In 1899 Charles H. Duell, the then Commissioner to the U.S. Office of Patents said, “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” One only has to look around to know how wrong that man was. Not only have we seen millions upon millions more inventions since then, but more inventions are appearing on the scene every day. In 2013 alone we saw the inventions of the 3Doodler, a pen that doodles in 3D, the Nest Protect smoke alarm, which is a ‘smart’ smoke and carbon monoxide detector, and a new atomic clock that is 100 times more accurate than the clock we know and love today. Just as Duell was wrong about those inventions, there are many more that are sure to be invented next year. Here are a few 2014 updates for inventors to help you become one of those visionaries that will help shape a better tomorrow.
Many of these 2014 updates for inventors are related to technology, as the tech world is on fire right now and there is no sign of current trends slowing down. 2013 saw the invention of a device that allows researchers to see through walls with wi-fi and the creation of an app that allows a smartphone to be used as a sonar device.
Apps, computers, robotics and even medical technology are expected to lead intention trends next year. Hopefully these updates for inventors will cause you to want to invent the next app or device that makes life simple for a few million people, or quite possibly the entire world.
Health, Longevity and Beauty
The world is becoming increasingly health conscious. If people aren’t going vegan or gluten-free, they’re taking to hormone replacement therapy and plastic surgery to look their best and erase away the years. You should expect 2014 updates for inventors to include more products and services to help people live better, live longer and look their best while they’re doing it. Take these updates for inventors and see if you can come up with the next best thing that the health conscious crowd will fawn over.
Encryption and Security
As stated, many of the 2014 updates for inventors are related to technology, and encryption and security are two topics that are sure to be at the forefront of people’s minds next year. As more reports flow in about government spying, people are going to be very interested in new inventions that can help to store passwords, can help to create better passwords and technology that helps to encrypt messages from one party to another.
Some updates for inventors have suggested that encryption and security inventions may be tied closely to social media, as people become more concerned about the information they post freely online. We could even see a new social network emerge that combines the likes of Facebook and Twitter, but that uses state-of-the-art encryption. A network like that could cause a mass migration that causes all the other networks to fold and possibly rethink their business strategies. It wouldn’t be the first time a new invention completely disrupts the world, and it’s always exciting for inventors and casual observers when that happens.
Resource and Energy Conservation
With the world focused on green living and the protection of the environment, we can expect several 2014 updates for inventors to have to do with conserving the earth and all that it provides for us. We can expect inventions aimed at reducing greenhouse gases and the carbon footprint that humans are leaving on our home planet.
The world is also looking to rid itself of its dependence on oil and other depletable resources. Waterless fracking is an invention that we saw in 2013 and next year we should expect even more inventions of this nature to arrive.
This is just a short list of the projected industries and ideas that will help bring forth some of the most amazing inventions ever to hit the world stage. Take these 2014 updates for inventors or come up with your own ideas to revolutionize the world and hope for the best. Don’t be afraid to aim high and forget the naysayers like poor old Mr. Duell. For example, in 1977, Ken Olson, Chairman for Digital Equipment Corp. said in 1988 that, “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” Just like Mr. Duell, Olson couldn’t have been more wrong. Use this as motivation to come up with your own updates for inventors to blow all the others out of the water.