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7 Innovative Products From Africa You Should Know

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African innovation is not yet getting the level of global recognition and support it truly deserves. The continent is brimming with a rising new generation of bold, creative-thinking innovators and entrepreneurs who are constantly inventing and developing new technologies that will simplify our daily lives and transform societies – technologies with global appeal and commercial viability in any part of the world.

All Africa.  They deserve a closer look, and it’s time you took notice. Mfonobong Nsehe, Forbes contributor, who chronicles Africa’s success stories, suggests these seven innovations:

Mubser, Egypt

Mubser is a breakthrough navigational aid tool designed for visually-impaired people. It is a wearable belt with a Bluetooth-connected headset that guides blind people to move and navigate around common obstacles such as walls, chairs and staircases in a safe and easy way. Read more on Forbes.

Mellowcabs, South Africa

Mellowcabs are high-tech electric pedicabs manufactured from recycled materials. Read more on Forbes.

Cardiopad, Cameroon

The Cardiopad is a touch screen medical tablet that enables heart examinations such as the electrocardiogram (ECG) to be performed at remote, rural locations while the results of the test are transferred wirelessly to specialists who can interpret them. Read more on Forbes.

ViViFi Touch Sticker, Egypt

ViViFi touch sticker is a human-object interface that can transform non-conductive surfaces with limited thickness such as wood and glass into touch sensors or screens that can interact with human contact through sticking ViViFi’s transparent stickers on the surface’s opposite side. Read more on Forbes.

Saphonian Zero-Blade Wind Convertor, Tunesia


The Saphonian is a bladeless wind turbine that leverages on sailboat technology to produce energy by harnessing wind through a sail that follows a non-rotational back-and-forth 3D motion. Read more on Forbes.

SavvyLoo, South Africa

SavvyLoo is a pedal-operated, self contained, easy to assemble waterless toilet that features a conical disc that separates urine, diarrheic and other liquids from solids. Read more on Forbes.

The Malaria pf/PAN (pLDH) Test Kit, South Africa

The Malaria pf/PAN (pLDH) Test Kit is a rapid medical diagnostic test kit that detects all strains of malaria indicates within 30 minutes whether the Malaria treatment provided is effective.