Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The 25 Best Inventions of 2013

Calling all product designers, Time Tech have produced their yearly Top 25 Best Inventions! Wondering what will make the cut?

First let's see what their criterias are for a "great invention":

'What makes an invention great? Sometimes it solves a problem you didn’t think could be solved. Skyscrapers can’t turn invisible. Pens can’t write in midair. Paraplegics can’t walk. Except now they can. And sometimes an invention solves a problem you didn’t know you had. Maybe you didn’t realize you needed to eat a doughnut and a croissant at the same time, or resurrect an extinct frog, or turn your entire body into a living password. Now you do.'

So let's see the top 5 put together for us this year:

#1. The Driverless (Toy) Car, a $200 game in
which toy cars can drive themselves.

#2. A “lightbox”: a 20-by-10-ft. (6 by 3 m) structure covered with 196 panels of 4,096 LED bulbs each
to simulate the extreme light in outer space, created for the film Gravity.

#3. Alcoholic Coffee
The Sony QX Smart Lens photographing a vase of yellow flowers for the 2013 best inventions package. Photo Credit: Andrew B. Myers for TIME
#4. Sony DSC-QX100, which clips onto your phone
or can work remotely.
#5. The cronut - made of croissant-style pastry that’s fried like a doughnut,
filled with cream and topped with glaze

To find out more about the next 20 inventions on their list, check out the Time Tech blog post here.