You will all agree with me that technology and science, has grown to be major frontiers of development in today’s world.
The level at which we are, in the world of technology, is completely mindblowing- from the world of Phones, robotics, to self driving cars, the list goes on and on.
Currently, things are changing for the better in a continent hosting the largest number of nations commonly referred to as “The Third World.”The level of illiteracy is declining, as Africans are getting better education, resulting in the continent witnessing a rise in the number of tech innovations and inventors.
Today, we will be discussing the top 5 tech innovations by Nigerians.
The Nepaless Iron
Ayokunle Adeniran, a graduate of Covenant University Nigeria, and also U.S based engineer is the brain behind the ‘’Iron Rhino.’’ Talk about adding significant importance to the society, then make reference to the young Engineer.
In a country like Nigeria, where electricity is unstable,this invention is a lifesaver. The Nepaless Iron is powered Butane, a hydrocarbon found in gaseous petroleum fractions. Butane is sold in small gas canisters, with retail price hovering around N120 per canister. This product comes in handy, especially in nation such as ours, where electricity is largely seen as a privilege by the masses.
How it Works
Iron Rhino utilizes cooking gas (butane) packaged in a canister to generate its own heat. The gas canister is sheathed inside the iron, and when powered, the ironing temperature can be increased or lowered by turning the temperature regulator clockwise or counterclockwise, as with electric irons. One can also pre-calibrate a preferred ironing temperature with the safety knob.
The butane canister comes in a cylindrical spray-like can that retails for about N120 and can last for 1 week usage at an average of 20 minutes daily ironing. There are 6 canisters per cartridge, and one cartridge is claimed to last for about 2 weeks’ worth of daily ironing, or 40 pieces of clothing.
Kunle Olukotun is the Cadence Design Systems Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University and he has been on the faculty since 1991. Olukotun is well known for leading the Stanford Hydra research project which developed one of the first chip multiprocessors with support for thread-level speculation (TLS).
Although, the Multi-core Processors development has largely being attributed to major IT giants such as Intel and AMD, nevertheless, the role played by Professor Olukotun in its discovery cannot be overemphasized in any way.
The importance of the Multi-core Processors is to enable computers handle lots of computing processes and tasks efficiently and effectively. Computers with multi-core processors perform a whole lot better than computers lacking them and we cannot be less proud of our own, registering our names on the map.
Chip Interconnection Technology
He is considered as a genius of the computing because he revolutionized the technology world through its inventions. Cyprian Emeka Uzoh, holds more than 126 patents delivered in the United States and more than 160 worldwide in the semiconductors technology. He also co-wrote more than 35 publications.
And his exploits were worth to him many awards on the international scale.
In 2006, he was appointed “inventor of the year” for the patent on the “Manufacturing process of an electrolytic interconnection structures on a chip of integrated circuit”
The Copper Interconnect technology is one of such innovations that have contributed significantly to the development of computer electronics and technologies, and Cypian Uzoh played key role in co-developing and co-implementing it in notable Tech companies around the world, including IBM.
HopStop is the brainchild of Chinedu Echeruo, a former analyst at investment bank and hedge fund. HopStop works just like your regular mapping app only that it’s more oriented towards providing free customized public transit directions and other information relating public transit.
This app lets users get up to the minute biking, taxi, walking, public transit and hourly car rental directions based on the travel options selected. Users can also find popular shopping areas, bars, restaurants, attractions, and much more, using the Hopstop city guide.
The popularity of Hopstop has grown over the last five years, especially in the United States, where its positive impact has largely been felt. HopStop was ranked among the top 100 fastest growing companies in the U.S in 2011 and has been named as one of the top transit apps for Apple products by respected media agencies in the world, including Business insider.
Mimosa Weed Solar Energy
With the world clamoring for renewable energy and a greener environment, devoid of harmful industrial activities, Professor Justus Nwaoga, from the department of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry, University of Nigeria Nsukka, discovered that the common weed Mimosa Pudica had the potential to harness the energy from the sun.
His findings were brought to life after observing the behavioural patterns of the Mimosa, especially when exposed to sunlight. After observing that the Mimosa leaves opened at sunrise and folded at sunset, he dug deeper into the chemical component of its leaves and discovered a compound called “black silicon,” which he says is responsible for the plant’s high sensitivity to sunlight. He used the pigment discovered in the Mimosa to create solar panels, which is stirring up interest in countries such as China, a leading power in solar energy development.
Nigeria has made giant strides in science and technology, tech startups are springing up daily, buoyed by the massive rise in the number highly talented, educated and tech savvy citizens. Nigerian innovators are making significant impact globally and are highly sought-after for their technical prowess and ingenuity. These are the kind of innovations we need in Nigeria, a development that will see her attain her true position in the comity of industrialized nations and ultimately achieve her vision.