Ever since the industrial revolution, production, invention and innovation have increased dramatically. The world started to recognize how important development is and people started to promote creation of things both new and from the old. It also helped that patents and large companies started to get interested in the industry as well, promising a lot of money for any potential product that would dominate the market.
In this span of time, humanity has seen the development of the digital space through the internet, wireless communication. Faster modes of transportation, like bullet trains and airplanes, emerged. Along with these great changes and inventions are many little things that have evolved. One such item is the lanyard. From its simplistic and original use for storage and convenience, being a strap for all things, people have now started to notice how this small object may become the carrier for future technologies.
One of the newer technologies integrated within the lanyard relates to both industrial and home use. Many lanyards today shine in terms of shock absorption. With the lanyard acting as an impact absorber, the wearer is protected from harm and it lessens what would otherwise be a negative effect on the body. There are also lanyards that don’t conduct heat and electricity, making them perfect for people who often have to handle extensive industrial repairs. After all, if you’re handling something that’s either extremely hot or electrically charged, you wouldn’t want your neck strap to suddenly burst in flames or become a cause of electrocution.
Another upgrade that most lanyards have received is retraction and the ability to self-retract. This provides flexibility as the object strapped with the lanyard no longer needs to be actually removed before use. Identification cards may now be presented (or used digitally) without removing them from the strap as they can retract back to their original position.
This retracting tool’s evolution seems to be headed towards exciting directions. Some lanyards have become pseudo-measuring devices as the strap has now merged with measuring symbols. Other lanyards can also transform into another tool. With the hook attached to the retractable chamber, one can create contraptions that could temporarily help in tasks like holding objects together or drawing geometric outlines.
With new technology also comes new ways to preserve and protect the environment. Modern ways of processing and production have allowed materials to be created using environment-friendly machines – those that produce less pollution and use less of the Earth’s raw materials. Even recycled materials can be processed again in order to make raw materials for lanyards like straps, fibers, and even metallic hooks and buttons. Alternatively, lanyards, particularly those that have succumbed to wear, can be used to create new things – those skilled in the arts are more than capable of transforming these broken cords into useful objects.
When it comes to lanyards, there are many possibilities and many more are being researched – not just on the product itself but on the applications that can be used alongside it. In the field of medicine, medication and regulation could soon be achieved by merely wearing lanyards. These accessories are currently being studied, particularly their potential to become tools to measure human vitals and to provide insights on treatment even before the doctors arrive.
The materials used for lanyards could also save someone’s life; new products today, particularly those used in extreme sports and armed combat, come with lanyards made of Kevlar. These cords could provide protection and even serve as a rope during the most critical of scenarios. With all of these, one thing becomes clear – a lanyard can make lives easier and better in the future.
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