Last updated: 17.12.2019

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Your daily routine is highly likely to include inventions by European Inventor Award winners and finalists.

Akira Yoshino

This Japanese scientist developed the lithium-ion battery, an invention used every day by billions of people around the world.

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    Amnon Shashua and the Mobileye team

    Millions of cars are safer to drive thanks to an advanced driver assistance system that uses AI and a single-lens camera to spot and avoid traffic hazards in real time.

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      Marta Karczewicz

      If you enjoy streaming video, read all about the Polish inventor who spent years working on how to compress video files more effectively.

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        Terese Alstin and Anna Haupt

        Form, function and safety: these Swedish inventors developed an "invisible" bicycle helmet that offers better protection and shock absorption than standard helmets.

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          Masahiro Hara, Motoaki Watabe, Tadao Nojiri, Takayuki Nagaya and Yuji Uchiyama

          This Japanese team invented the QR code, a 2D bar code that allows scanners to find and interpret information 20 times faster than matrix codes.

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          Bruno Berge

          The brilliantly simple principle that oil and water don't mix is behind the "liquid lenses" invented by French scientist Bruno Berge.

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            António Velez Marques, Helena Pereira, Rui Reis and Susana Silva

            This Portuguese team’s incredibly simple invention to increase the volume of cork is helping producers to meet global demand.

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              Joshua Silver

              Simply brilliant: these liquid-filled lenses can be adjusted by individual wearers without the need for an optician.  

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                Hermann Greter and Christoph Weis

                A small jet regulator for bathroom and kitchen taps invented by two German experts unlocks enormous water savings of up to 50%.

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                  Oktoberfest: No beer without patents

                  On the busiest days, bartenders at the Munich Oktoberfest serve up to 70 000 litres of beer – all in record time. Thanks to modern technology, the beer keeps flowing and never peters out during the festival's 16-day run.