Innovation shapes our world. Seven top finalists and winners of the European Inventor Award illustrate just how diverse and far-reaching innovation’s impact can be.
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By adding short steel fibres to wet concrete, Belgian engineer Ann Lambrechts, has transformed building construction and design. Her simple invention was a breakthrough that strengthened concrete, slashed costs and opened up new architectural possibilities.
The 3D motion sensor in your smart phone, laptop and computer game controller is likely thanks to Benedetto Vigna. The inspiration for his robust yet sensitive sensor came from an unusual place: the Japanese Pagoda!
Millions of lithium-ion batteries which power our cell phones, laptops and MP3 players are thrown away each year. Farouk Tedjar's safe, green, low energy process recovers 98% of the valuable - and toxic - metals they contain.
Dutch engineer Jaap Haartsen found a revolutionary way to connect electronic gadgets to each other at short range without the use of cables, using a variety of low-power radio frequencies.
Jan Tøpholm, Søren Westermann and Svend Vitting Andersen have revolutionized hearing-aids to bring sharper sounds to the growing numbers of people around the world suffering from hearing loss
Biochemist Jason Chin has re-programmed human cells to make new customised proteins. These, in turn, will lead to new ways to treat diseases and revolutionise our understanding of our biology.
Winner of the 2012 European Inventor Award for Lifetime Achievement, Professor Bille's pioneering work in the field of laser eye surgery has produced groundbreaking innovations that have corrected the sight of millions of people worldwide.