Best Inventions of the Year 2012

Robots, rovers and the rest of 2012's most important innovations, from the affordable to the extreme

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tomy_thom
tomy_thom

But is this thing reliable? I mean I think people need to prove somewhaere else if in case this shows false positive or negative result. I know a site that will do the testimg privately and give you the result securely: http://fwrd.pw/stdchk

gelosoil
gelosoil

fancy piece of kit that is of no use for noone.too heavy,too expensive too slow,too everything wrong....especvially the way of presentation.5 liters a day with what syn hours?with what conditions?at which latitude?spare me the buzz...someone is looking again to make profit from the poor guys..someone rich .and westerner....oh man.enough.

shutup218
shutup218

nice article, the indoor cloud is really not useful. check out more fun stuff at www.spacewhat.com

paul.bourdette
paul.bourdette

Cela c'est incroyable. J'aimerais bien trouver ce type de pneu à Laval. Est-ce qu'il y a des entreprises comme http://www.pneusdk.ca/pneus.html qui les font? Je pense que cela serait très pratique et aiderait beaucoup de gens.

DanDumitrache
DanDumitrache

If we can clone animals then creating a simple cloud must be really easy.

nazzy
nazzy

this is a very intersting article...join us on unn.edu.ng

adminnic
adminnic

its no software is no effect of

adminnic
adminnic

only ignorant side mirrors
I had the same demonstration with my lenses vinuculares cobinados with my telescope vivitar

aimray
aimray

Now I'm confused! In order to drive a screw, doesn't the driver need to be perfectly aligned axially? Anyone who has actually driven a screw would know that "tilting the driver a mere quarter of an inch" is enough to strip the screw head and damage the bit. Besides, have we now tired of pushing a button on a power tool? Why not just skip to "thinking" the screw in place - telepathically.

PhilBlank
PhilBlank

I've done this in my home with a big pot of water on the stove when its freezing outside.

There was so much moisture in the air that it condensed on the cold walls and ran down as water.

freddykruger
freddykruger

i like element 131 that has not been synthesized yet. it in the argon matrix maybe what the world is looking for for a really stable dimensional matrix for faster than light communication.

Shahram
Shahram

cant wait to see "the jerk" effect once people realize they will have a lazy eye after years of use.

SyNcRoNiQ
SyNcRoNiQ

Create a version with lightning and you have yourself a badass home protection system.

phillipkent
phillipkent

The cloud isn't as interesting after reading it's made with a fog machine... 

Postal
Postal

Its pretty good thing and its future of communication but the price is big 

Tomi
Tomi

Can you share more information about the Bounce Imaging and its inventors?

Thanks.

lalbert
lalbert

Most prefer "deaf" not "hearing impaired" - hearing impaired can be seen as pretty offensive. Just a heads up.

MuhammadIbrahim
MuhammadIbrahim

Hi

I am currently studying BA product design in my final year at university. I have experience working with3d CAD, Rendering, producing presentation boards etc.
For my final personal project I was looking to produce presentation boards from existing inventions.
So is there an opportunity for me to work on some of your ideas and designs and transfer them onto a finished presentation board?

I have an example of a product i worked on with a client which became very successful and aired on BBC. Look forward to hear from you!

Thank you
Muhammad
ibz000@msn.com
07814278891

Toni
Toni

1. project templates (with an option to use expert utility to evolve simple solutions for connecting different data types, selecting other sphere types, ...),

2. different classes of user modules based upon what node the sphere was generated from,

3. user modules related to the option node the sphere is currently linked to (based upon data types, commonly connected, ...),

4. constraints statistics (timing between selected spheres {each sphere is connected to a node} data types,...),

5. documentation (requirements management {how this function meets the requirements in the SOW with links from/to Word/DOORS/other management software/documents}, notes on intended functionality, a hierarchical listing of functional notes for use in printing and a connected bubble matrix that allows the auditor to see the intents of the logic used to develop the user project,

6. ...et al The intent is to make an intuitive graphical interface where the mouse hover (in any human interface) is used to its most useful utility; intuitively evolving pathways towards a goal.

Toni
Toni

Sphere types would change based upon a group of sphere soft-buttons and hover selectors. The format would be compatible with touch screens, mice, flying mice, HUD (currently much greater resolution and an immersed environment with inertial sensors to approach the limits of human vision), camera sensed hand gestures... a shared development forum for individuals to submit their tweaks (aps for a price, with specific application development being paid for review and inclusion by APP product advertising).


A virtual sphere contains hover linked information as lists to quickly evolve new spheres and pathways of development. When the spheres are connected properly the sphere changes color for visual reinforcement and positive psychological motivation. The virtual spheres are then optionally converted into simple graphical components and connectors in the sphere background for 2D printout. Types of virtual spheres would include:
 

Toni
Toni

How to use Virtual Reality productively (continued)

Proposed are 5D spheres that map ports of "interrelationships" between user modules, with hover sphere size latency and hierarchical positioning so that large numbers of spheres can be organized on a single or multiple monitors (virtual HUD displays). The five dimensional spheres would have graphical dimensions of color, size, deforming shape (varying opacity, geometric shape, local magnification), virtual buttons, interactive documentation(links, voice to text,text to voice, facial gesture recognition...).


Bumping spheres automatically identifies ports of compatible datatypes with suggestions for converting datatypes. I'm sure you can think of other virtual sphere relationships that can be manipulated to provide an enjoyable/useful/unique graphic experience while working.

The concept is to have context sensitive different sphere types that can evolve a new sphere in which to search, review, voice to text document, and "tentatively" interconnect and lock functionality of the user modules (in simplest terms, flowchart components) AND related options.

Toni
Toni

How to use Virtual Reality productively

Productivity User Interface Suggestion:


Drop-down menus are 2D and hide "next-step" information. Also, as of present, there were no psychological ergonomic motivators in user-interfaces of software. Video Games sell because of the strategic psychological positive and negative feedback experienced; the joy of using their software.


http://www.unco.edu/cebs/psychology/kevinpugh/motivation_project/resources/graham_weiner96.pdf


 Create a graphical "parallel module set" selection interface. The intent is that productivity software uses extensive dropdown menus to create a setup for implementation of some complex tasking; as does gaming.  Similarly, an extension of present user interfaces needs VR development for a front end for user developed products like LabView (ni.com), AutoCAD, network design, software design (Eclipse IDE), power distribution troubleshooting... flowchart creation.


A VR user interface needs development to make software interfaces much more engaging, allowing greater numbers of logical steps to be implemented in less time, while at the same time being more intuitive.

At one time, we coded software with binary.  Evolving into a VR environment is a natural progression.

Bina808
Bina808

I love it, but what makes it special to the year of 2012. What makes it the best?

edages
edages

Wonderful idea. NYC could have used this during Hurricane Sandy.

Russell
Russell

Today's problems were the solution to yesterday's problems.

The day-before-yesterday's problem was how to creates a container that would restrict the flow of sauce, jelly, hair shampoo out of its container without smothering your sausages, your slice or bread or your child in the bath with the contents of the container. The solution was to design a container with a narrow neck to restrict the egress of the container's contents.

Yesterday's problem was how to get a reasonable quantity of the contents of the container with the narrow neck out of the container without having to apply excessive force, and possible unintended consequence. The solution was to line the container with a slippery coating that allowed the contents of the narrow-container to flow freely out of the container.

Today's problem is to create a container that will restrict the flow of sauce, jelly, hair shampoo out of its container without smothering your sausages, your slice or bread or your child in the bath with the contents of the container. The solution is ...


david.latapie
david.latapie

I worry about the evironmental impact (even it is made out of algae.

hifi_hi
hifi_hi

Awesome Job Portal on Social ATS www.recruit4job.com

JorgeTygerBloodSheen
JorgeTygerBloodSheen

ima skip the Google Glass and stick to my tablet

maybe when the "Computer Contact Lens" comes out ill join the party

duyentures
duyentures

Amazing inventions, especially the indoor clouds, enable talk gloves, and google glass.

traube7595
traube7595

make this as heavy duty device for techs, builders, chemicals, medics. Trend of the future - rlly usefull device for the real work, this is not only for glamour butterflies.  ))

s_peek
s_peek

Really interesting list, we like the "enable talk gloves" for hearing-impaired people, great!

carbellina
carbellina

why is this the invention of 2012 when we can buy it 2014?

Qblaze
Qblaze

@Postal I don't think that is so much the projected cost as much as it's what developers paid to preview Glass, but I could be wrong.

YadGadge
YadGadge

@lalbertI've read up on this topic a bit and I don't think "most" think that, some do but not most. And some find deaf offensive, and some find hard of hearing offensive. There's really no right way that won't offend anyone. I think if the person/article saying it wasn't meant to be offensive it shouldn't be taken that way.

YouTubeInventor
YouTubeInventor

@carbellina Why is this the invention of 2012 when it was invented in 2005 by a bunch of other people who aren't even mentioned here?

CatAstrophy
CatAstrophy

@carbellina Because when something is invented and when it is available to consumers are two different things. Clearly lucky individuals have been using the product in full this year. It's just not mass-marketable yet.