Every year the world’s biggest companies compete to release a new range of innovative gadgets, each one hoping to be the next ‘big thing’ to revolutionize our lives. We’ve selected the best inventions that are already making a difference in the world, be it for the better, smarter or just a little more fun. From personal drones to super computers, these inventions may surprise you, and they’ll certainly make the future look closer. Whilst we’re sure you’ll admire #6, it is #2 that made us laugh out loud!
46. Bio Robot Refrigerator
The Bio Robot Refrigerator utilizes a special gel-like substance that suspends and cools food once inserted. This odorless, non-sticky cooling gel will keep your food chilled and safe until you need it again. It might take a while to get used to though as it looks like something out of an alien movie.
45. Camera Translator
You might already have this on your phone. Google Translate app lets you scan any text. After the camera recognizes it, it translates the words into any language of your liking. It is a fantastic piece of tech which is almost disturbing. However, we need it now more than ever.
44. Audio Tooth Implant
The Audio Tooth Implant is a radical new concept in personal communication. A miniature audio output device and receiver are implanted into the tooth during routine dental surgery. These offer a form of electronic telepathy as the sound information resonates directly into the consciousness. Is this really happening?
43. Self-Sanitizing Door Handle
Self-Sanitizing door handles could have a lot of benefits in many applications. Imagine installing these in public places like toilets and in hospitals. It would considerably lower germ transfer. The system apparently kills more than 99 percent of the germs.
42. 1,000 Horsepower Electric Car
The Faraday Future FFZERO1 electric concept car is a 1,000 horsepower beast that incorporates a smartphone into the steering wheel and has an internet connected dashboard. What will the Chinese think of next?
41. Artificial Pancreas
In order for people with diabetes to stay healthy, they must continually check their blood sugar and adjust it with insulin injections or snacks. Medtronic’s latest device, the MiniMed 670G, better known as the “artificial pancreas,” measures users blood-sugar levels every five minutes, providing more insulin or withholding it as needed.
40. Folding Bike Helmet
Now here’s a product that has mass appeal. ‘Morpher’ is a bike helmet made from inter-weaved plastics that is just as strong as traditional helmets, but flexible enough to fold almost totally flat, making it simple and compact to transport. This genius invention solves one of the main problems faced by cyclists, of having to carry around a bulky old helmet.
39. Self-Lacing Shoes
Almost everyone who sees Back to the Future wants three things: a time-traveling DeLorean, a hoverboard and a pair of self-lacing shoes. Now, thanks to Nike, the shoe dream is a reality. When wearers press a button near the tongue, the HyperAdapt 1.0s automatically tighten and loosen around their foot.
38. Prosthetic Eye That Records
OK so prosthetic eyes are actually a thing now? Yep, they really exists and it can wirelessly transfer pictures. Film producer Rob Spence created ‘Eyeborg’ and can actually record a 3-minute video from time to time and radio transmit the images. Is it too much?
37. Home 3D Printer
3D printing has emerged as a very beneficial piece of technology for some time but now we have the capability to print out almost anything needed at home. As the technology gets better, we can expect high-end 3D printers getting ever cheaper and see these in most homes.
36. Robot Restaurant
Welcome to Robot Restaurant – an automated fast food restaurant that has no servers, no wait staff and a virtual cashier that offers fresh food. Customers place their orders at an interactive kiosk and then pick up their food at a first-of-its-kind automated food pick-up system that features a collection of glass door ‘cubbies’ with personalized graphics that open to reveal your meal.
35. Recycle Paper Into Pencils
If you often find yourself searching for a pencil, then this clever little device will keep well stocked by quickly producing them from simple office waste paper. Quite a neat little recycling device.
34. Experience Helmet
The Experience Helmet is designed to enable a person to hear their own brainwaves. It makes use of an electroencephalography (EEG) sensor that records any electrical activity taking place, which is then converted into sounds that reflect their state of mind.
33. Automatic Cocktail Maker
Now for one of our favorites on the list – A perfect appliance for those who love entertaining at home, the Somabar automatic cocktail maker is your perfect personal bartender. Capable of churning out up to 300 different types of cocktails, just connect the machine with your smart phone, add the ingredients and voila, your cocktail is ready.
32. Transparent TV
This very sleek new TV combines the LCD technology we are all used to with the latest TOLED display technology (transparent organic light emitting display). TOLED displays can be emitted from the bottom of the device, the top of the device, or both.
31. Soli – Gesture-Sensing Device
Modern cars have gesture tracking technology that enable the driver to order a command just by hand gesture. Now, Google, along with a small team, is working on an invention called the Soli. It is a sensor which tracks movements and can be installed on almost any other device.
30. Nursing Care Robot
Scientists from RIKEN have developed a new experimental nursing care robot called ROBEAR. The robot is capable of performing tasks such as shifting a patient from a bed to a wheelchair and providing assistance to a patient who needs help to stand up. This could reduce the need for nurses to manually handle patients.
Knocki is a device that can potentially make any surface “smart” and be controlled remotely. The device lets you program any surface to respond to touch and activate a function. For example, you could simply tap a table and turn on the lights.
Who needs a Fitbit when you can have a BrainBit. The new device is worn as a headband and uses electrodes to sense its wearer’s emotional state.
27. LG OLED Display
LG has introduced an 18 inch paper thin OLED display that is flexible enough to be rolled up like a newspaper. It has a 1200×810 ppi resolution and could be used to give e-readers a more portable option in the future.
26. Sensorwake Alarm Clock
In the attempt of waking you up in a pleasant way, the $109 Sensorwake “olfactory” alarm clock releases different scents like coffee, chocolate, peppermint and even smells from the ocean.
Well I guess we could have expected this product coming to market sooner or later. The PitPat is a wearable fitness tracker for you pet dog. That’s right, the PitPat clips onto your pet’s collar, tracks their daily activity and relays it straight to your smart phone.
24. Self-Driving Car
Driverless cars have been on the drawing board for quite some time but actually hit the road this year in a series of live testing. We can expect self-driving, electric cars and in-vehicle entertainment systems to be a major focus of manufacturers in the coming years.
Drones have become increasingly popular this year but one of the stand out releases is the ONAGOfly. Easily surpassing it’s goal of $1.1m on fundraising platform IndieGogo, the $199 drone can automatically follow it’s owner and record high definition video as it goes.
3D scanning start-up company MyCaptR uses an iPad app to draw a three dimensional picture of a room in as little as a few minutes, giving users options and ideas on how to remodel or furnish their home.
21. Fitbit Blaze
Fitness tracker Company Fitbit entered into the smartwatch space this year with the Fitbit Blaze. Although being $200 cheaper than an Apple watch and claiming to have a 5 day battery life, consumers weren’t very impressed. That was reflected in a 12% drop in share price soon after the product launch.
The OMbra is a high-tech sports bra that contains biometric trackers within a breathable fabric to give ultimate support to the woman’s breasts during exercise. Of course all the data collected is sent directly to your smartphone.
Stated to be the “unforgettable umbrella”, the Oombrella sends an alert to your smart phone when it’s about to start raining so you are always left dry.
18. Family Hub Refrigerator
The latest smart fridge from Samsung, The Family Hub, features a huge inbuilt touchscreen and voice control capabilities for checking the expiry dates of your food and then automatically ordering new supplies.
17. Mio Slice
Unlike the majority of personal tackers on the market, the Mio Slice will not count your daily steps but takes things one step further and deploys a Personal Activity Intelligence (PAI) score. It is the new standard of trackers and takes into account your heart rates (resting and exercising) together with your age and gender for a more accurate measure of activity and progress.
16. Running Music
Do you need some more motivation when running on the treadmill? Well if you don’t like choosing your own music you can use Technogym’s ‘running music’ technology which uses the pace of your run to select songs with the appropriate tempo to match your running.
This is the new 26.5 inch Blink-Board that is controlled by your smartphone and can reach speeds of up to 15 miles per hour. With hoverboard sales on the decline, this might just be a fun alternative.
14. Super Computer
Drive PX2 is a super computer for Nvidia and said to have the power 150 times that of a Macbook Pro. Built for driverless cars, the company says that amount of power is necessary in order to perceive and adapt to the road.
13. The Oura
The Oura is a wearable ring designed to track sleep patterns and activity throughout the day and relays advice on how to rest your body better. It takes the idea of fitness tracing bands and watches to a new level.
12. Parrot’s Disco
Unlike the most common rotary drones, Parrot’s Disco utilizes a fixed wing design and can fly for about forty five minutes whilst recording high-definition video.
11. Household Robot
This is the Haier Ubot robot, a small electronic helper designed to communicate with your washing machine and refrigerator. Controlled by sound and specializing in household management, the robot also senses gas leaks, intruders and even tells bedtime stories to your kids.
10. Auto Passenger Drone
This is the EHang 184, an autonomous passenger drone with a helicopter style design. It’s makers claim that it can travel up to ten miles and fold up to sit in a normal car parking spot.
9. Levitating Light Bulb
For a long time Simon Morris has been obsessed with making objects that float in midair. He’s applying his passion to his latest product, Flyte, a lightbulb that relies on electromagnetism to levitate and spin, and on resonant inductive coupling, a technical term for wireless power transmission in order to shine.
8. Solar Roof Tiles
In a product line out of collaboration between Tesla and Solar City, the ‘Solar Roof’ will be available in 2017. The solar roof tiles are designed to fit together like traditional roof tiles whilst also harnessing the power of the sun. The potential market for these is enormous with over 5 million Americans installing new roofs every year, some may be looking to make the shift to solar.
7. PlayStation VR
Sony’s PlayStation VR, is providing an experience that gamers are calling ‘the most intense, most extreme’ action they’ve ever had. Designed to work with the PlayStation 4 casual customers also have an easy way to experience virtual reality without forking out thousands of dollars for a computer capable of handing the speeds necessary for VR.
6. Tires That Spin in All Directions
As companies race to develop self-driving cars, tire company Goodyear is reinventing the wheel. It’s spherical concept tire allows cars to move in many new directions, including sideways into a parallel parking space and at specific angles and speeds to counteract slippery surfaces.
5. Cannabis That Could Replace pills
California-based Hmbldt has designed a new line of cannabis vaporizer pens. When inhaled, the pens dispense a dose of cannabis oil that the Company says has been chemically engineered to make people feel a certain way—calm, sleepy, relieved of pain—without getting high. As more states legalize medical marijuana, and more studies show that it does have merits, products like this could become increasingly common.
4. Ikea All-Purpose Shelter
Last year, the Ikea Foundation made headlines when they helped launch Better Shelter, a line of temporary houses equipped with features like door locks and solar panels – that could be shipped flat and assembled in under four hours, much like the retailer’s popular furniture. More than 16,000 units have been sent all over the world assisting refugees in particular.
3. Dyson Supersonic
Most notable for vacuums and fans, James Dyson has famously streamlined all kinds of air-centric appliances. Now he has set his sights on the hair dryer. Unlike traditional models, which Dyson dismisses as “noisy, heavy and not that fast,” the Supersonic does its job with remarkable efficiency whilst being inaudible to the human ear.
2. Fart Pill
OK, so I’m not too sure as to the validity of this pill but it made our list because it’s funny. Said to be made from 100 percent natural ingredients, Christian Poincheval, a 65-year-old Frenchman has created a pill that makes your fart smell like chocolates or flowers!
1. Touch-Free Thermometer
In recent years, many brands have started to make no-touch thermometers, which use infrared technology to measure core body temperature quickly and accurately. But one model stands out both for its design and its efficacy – Arc’s InstaTemp. Once the device is placed roughly an inch from a patient’s forehead, it spits out a temperature in 2.5 seconds.