2015/16 Inventions and Discoveries

Image: Kasia Sawicka

[Leong Qi Tyng | Contributing Writer]

Wondering what kinds of new and wonderful inventions and discoveries have crept into our lives recently? Here’s a short list of what’s been going on since 2015!

Thinx: Period-proof Underwear by Miki & Radha Agrawal and Antonio Dunbar (USA & Sri Lanka)

Image: www.shethinx.com


I always wondered how female superheroes go about crime fighting on their period week. Do they have time for a quick change? Well, thanks to Thinx, girls around the world now have period-proof underwear! The underwear literally absorbs blood! The company has released a range of designs, and each has different levels of absorption. The underwear was said to be anti-microbial, moisture wicking, absorbent and leak-resistant!

The Hoverboard, patented by Shane Chen of Hovertrax (USA)

Hoverboard, ben larcey, flickr cc by 2.0

Image: Hoverboard, Ben Larcey, Flickr CC BY 4.0


The Hoverboard. We have seen it on campus and in our neighbourhood. We have seen it in dance videos, which was pretty cool. It’s like a Segway without handles and a motorised skateboard. I don’t mean to burst your bubble, but it’s not exactly hovering is it?

Nima (previously known as 6SensorLabs) by Shireen Yates & Scott Sundvor (USA)

Image: Nima

6SensorLabs Nima, credit as Nima


6SensorLabs’ Nima. This cute black device that resembles an onigiri is going to help those who are allergic to gluten. All you need to do is just drop a small food sample into the device. If there’s gluten in it, a frowning face will light up on the device. If it’s free of gluten, a smile appears. In the future, the company plans to expand into detecting other food allergens.


Safety Truck by Samsung Electronics, Leo Burnett, Ingemática, Helvetica SA & Volvo Trucks (Argentina)

Image: Safety Truck, Samsung Newsroom, Flickr cc by-nc-sa 2.0

Image: Safety Truck, Samsung Newsroom, Flickr, CC BY 4.0


Safety Truck is a collaboration between Samsung and Leo Burnett. Have no more fear driving behind a huge truck! Both companies created a system that relays footage from the front of the truck to four screens on its back; giving drivers behind the truck a clear view of what’s ahead.

Nike Flyease 8 by Tobie Hatfield (USA)