• South African inventions that impacted the world

    Date:9 July 2019 Author: Popular Mechanics Team Tags:, , , , , ,

    South African: braai’s, sports, and mind-blowing inventions that changed the world?

    In terms of South African innovation, many can’t think beyond the first human-to-human heart transplant (performed by Dr Cristiaan Barnard in 1967). Here is a list of weird and wonderful things, invented in South Africa, that deserve a bit more credit.

    Q20 (1950)

    Q20 was invented in 1950 in Pinetown, South Africa by Mr. Robertson (first name still unknown) to help displace any stagnant water from the distributor caps on his beloved VW beetle. Not only was his invention a great water repellant, it worked wonders at keeping rust at bay and got rid of any squeaky door hinges. Once Q20 is sprayed onto an area where water is unwanted, the solution sinks to the bottom, displacing moisture and adding a layer of lubricant.

    Kreepy Krauly (1974)

    Thanks to Ferdinand Chauvier, from Springs, South Africa, dads across the world can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that their pools are always clean. The Kreepy Krauly uses water pressure generated by the pool pump to form a secure suction to the walls of the pool, where brushes are then used to clean up any dirt or debris.

    Cybertracker (1996)

    Animal tracking is no easy feat. To get around this problem, South African physicist, Louis Liebenberg, and computer scientist, Lindsay Stenventon, developed the worlds first animal tracking software. It utilises a picture-based interface able to record complex animal behaviour and locations. This device is now used in countries all the world to track exotic and endangered creatures on the move.

    Spots Speed Gun (1992)

    Not to be confused with the Traffic speed gun. The sports speed gun was created in the cricket crazy nation of South Africa by John Raubenheimer. With his extensive knowledge in sonar and radar technology, created a devise able to accurately record the speed of cricket balls during a game. Placed at either end of a cricket ground, the gun takes a reading every 1/1 000th of a second. It’s able to measure the ball every few centimetres, mid-flight.

    Computicket (1971)

    In 1971, a young man from Benoni revolutionized the events and entertainment industry by inventing the worlds first centralised, computerised ticket booking system. The first client to adopt this system was Ster-Kinekor. Soon after, the rest of the world followed suit.

    30 Seconds (1996)

    This beloved South African boardgame was the result of a drunken evening of games in Gordon’s Bay. The idea sprung to life when one of the guests suggested that all 20 attendees put a piece of paper into a bowl. Each guest then had a time limit to describe what was on the paper to their teammates. The official game was launched in stores in 1998 and was developed by Callie Esterhuyse, who matriculated from Paul Roos Gimnasium in Stellenbosch.

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