4 Intriguing Inventions from Latin America
Creativity and innovation contribute to diversification as a necessary tool for Latin America to have a world-class competitive economy based on knowledge.
FREMONT, CA: Latin America has produced some of the most intriguing inventions of the lifetime. Contrary to other regions, where knowledge-intensive sectors represent most manufacturing value and experience growth, in Latin America, natural resource and labor-intensive industries account for the majority of manufacturing value. Today, innovative start-ups are gaining momentum, initiatives are addressing the innovation gap, and creative entrepreneurs lead the way on technologies that have a significant impact. With the promise of a good future for innovation in Latin America, here is a look at some of the greatest inventions.
• Dactyloscopy System
The concept of identifying criminals by their fingerprints first came to the Argentine. Based on Francis Galton’s research, Vucetich created his method to compare fingerprints. Later, this has become a vital aspect of crime investigation.
• Color Television
Guillermo González Camarena from Mexico began building electronic devices when he was seven years old. In 1939 Camarena created the first system that transformed television signals into color. His invention became patented in Mexico in 1940, then in the United States in 1941Not long after, people everywhere would be able to enjoy colored television from the comfort of their homes.
• Traffic Lights for the Blind
Blindness brings about many hurdles. Wanting to simplify crossing the street, Argentine inventor patented a special traffic light for the visually impaired. The device was simple to understand and use. An electronic panel was set on the post of a traffic signal. When the green light was on, and cars sped by, the panel made a slow-paced, intermittent sound. This warned users they couldn’t cross. After invention, these devices received a lot of innovation and new updates around the world.
• CAPTCHA Codes
Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart (CAPTCHA) offers an additional layer of protection to keep malicious programs and bots from accessing sensitive data by creating a test that only humans can solve. Over time, CAPTCHA codes have been getting harder since computers keep getting intelligent.