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COVID-19 has led to fascinating innovation.

Aditi Moondhra

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It’s been more than a year since countries all around the globe started going into lockdown to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. After occasional openings, the second and third waves of the virus forced many countries to implement further lockdowns.

During these difficult times, many groundbreaking innovations have been developed to deal with various issues related to the pandemic, including eating out and online school.

With millions of people being forced to stay home to help stop the spread of COVID-19, people had to find creative ways to stay social, play games and connect virtually. At this time, software like Zoom, Google Meet and Microsoft Teams started coming into play, Zoom in particular. Zoom is a video telephony proprietary software program developed by Zoom Video Communications. This app has allowed people all over the world to connect, play games and even allowed a new form of schooling (online school) to come into being.

At the peak of the lockdown, analysts looked through social media to find clues about what people most looked forward to doing when lockdowns were eased. Answers ranged from eating out and visiting bars with friends. Different countries did different things to solve this problem.

French designer Christophe Gernigon created oversized transparent lampshades, allowing diners to eat in a personal bubble called Plex Eat. In South Korea, they started developing robotic bartenders. For instance, ‘Cabo’, a robot, can carve a perfectly spherical ice ball for whisky, and another can measure out cocktail liquor from 25 bottles hanging from the ceiling. Cool, right?

The most effective way to stop COVID-19 is social distancing, and people need to be reminded of it often. Singapore has decided to use a robot for this task. ‘Spot’ is a robot that patrols parks and reminds visitors to maintain social distancing. “Let's keep Singapore healthy. For your own safety, and for those around you, please stand at least one metre apart. Thank you.”

These inventions are so fascinating! COVID-19 has caused so many problems, but is also the reason for many innovations. With each challenge comes a new opportunity to unleash our creativity and create something more beautiful than ever before. - Sanjeev Aggarwal, Orvi

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