There are so many creations all around us. Small and big. Intelligent and street smart. Ones you never notice. Ones you just can’t live without. Ones that never fail to stop you in your path and make you wonder – "Could I have done that?" Creation Spotting is a gallery dedicated to celebrating such creations. Come take a look, get inspired and let the creator in you take over.

The Khan Academy

Learn almost anything for free

The Khan Academy

The Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organisation created in 2006 by Bengali-American educator Salman Khan. It provides high-quality, free education to anyone, anywhere via an online library of more than 1,600 teaching videos. Khan's long-term goal is to provide 'tens of thousands of videos in pretty much every subject' and to create 'the world's first free, world-class virtual school where anyone can learn anything'.

Laser-Powered Transportation

Laser Powered Transportation

LaserMotive, a research and development firm, uses laser beams to transfer power over long distances and has set world records for laser-powered helicopter flights. Think of it like a wireless extension cord and why not, with a micro-helicopter held aloft solely by laser power. It also won $900,000 in a NASA-sponsored Power Beaming Competition.

Cellphone Medical Test

Cellphone Medical Test

Catherine Wong, 17, invented an electrocardiogram that transmits real-time medical data through a cellphone. Her device uses off-the-shelf electronic components to pick up the heart's electrical signals, then transmits them via cellphone to a health professional who can analyse them. It is a leapfrog approach that bypasses standard pieces of medical equipment that are expensive and not readily available to people in developing countries.

Fair Trade USA

Fair Trade USA

In 1998, Paul Rice launched Fair Trade USA (formerly TransFair USA) from a converted warehouse in downtown Oakland. Today, Fair Trade USA is the only U.S. certifier of Fair Trade products, harnessing the power of business to avoid exploitation in the global supply chain. By auditing transactions between licensed companies and Fair Trade producers, Fair Trade ensures that each product bearing the Fair Trade Certified label has been produced according to international standards. By building social responsibility, environmental sustainability, supply chain transparency and corporate accountability into the new global business model, Fair Trade has successfully channeled nearly $85 million in above-market pricing to farm workers in some of the poorest countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

World Wide Web

World Wide Web

In a matter of decades since it was invented in 1989 by English scientist Tim Berners-Lee, the World Wide Web has grown from a few pages to somewhere in the hundreds of billions, according to best guesstimates. In among all those pages exist a myriad of sites giving people access to information and opportunities that didn't exist previously. Although not all the freedoms available on the Internet are positive, the fact that in the present anyone can be a journalist, a DJ or a filmmaker is changing how we live every day.

Cooling Umbrella

Cooling Umbrella

Just six years old and already she's changing the world with her brilliance. Peh Yong of Singapore has invented an umbrella that imitates the transpiration process of plants to keep you cool in hot weather. It uses a water container, plastic straws and threads. So simple, yet so cool.

Butter Stick

Butter Stick

Butter in a stick. Brilliant! Unlike most creations this one has a very clear and practical purpose. It not only helps keep your butter fresh but also makes it easier to serve, eliminating the need for butter knives.

Baby Breathing Monitor

Baby Breathing Monitor

10-year old Rada Al-Khilfi from Saudi Arabia is on a mission to save lives. She's invented a little device to save babies from suffocating in their sleep. The small transmitter monitors the baby's heartbeat and warns the guardian if anything is amiss.

Hydraulic Flat Changer

Hydraulic Flat Changer

Afifah Bt Husain, a Malaysian student, has created a device named 'Nutty-Notty', which uses a tailored socket, hydraulic jet and a ratchet spanner to easily lift the car and loosen screws on tyres to change flats. A really useful device, especially for women motorists.

Gripple

Gripple

Hugh Facey, a fence wire salesman, was challenged by a farmer to come up with a less messy solution to knotting fence wires. Hugh came back with the Gripple, a genius little metal device with holes on both sides that uses the wire’s own tension to hold the fence together.

The Wall Project

The Wall Project

They saw the drab dull walls of Mumbai and a burning desire rose within. "Something must be done about it". Now it's a full blown movement with people having a blast painting the walls, while the city gains a picturesque façade without spending a penny.

Party Hard Drivers

Party Hard Drivers

A simple yet novel idea that makes life a real party while making sure the roads stay safe for all. Party Hard Drivers is an innovative business that provides you with a trained driver who will drive you home responsibly when you are too drunk to drive.

Mirakle Couriers

Mirakle Couriers

Deafness is an invisible disability that gets very little support from the Government of India. This unique courier service provides employment opportunities for low-income deaf men and women and works to empower and help them achieve financial independence.

Mini Sanitary Napkin-Making Machine

Mini Sanitary Napkin-Making Machine

A low cost invention by A. Muruganantham, this machine solves three unique problems for rural women. It provides opportunity for self-employment, a steady income source and a low-cost hygienic replacement to cloth napkins.

The Cardboard Bicycle

The Cardboard Bicycle

Izhar Gafni from Israel made this bicycle almost entirely of packaging grade cardboard. While being as durable as any normal bike due to an innovative folding technique and waterproof coating, it may just revolutionise the world by offering a cheap and eco-friendly mode of transport for all.

The Modified Water Pump

The Modified Water Pump

With the addition of a tap and a trough, this genius invention channels excess water from hand pumps to quench the thirst of humans and animals alike. A really sensible idea to make optimum use of water in a nation where it is scarce.

The Floating Soap

The Floating Soap

It’s very common for people to lose their soap while bathing in rivers and streams since soap bars tend to sink. This genius inventor solved the issue by creating a floating soap bar by simply tweaking the manufacturing process a little.

WikiCells

WikiCells

The first scalable, inexpensive and stable solution to packaging that can replace plastic. WikiCells are edible organic skins that come in various flavours to package food and drinks.

The Pulley with a Brake

The Pulley with a Brake

In many villages in India, women have to walk miles to get water. Add to that the physical strain of having to draw water in one go. This thoughtful creation eases that strain by letting them take breaks while drawing heavy buckets of water.