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The European Inventor Award honours the individuals whose inventions impact our lives. Thanks to these pioneers, our world is becoming safer, smarter and more sustainable.
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A liquid lens that uses electrical current and the natural properties of liquids to act like a magnifying glass. The lens' light weight, compact size and excellent performance make it an ideal choice for use in small devices such as scanners and small cameras.
One of the most ubiquitous computer advances since the computer processor, Universal Serial Bus (USB) greatly simplified a previous maze of competing plug designs, allowing effortless plug-and-play functionality and simultaneous connection of many devices.
Coated inside minuscule capsules, anti-cancer drugs can be transported straight to diseased cells in the human body, where they take action without harming healthy tissue along the way.
A revolutionary prosthetic hand with individually mechanised fingers that enables wearers to carry out even complex tasks
A major step in the development of solar-energy technology, this improved process for creating selective-emitter solar cells provides a more efficient path to solar power.
Blumotion, a damper system that facilitates the smooth closing of furniture doors, drawers and wall cabinets.
With their light weight and minimal power consumption, electronic ink displays allow consumers to carry thousands of e-books to be enjoyed anytime, anywhere.
With his smaller and more affordable version of a proton-generating device called the ‘cyclotron', engineer Yves Jongen paved the way for making proton therapy - which targets tumours more precisely than conventional X-rays - available to a growing number of patients around the world.
A cheaper, faster and cleaner way to smelt steel. In a field responsible for 27% of industrial CO2 emissions and 5% of all man-made greenhouse gases, this streamlined method for reducing molten iron conserves finite natural resources and reduces air pollution.
Machine (computer) translation model that uses mathematical probabilities to determine the most likely interpretation of chunks of text between foreign languages
The latest in a series of inventions enabling Spanish railroad company Patentes Talgo to use a unique ‘independent guided' wheel design rather than a standard axle on their high-speed passenger trains. This design makes the trains some of the most comfortable and safe in the industry.
Expansion of cork through microwave radiation
A far faster, less complicated and less time-consuming method to sequence DNA strands that uses the photo-reactive properties of chemicals and DNA enzymes to identify DNA sequences.
The ARM processor has transformed computing, especially in handheld devices such as smartphones, by enabling maximum processing speed and simplified task management with low power consumption.