Even though Singapore might be small with a limited talent pool, in the world of tech, however, this is where our tiny city-state can work wonders.
For the past few decades, the small yet powerful country has been at the forefront of developing devices and applications that have widespread repercussions, such as the betterment of all mankind.
We’re not exaggerating, here are eight Singapore-made tech creations that helped improve everything from the sharing economy and free classified ads to heralding the future of manufacturing with 3D printing technology.
1. Vibease (Smartphone controlled vibrator)
Singapore and its citizens aren't exactly known for being active like bunnies in heat, but this tech invention proves that with tech, anything can happen.
Vibease is a smartphone-controlled vibrator that has been touted as an ideal enhancement for couples coping with long-distance relationships. It all sounds very kinky, what with the long distance app-controlled stimulation, which explains why this product was making waves in the crowdfunding circle.
The founders, Dema Tio and Steven Kik, both 36 years old, had initially asked for US$30,000. They raised four times the targetted amount of US$130,000 instead.
Not looking so conservative now, are we?
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2. Buccaneer 3D printer by Pirate3D
3D printers, both industrial and home-based ones, are all the rage these days, as they have been hailed as the future of manufacturing.
So you might be enthused to know that that future is manufactured by a Singaporean team: The Buccaneer 3D printer by Pirate3D is a made in Singapore tech invention.
3D printing is a dream come true for any craft maker or model builder. With such a piece of equipment, they can practically create gewgaws of any conceivable shape and size, from prototypes of finished products.
Need a bottle holder? A key chain? Or even a missing Lego piece? Not to worry. The Buccaneer 3D printer can print everything from scratch. Even if you can't design, don't fret for design blueprints are available to download online.
Just how much interest and excitement did this Singaporean 3D printer incite? When Pirate3D's Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign closed on 29 June last year, it amassed US$1.439 million in pledges from 3,520 backers.
The initial crowdfunding target was US$100,000. Talk about exponential growth.