles could provide medical professionals with quick, more precise data on the progress of the patient’s health.
Three sensors are included in the glasses: an infrared temperature monitor, pulse oximetry to measure pulse rate and blood oxygen saturation, and a microphone to monitor inhalation and breathing.
- Milagrow Seagull
Milagrow Seagull is another disinfecting robot developed by the Indian consumer electronics company Milagrow. While cleaning on the user’s device, it displays actual progress and a map. To reduce time, the robot plans the path in each area in real-time. This robot vacuum also has anti-microbial,anti-bacterial, and antiviral properties, which it claims will help reduce the transmission of infections in hospitals and other similar environments. According to the company’s official release, the robot can help with light wet cleaning.
Working from home was not common before Covid, primarily because employers were unsure that their employees could be productive in an unmonitored environment, and telemedicine – the remote treatment and diagnosis of patients using telecommunications technology – had not found many takers. Although telemedicine is viewed as a practical way for people to access medical professionals from the comfort of their own homes, it is not widely used.
However, the ongoing pandemic has resulted in the biggest transformation of remote work and telemedicine. Just as several organizations have found that allowing employees to work from home doesn’t hurt productivity, telemedicine is picking up as governments try to stop the spread of Covid-19 by encouraging more people to consult doctors online.
- The self-cleaning door handle
Another invention that came into play when epidemiologists estimated that coronavirus can reside on steel for up to three days, attempting to make door handles an easy object to spread infection on. By spreading a thin layer of disinfectant on the surface, this handle instantly kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria.
The spread of the Coronavirus has drastically transformed the work culture of many businesses. Instead of in-person meetings, people shifted to online meetings on platforms such as Zoom and Google Meet to halt the spread of this lethal virus.
Experts predict that innovations that provide organizations with instant access to a wide range of skills, as well as remote training, recruitment, performance evaluation, skills training, and competence management software, will be in high demand after the coronavirus.
- Smart Security Technology
With security risks greatly increased by the disease outbreak, the cybersecurity sector has risen to the occasion and demonstrated its innovation. Advanced security technology, in particular, that can mitigate anonymous source breaches, has helped organizations in keeping their data secure. With a long-term hybrid working future on the horizon, businesses must be prepared when it comes to insider risk.
- Mental Fitness Applications
Many mental fitness applications have benefited from the pandemic. People are taking their psychological health more seriously as a consequence of having to spend so much time alone with themselves. It is excellent and will have a long-term impact. Even after the pandemic has passed, people are likely to maintain their mental fitness regimen.
- Automation of Financial Processes
As companies transition to new work structures and more funding is invested in tools to support decentralized workforces, financial departments will need to digitize financial processes as much as possible regardless of where they work so they can put more emphasis on more initiatives to drive the business forward.
Turtle Shell Technology solutions invented a device named dozee that aims to increase access to better healthcare by providing a correct diagnosis of conditions. This device can assist in the preliminary diagnosis of a variety of medical conditions, minimizing the time spent in making decisions to visit hospitals and undergo multiple tests.
It is a smart contact-free wellness monitor that can be slipped under a patient’s mattress. It continuously monitors the individual’s health status using metrics such as cardiovascular health, tension, and quality of sleep, among others. It provides a thorough analysis of the Dozee apps that can be installed on smartphones.
- The Covid monitoring app
The government took critical steps and developed applications that can monitor the effects of Covid by tracking its symptoms to help scientists understand how the virus works.
- Safe Delivery by Drone
Manna, a drone delivery service, is another innovation that has effectively taken off. From food and medicine to your lawn, the Irish company delivers it all. It also exposes products to ultraviolet light, which kills germs. The service is aimed at urbanized areas around the world and can reach homes within a 100-square-kilometer radius of the community pharmacies.
- The phone cleaning device
We all have the habit of carrying our smartphones in our hands in this digital era of innovation, but have you ever considered how many germs and viruses you are carrying with you? Keeping this in mind, experts created a phone cleaning device that can prevent germs and viruses from spreading.
When a person has a will, there is always a path. Medical practitioners and technology experts have demonstrated the above quote by introducing new inventions into our society that could serve as an ideal response to the Coronavirus. However, many trends that emerged during the outbreak continue to exist, such as work-from-home employment, remote training, self-learning, and others.
It is said that invention is a process that takes time, but our scientists and experts all over the world have proven this to be false with their new inventions in a short period.