Recently Time Magazine released it’s “Best Inventions of the Year 2012” list. This list consists of 25 great inventions, ranging in price from an estimated $.25 to $2.5 billion, and that’s just taking into consideration the items that aren’t classified. In this post I’ll share with you my top 9 in no particular order, but I would urge you to browse through all 25 because there were some really cool innovations in 2012.
1. LiquiGlide, How many times have you stared at a bottle of Ketchup waiting for it to come out? How often have you had to scrape ice off the windshield of your car in the freezing cold so you can go about your business? It happens all the time. Well, we’re all in luck. Five MIT students and their professor Kripa Varanasi have come up with a plant- based product to make a surface that anything will slide off of. Your french fries will never go Ketchup-less again.
2. Indoor Clouds, Yes- clouds that are indoors. Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde has developed a way to create a small, perfect white cloud indoors by creating a room with the perfect temperature, humidity and lighting. It is said to last only a few moments but looking at the picture below, it seems worth it.
3. Eliodomestico Solar Water Distiller, I foresee this solar powered distiller created by Gabriele Diamanti helping millions of people who don’t have access to fresh and clean water all over the world, especially with a price tag of only $50.00
4. Self-inflating tires, Another invention to save your day! As soon as the pressure in these Goodyear tires gets too low an internal pressure regulator opens to allow air to flow into a pumping tube, squeezing air through an inlet valve into the tire.
5. Google Glass, I actually remember the day this was released into the public. I watched a video and couldn’t believe it was real. Google Glass is a computer built into the frame of a pair of glasses that allow users to take and share photos, video chat, talk, look at maps and the web, all while you’re wearing them and strolling around.
6. The Deepsea Challenger Submarine, With so much of the ocean still undiscovered, I find this invention really exciting. And, shark week will never be the same. Designed by filmmaker James Cameron, the 12 ton, 24 foot long submarine is able to descend about 7 miles below the surface.
7. Wingsuit Racing, These are bat-like suits that allow humans to fly. The first competition was in October in China where participants descended from 5,000 ft. cliffs, glided through a valley course and eventually parachuted down, covering about 3⁄4 of a mile in about 30 seconds. This is just wild.
8. Enable Talk Gloves, These are gloves that allow people with speech and hearing impairments to communicate with people who don’t understand sign language. Invented by four Ukrainian students, the gloves have sensors that recognize sign language and translate it into text and then spoken words through smart phones. Again, a really cool invention and idea that has a component which will serve many people throughout the world.
9. The Curiosity Rover, Last but certainly not least is the Curiosity, which landed on Mars in August. Time Magazine writes, “But it was how it got there that really made the machine sublimely cool: the rover was lowered to the ground on cables by a hovering capsule, touching down balletically in preparation for two years of exploration.” I couldn’t agree more.