Agricultural Innovations

Agriculture.

 

The discovery of farming is possibly what made early humans change from hunter-gatherers wandering the wilderness to settlers and communities. The ability to farm allowed our species to forge a foundation for villages, towns, cities – civilisations.

 

For something that is so ancient, you’d expect that we’d know all there is to know about it already, right? There are no more significant discoveries or incredible innovations to be found.

 

As amusing as that thought might be, it is hubris. The simple fact is that there are still innovations popping up in the field of agriculture.

 

One of the new things is coming from corporate giants like Panasonic and Sony. These corporations are making urban farms. Vertical and productive, these facilities are also doing something that you’d never expect when you hear the word agriculture.

 

They’ve gone soil-less.

 

Panasonic, Sharp, Toshiba, Fujitsu, and Sony are all using former facilities in Japan to grow lettuce. All of this is done without using any soil, instead of investing heavily in hydroponics. No-wash, no-soil vegetables grow at twice the speed of being cultivated in the field.

 

You can thank custom-designed LED lights for that.

 

Another innovation lies in the field of water efficiency.

 

Yes, most of the planet’s surface is water. Most of that water is of no use for everyday human use. Desalination used to be a costly and prohibitive process. It was simply too expensive and too inefficient to be used.

 

This idea changed when someone had the bright idea of using the only thing more abundant than seawater to power the process: sunlight. The use of solar energy to charge desalination machinery has helped dramatically reduce the power limitations. The tech is already seeing use in hydroponic farms.

 

Farmers who like their tech can also choose to look into drones.

 

Most of the time, we imagine drones in the military. Sometimes, they might be used as publicity stunts, like pizza delivery. However, with the use of flight mapping software, drones can also serve a function in agriculture.

 

An accurate flight map allows the drone to be used in fertilising a field. Precision commands allow a farmer to control how and where the fertiliser is applied. Yes, they can do this by hand, but a drone can do it faster once they understand how to get it done.

 

The precision involved also helps reduce the need for fertiliser and improves crop yield. This is clearly shown in Dubai, which is looking to expand agricultural drones so it can become self-sufficient regarding food.

 

Of course, all these innovations are just new ways of using existing technology. You’ll still need to know basic farming knowledge, like soil types and crop rotation. You’ll still need things like fertiliser and mulch – which you can get if you click here – to succeed.

 

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Third World Innovations

Innovation is kind of a rare thing in the third world. This isn’t saying people there lack creativity or intelligence. However, it is indisputable that third world countries have severe impediments to the kind of environment that spawns innovation.

 

First, they lack a solid base of scientists and researchers. The sciences aren’t usually seen as good career choices there, so the knowledge that leads to innovation is somewhat lacking.

 

Second, there is a need to profit despite customers having little in the way of disposable income. What little room there might be for innovation is tied down by a shoestring budget. There isn’t a lot of cash going to R&D, except for the biggest companies. Everything else takes priority.

 

However, the restriction does tend to breed creativity. Back home, we know that if things are hard, someone is going to find a way to make it easier.

 

Here are a few nifty innovations that have cropped up thanks to creative minds in the poorest parts of the world.

 

Charcoal prices are rising in Africa, which makes it harder to purchase the fuel needed for cooking. One innovation that is letting people avoid this is ethanol cooking oil. Locally-sourced cassava is converted and refined into ethanol fuel, providing an alternative to charcoal and being greener at the same time.

 

Getting cassava like this does require that local farmers include it in the crop rotations. This situation is also a good thing since it helps keep the soil fertile.

 

In many parts of the third world – especially Africa – they’ve sort of skipped the desktop revolution. They went straight to mobile technologies. While this is doing wonders for connectivity, it has limits. Electricity is still unreliable in many areas, making recharging batteries a challenge.

 

A clever way to solve this is the sun. Let’s face it; the sun is perhaps the most omnipresent power source in the world. Talented minds have used solar panels and wheels to create mobile charging stations.

 

These moving kiosks sell charging time, money transfer services, and electronic airtime. Solar panels form the basis of this idea. With up to ten people able to use the kiosk at a time and the benefit of mobility, it’s a smart stopgap measure to the electricity problem.

 

Finally, there is the matter of water purification. Third world citizens are often lucky if they have reliable access to clean water.

 

Technology is helping solve this. Some machines use reverse-osmosis principles to purify water at a rate of 1,300 litres per hour. Businesses then sell this as safe drinking water, sometimes even delivering by the litre.

 

In countries like the Philippines, smaller versions of these machines see use in homes (tap water in that country is infamously undrinkable, and in at least one instance was flammable) or as tools in disaster relief operations.

 

Auto Technology

Technology is a game changer. We all know that, even if we don’t – or can’t – always predict how it’ll change the game.

 

One area where we don’t always think of technology applying is in auto repair. As it turns out, there have been innovations in this field. As cars and the technology behind them march onward, mechanics have to keep up or be left behind.

 

Apps are arguably the biggest innovation in the field. Between the existence of business management apps and software that is specifically designed to handle auto mechanic needs, there is a great deal of computer technology out there.

 

Perhaps some of the best and most useful are software diagnostic tools. Originally used mainly on race tracks, these tools have become important technical innovations.

 

As cars become more and more integrated with modern electronics, it becomes apparent that many of the problems can be diagnosed through technology. Issues that could have taken hours to identify can now be more easily pinpointed through diagnostic tools.

 

Techs are also becoming increasingly important. One of the most crucial innovations in the field of auto mechanic shops is in computers.

 

As computers become more and more integral to how a car operates, it becomes indispensable to have mechanics that also double as tech gurus. Knowing things like networking, troubleshooting Bluetooth devices, and working command lines have become crucial skills.

 

Probably one of the best innovations, even if it’s unlikely to show up in your average garage or mechanic any time soon, is 3D scanning.

 

The auto industry has changed. In the 50s, Volkswagen had two lines, and factories could look forward to making the same model from inception to the day it closes.

 

This situation isn’t the case anymore, as smaller volumes of cars being made and greater turnovers between new and old models are the norm.

 

Digital scanning of car designs before production is rapidly taking the forefront. 3D scanning involves sending a scanner through the production line, creating a virtual map of everything as it goes along. An additional benefit of this digital data is the ability to update it with greater ease.

 

For mechanics, this data can provide a clearer, more detailed picture of the interior mechanisms of a vehicle.  It provides a perspective on the parts and how they link together that they’ve never had before. At least, assuming such data is given to mechanics – car manufacturers might not be so generous.

 

In the end, all of these are manifestations of the underlying paradigm shift in auto mechanics. We’re slipping away from the brute force, trial-and-error tactics of the past into a smarter, more technical industry.

 

Technical knowledge, mastery of computers and electronic tools, and the use of other data have become the norm. As innovation in the car industry continues, it becomes apparent that access to the tools and data of the manufacturer grows more important for mechanical fixes.

 

Still, that doesn’t mean that shops like mobilemechanicperthwa.com.au are out of business. What it does mean is that they’re now becoming more specialised.

 

As distributors and affiliated shops with access to manufacturer-approved tools increases, corner garages have had to adapt. Nowadays, they’re more focused on “general” services, like replacing windows or repairing braking systems. They’ve found a new niche.

Innovations in bathroom renovations

Innovation is an essential part of progress. New ideas, new ways of doing things, and new solutions to old problems, are important. What is a common convenience today was yesterday’s innovation.

 

However, there is a misconception that innovation is limited to technology. This is not the case!

 

Innovation can also come into play in the small things, like kitchen design. Don’t you believe me? Well, here are some of the newest innovations and ideas in kitchen design to prove my point!

 

Integrated refrigerators are a new aesthetic touch. Most of the time, the fridge is a huge, bulky thing that can sometimes clash with the look and feel of your kitchen.

 

If you integrate your fridge, it means that it blends in with your cabinets. It could look like a very large cabinet until you open it. Most of the new designs here are minimalist – very few lines and the handles blend in with the overall look. The result is something that fits, rather than stands out.

 

Another innovation lies in the sink – specifically, having two of them. Cutting the kitchen in two this way allows the cook to entertain without crowding the kitchen.

 

Dividing the kitchen into two work zones, with one for casual users and clean up is the purpose here. The other sink is the primary one, which takes up the bulk of the cooking. Both sinks get their countertops, but only the main sink has a proper work area.

 

Wood – specifically, American black walnut – is gaining ground as countertop material. With a marine oil finish, this is both waterproof and stain-proof.

 

If you prefer a more industrial look, concrete is also making waves as a material of choice. One bonus is that kitchen concrete uses a lot of zinc, which is bacteriostatic. In simple terms, germs die on it faster than they would on something like stainless steel.

 

In the past, lighting was merely a function of kitchen design. It wasn’t considered an essential part of the plan. That is no longer the case, as designers now know better lighting helps. Gone are the days when a window just had to provide enough light to work.

 

Whether it’s lamps, a chandelier, or another fixture, kitchen lighting is rapidly entering the arena of chic. From preparation to presentation to even the mood, lighting has become a key element to cooking.

 

Of course, what kitchen is complete without appliances?

 

One of the ways kitchen design has innovated in the use of new technologies. There are smart appliances that can be controlled from your phone, or send you notifications of when timers are up.

 

Then there are things like steam cookers and induction cooktops, which completely change how some types of cooking are done.

 

More and more appliances are specialising for certain lifestyles, and the kitchen is no exception! For families, there are refrigerator drawers that allow kids easy access to quick snacks. For the busy professional, there are hotplates and others that heat up faster.

 

If you’re in the market for a new kitchen and need something innovative and new, do what I did and call some professionals. I used asrenosolutions.com.au, who came in and did some great work.

Fracture no more

I am fortunately fracture free after six weeks and boy can I tell you, I came up with some innovative ways to continue my living to its fullest. Not settling for less than I had to I perceived and used my body mentally and physically in different ways to produce the same results, and it was all worth it.

I got by with no troubles and was never stuck needing helped. IT also taught me perseverance and not giving up. Because in the end you get the reward, and I think that’s where the innovative ideas that succeed stem from.

Go Pro

How innovative are go pros seriously. They are mobile cameras that can be used for practically anything, whether on top of the swiss alps heading down snowboarding, surfing, swimming, motorbike riding taking shots of scenery or anything else you can think of.

They are amazing, capturing super hi quality video and photography shots all whilst being small, lightweight waterproof and resilient to lots of thing.

Perhaps you want to buy some attachment to make it even more versatile and use in all sorts of situations.

Whether they be additional mounts, additional batteries, floating back doors and so much more

From the times of throw away cameras we now have these revolutionised innovative pieces of technology that are truly great in showcasing and capturing magic , adventure and events in the world.

People use them to share, to live and to laugh. A great investment indeed if you have purchased yourself one for you can take them anywhere and use them accordingly.

I myself have one and love it. Whenever im out on my bike, out hiking or even catching up with friends a go pro is perfect to capture it all on film. With a low price ticket to suit it just makes it even better.

What becomes even more innovative is when they bring out newer models which simply become better than the last with more features capabilities and a whole lot more bang for your buck.

Thinking of getting a camera? consider a go pro you can’t go wrong.

Trials

Now this is a sport that is innovative. Just look at the bikes and what they are doing…. WOW

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Such a spectacular, I was privileged to watch the Australian National X trial Series over the weekend in Perth Western Australia. Jump on the X trial page on Facebook and check it out!

 

Photo Innovation

Definition of innovate: make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products.

How about Photography and photos? They have lots of different innovations. From the days of bid four legged cameras, to the disposable camera with film, to digital cmaers, to sports action cameras, big lens cameras and compact cameras on phones and other devices. Where do they go next from here?

Even the way of taking photos, hold steady say cheese, to long laps shots, panorama shots, ‘selfies’ and many more, it just continues to develop and become innovated in new ways of capturing.

Then comes prices and the changes within them. With the new digital world advancing, the only cost comes at purchasing a camera now, with everything accessible online and Unfortunately places like Kodak have closed down because of them. But are the prices too high for the device? or what about when you are hiring someone to do it for you.

Professional photography and playful photography such as photo booths (see more) com with additional expenses and are a sole one of, yet as part of the cost you pay for the equipment as well as the experience, and time of another.

Much can go into the prospecting idea of photography, how it was created, where it is going to go next and what else is to come. Will things change or stay the same, only time will tell.