5 Cool Inventions from TIME’s New ’50 Best Inventions’ Issue

Hitting newsstands shortly, TIME's "50 Best Inventions" issue spotlights some of the most amazing new ideas and innovations from the past year. If you're a TIME subscriber, you can already see the article online right here. Of course, many of the inventions highlighted are infused with a heaping helping of technology and, as such, have made appearances here on Techland over the course of the year. Here's a look at five of them from the 50 that made the cut.

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marker
marker

why I can  not see  the  picture?~

AbaDablam
AbaDablam

I really love the satellite-based hand-driven sandcastle machine ;-)

Tantrum829
Tantrum829

Siri is not a new invention. Like another person posted, Siri is Iris spelled backwards and it was running on other mobile platforms way before Apple even got into the smartphone business Nothing apple does is new! I'm surprised they aren't taking credit for inventing mobile maps now that they released a their own maps app and we have all seen how good that works. Follow where the maps take you and you will drive off a cliff! I'm all for competition but apple is way overrated and I was an Iphone owner because I wanted to try it out and it was a miserable experience being on a limited and closed OS .Even after jailbreaking my phone felt locked down. Year after year they come out with these big, overrated announcements about devices, apps, and features that have been around for years on other devices running Android, Windows Phone and even some features that we saw way back on Windows Mobile. People need to stop being ignorant and Istupid and do some reading and research and see for themselves that Apple products are overpriced, overrated and is not the cutting edge of technology, Apple just copies from others, say its their baby and markets the hell out of it.

gracechiou88
gracechiou88

I hope to see photos from the entire 50 Best Inventions on Time online.  And I think holographic mapping could be used as a visual aid in geology classes or in military training programs.

JFrostington
JFrostington

Siri backwards = Iris. "Siri" wasn't invented, it was stolen, purchased, and capitalized.

dcappo
dcappo

HAHA Siri a "Cool" invention...More like a joke