Each year the folks at Time magazine unleash their take on what are the top 50 best inventions for the year. After looking at the list, I took what I feel are the top 4 listed. Top inventions, IMO, are not only some type of new gadget that is here today and gone tomorrow. The invention to me that is most valuable is the invention that has a life changing experience and will impact consumers for years to come.
1. The Apple iPad is one such device that will impact our lives the most. This tablet computer not only changes our minds on what a computer does and looks like, but is also simple and intuitive to use. I have had several opportunities to use the Apple iPad and it is impressive in the way it functions, but most of all, it is a device that was built from the ground up. Products in the past they were touted as tablets per se, were nothing more than Windows stuffed inside a case. Apple took the time to build something in which the hardware and software were in fact, revolutionary.
2. Google’s driver-less car. The prediction of a car being driven by itself, was predicted some 50 years ago. In fact if I recall correctly, by the 1960s this was going to be the new normal for driving. A car that was controlled by sensors under the roadway in which the occupants entered the destination they wished to go and off the car went. The technology was going to totally eliminate accidents, or so the theory went. But in reality, some testing has been done, but not on the scale that Google is doing it. Google has actually taken the vehicle on the roads of the S.F. Bay Area and has let the car drive itself for some 150,000 miles. My guess is that it will be another 50 years before a driver-less car becomes the norm.
3. The Power-Aware cord. Most of us read the power consumption specifications that come with most electrical devices that we purchase. If you are like myself, these numbers really don’t mean much, unless the power requirements are extremely high. Case in point. I just bought a new home freezer and was impressed with the energy requirement of only $30 a year. But wonder if we could actually see power being used? In steps the Power-Aware cord. The more energy that is used, the more the spiral spins. The cord could help all of us save on energy.
4. The Antro electric car. Fresh from Hungary and coming in 2012 is the Antro electric car. This mini 3 seater features something we Americans could use. Exercising while you drive. The passengers in the Antro pedal the ultra light vehicle which also comes equipped with an auxiliary electric motor. Need more space for a larger family? Just hook two of the Antro vehicles together. The best part is that the electric motor runs off of solar panels, so no charging is required.
These are my 4 top inventions for 2010.
What are your picks?