Monday, 16 September 2013

Exoskeleton helps paralysed walk - Ekso

After decades of development, Ekso's bionics technology has now been taken out of the lab and into the commercial market.

It's really nice to see the joy on peoples faces after taking their first steps in years and in some cases, forever.

Charge your phone while riding your bike - Siva Cycle

After the Urine Powered Generator, Solar Cooker, Solar hand-bag and the shoe charger, SolePower, this has to be my favourite gadget yet. It's very simple and practical. Might just start riding again :-D

I'm sure most of us have had our smartphones run out of battery at least once... Siva Cycle has created a gadget to stop that from happening again.

Best part is, Siva Cycle have pledged to donate one of the devices to those in need for every 10 purchases... cool!

Watch the video below to see how it works; pretty sweet.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Fascinating Nigeria

I have to say, the minister of Tourism, Culture & National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke, did a great job on launching this platform. It's an official guide to all Nigeria has to offer; It's pretty detailed and enjoyable.
Nigerian Food


The web developers also did a fantastic job on the mobile and desktop sites.
Have a look at the site here


Wednesday, 11 September 2013

How do you answer 3 billion questions a day?

Ben Gomes  (Illustration: Sumit Kumar)


  • Google handles more than 100 billion searches each month or more than three billion per day.
  • Google has to crawl more than 20 billion pages a day to keep up with the ever-changing web.
  • Google has found 60 trillion web addresses so far, up from one trillion in 2008.
  • Google has indexed pages from over 230 million domains.
  • A query on Google travels 750 miles each way, to and from the data centre.- BBC

What do you do if you get more than three billion queries a day?
If you are Ben Gomes, Google's Tanzania-born, India-bred, US-educated vice-president of search, you are responsible for helping to answer all of them - in the shortest time possible, on all devices: desktops, tablets, phones. And now, in the spoken word too.
Search is Google's raison d'etre and cash cow, bringing in a bulk of its $50bn (£33bn) revenues last year. It is also, says Mr Gomes, "about having a continuous conversation with the user to find out what he wants". 

Read the rest of the interview he had with the BBC here.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

How We Lost Our Capacity to Innovate in Nigeria #TEDx #Ofili

It's amazing how we Nigerians hardly innovate. The speaker in the video below, Okechukwu Ofili, stated something quite profound and apparent about Nigeria, which is the fact that we Nigerians suffer from something he calls, "the foreign comparison issue". This is were we tend to compare our status and accomplishments with developed countries which somehow, mentally dampens our capacity; which shouldn't be. Seeing other countries constantly innovating and developing should instinctively cajole us to aim higher but unfortunately, that isn't the case.

Ofili also gave some statistics which I found embarrassing (being a Nigerian) but enlightening at the same time.
Between 2000 and 2011:
  • 450,000 patents were registered in Japan (population 120 Million)
  • 15,000 patents registered in Israel (population 10 million)
  • 1500 patents registered in South Africa (40 Million)
  • 17 patents registered in Nigeria (population 150 million) 

Ofili, is an engineer, author, artist and public speaker (he probably has more up his sleeves) who is well known for his books and well-entertaining blog.
I found this talk uplifting, inspiring and I will definitely start innovating more... hope you will too.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

SolePower - Charge your smartphone by walking

Watch the video of how it works

"SolePower is another contraption that lets you charge your smartphone through a very basic action that everyone does at some point during the day: walk. Similar concepts have been proposed before, but a group is finally taking action and their proposed device is called SolePower. It’s dubbed as a “power-generating shoe” that allows the wearer to charge portable electronics like smartphones, MP3 players, and tablets as they walk.