Innovation: A look at recent human history

Innovation is the very basis of any and every startup. However, like Uber or Apple, they are often not the first ones to bring about a new idea. The likes of Apple and Uber though, have proven that they are often the best at implementing innovation. That is the main difference between a good startup and technology company vs one that started with a bang and fizzled away.

The best way to succeed with your own innovative idea is to get some help. Companies like the Innovative Company specifically focus on this kind of behaviour, offering you everything from strategy and personnel management down to software solutions.

The best way to innovate and execute is to take inspiration from others around the world. Keeping this in mind, here are some of the most interesting innovations in recent human history:

There is an app for that!

Smartphones have existed a lot longer than the iPhone. In fact, Blackberries were already the go-to solution for most businessmen, and Windows had been offering ‘smart tiny pocket PCs’ for ages. What did Apple do that made it all different? A rather simple thing. They focused on the app. Yes, you could install apps on Windows devices, Palms and Blackberries too, but it was always an awkward (and often expensive) process. By offering apps to everyone through a simple and single market, Apple opened up a whole new world to their users. Needless to say, Android copied the same model, and others like Blackberry, Windows and Amazon have tried and failed.

Transport

When was the last time you read a news piece about a new startup which is being termed as the Uber of xyz? This is because Uber has shown the way when it comes to innovation with transportation. Human history is full of inventions around transport. From the humble boat and ship to rockets taking us to space, humans have tried and conquered everything around us. Yet the biggest niggle we have is that of going from home to work and back. While public transport has been a major influence, the ability to use a smartphone to bring a taxi to your very location, with the ability to know who your driver is, adds a personal touch to commuting and travel that wasn’t there before. While others have followed suit, Uber will always be the Uber of taxis and commute!

Shopping

Like it or not, a physical shop just does not offer the same level of convenience as an online store. While online shopping has existed for as long as the world wide web, nothing beats the experience Amazon has to offer. By using a live review system, the ability to deliver the very next day, and keeping a close tab on its suppliers/shops, Amazon has given the users the ability to buy something with the same peace of mind as they would have in a regular store. More so, now with services such as Amazon Prime and Amazon Now, the sky is the limit when it comes to shopping.

Food

Food, the very thing that dragged humans out of caves and turned us into farmers. It has been a major focus for innovation. Services such as Just Eat and Deliveroo have turned food and food delivery into a massive market. Food delivery has existed for as long as takeaways. By combining all the services into an easy to access app/website, and offering people convenience, the services have taken off like never before.

Fitness

Once again, the concept of fitness is nothing new. In fact, they had gymnasiums in ancient Greece. However, from the humble pedometer to the Fitbits, technology has put fitness in the hands of anybody with a phone and a watch to wear. Now, you don’t need to join a gym to know what amount of exercise you need to do. All you need is a simple device and an associated device.

What is your favourite innovation?

What is your favourite innovation? What is the one technology you wouldn’t be able to live without? Do you have a great idea that you’d like to see turn into a product? Let us know in the comment section below.

Sami Mughalhttps://www.oxgadgets.com
Can be found somewhere between designing new tech as an electronics engineer or testing new tech as a technology enthusiast. Lives mostly on Twitter, and would love to have a word with you there as @smacula.

Related Articles

Skullcandy’s new limited edition bundle for March

Skullcandy is launching this morning their limited edition bundle for the month of March - Carefree. Every month for the past year Skullcandy has...

LG showcases A-rated products following today’s launch of new EU Energy Relabelling system

Today marks the launch of the new EU Energy Relabelling system which will set a new standard of eco-efficiency for UK home appliances. The new...

OPPO to launch its first end to end one billion color smartphone

The world-leading smart device brand, OPPO, today announced the launch of its high-end, billion color flagship smartphone, the OPPO Find X3 Pro. Building on...

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Stay Connected

1,957FansLike
168FollowersFollow
4,568FollowersFollow
- Advertisement -

Latest Articles

Skullcandy’s new limited edition bundle for March

Skullcandy is launching this morning their limited edition bundle for the month of March - Carefree. Every month for the past year Skullcandy has...

LG showcases A-rated products following today’s launch of new EU Energy Relabelling system

Today marks the launch of the new EU Energy Relabelling system which will set a new standard of eco-efficiency for UK home appliances. The new...

OPPO to launch its first end to end one billion color smartphone

The world-leading smart device brand, OPPO, today announced the launch of its high-end, billion color flagship smartphone, the OPPO Find X3 Pro. Building on...

Cybercriminals are on the lookout for new ways to amplify DDoS attacks

The fastest way to hurt a business is to physically stop its owners being able to provide the service that they want to offer...

D-Link DUB-M520 – the USB-C hub to tick all your needs

As Apple continues to impress with its latest laptops, it is hard to ignore the fact that you're still stuck with 1, 2 or...