There are many inventions we use every day that we don’t often stop to consider how they were game changers in history.
Take for example, windshield wipers. We barely notice them swishing back and forth in the rain, yet when Mary Anderson created the first patent for them in 1903, she was widely mocked by car manufacturers who didn’t see the value in it. Lucky for us, she persisted!
Inventions carry across every category of industry that we interact with. From the modern hair brush we pick up in the morning, to the coffee filters that keep our lattes bitter free, there are countless women we have to thank for making our daily routines easier.
What did the last decade bring to the world?
You might be surprised by the gadgets and new inventions we have seen in the last decade. The last ten years saw the invention of fidget spinners (remember that craze?), virtual reality, drones, lab-grown meat, boxed mattresses (very convenient), and even the smartwatches we have already taken for granted in organizing our lives.
Ten years ago we wouldn’t have chatted with our friend Siri, posted a short video of us dancing, or mindlessly tap our phone on a square to pay for something. Yet, these habits are already built into our daily routines now.
These bright ideas had to start somewhere, and they have changed how industries (and people) view products that become part of our lives.
It’s why I created Emikeni. I believe the power to create and invent is in us, but this time we’re looking at how we can empower daily life while still protecting our health too. It’s why I invented the original Curling Headband to help protect the longevity of hair health, while still looking flawless when you go to make waves of change in the world.
Whether you are an entrepreneur, or someone with big ideas, what do you think should be invented this next decade?
If you want to take a look through the past, check out my latest publication, the Women’s Inventor Book here
"It had long come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things." - Leonardo da Vinci