The Australians have always been an inventive lot, not only did the Aboriginals invent some amazing things, in more recent history we have created some much needed things to make life easier and more comfortable.
Here are some:
1953 – Solar Water Heater
The first prototype of a solar water heater was developed at CSIRO in Victoria.
1958 – Black Box Flight Recorder
Dr David Warren in Melbourne invented the first black box flight memory recorder. The unit recorded the pilot’s voice and a few instrument readings.
1982 – The dual flush toilet
In 1982, the dual flush toilet was responsible for savings in excess of 32000 litres of water per household a year. Pretty important in the world’s dries inhabited continent.
1984 – Baby Safety Capsule
Babies in a car crash used to bounce around like a soccer ball. Now for the first time babies had a harness for their safe transportation in cars.
1985 – World’s Most Efficient Solar Cells
produced the world’s first 20% efficient solar cell.
1988 – Plastic Banknotes
CSIRO and Note Printing Australia developed the world’s first polymer banknote made from tough flexible polypropylene plastics. These notes last longer and are more difficult to counterfeit than paper money.
1988 – Biological Pesticides
The world’s first non-chemical biological pesticide.
1998 – Hybrid Toilet
A lightweight, fully–enclosed toilet system which requires no water and minimal maintenance was released for sale.