Best Inventions of 2012

Time Magazine just released their Best Invention of 2012. In this article they list their favorite 26 inventions that are going to change the way we live and play.

Here my favorite top 3.


1. LiquiGlide

Five MIT students and their professor Kripa Varanasi have come up with a way to make a surface that anything will slide off—from ketchup out of bottles to ice off airplane wings. The plant-based product adds a microscopic slippery coating to almost any material—glass, ceramic, metal or plastic.

I’m so excited about this. Do you know how much time and energy I’ve wasted getting ketchup to come out of the bottle????



2. Self-Inflating Tires
As soon as the pressure in these Goodyear tires (which don’t have an official retail price yet) gets too low, they know it. An internal pressure regulator opens to allow air to flow into a pumping tube, and as the wheel turns, the flattened part helps squeeze air from the tube through an inlet valve into the tire. Once the air pressure hits an optimal level, the regulator closes—all without the driver’s realizing anything was wrong.
I don’t think I’ve ever checked my tire pressure one single time unless my tire was absolutely flat, so I need all the help I can get.
3. Wingsuit Racing

Flying humans wearing batlike suits competed in October in the first ever Wingsuit Flying World Championship in China. Participants descended from 5,000-ft. (1,500 m) cliffs, glided through a valley course and eventually parachuted down, covering about 3⁄4 of a mile (more than a kilometer) in about 30 seconds. The winner: South African Julian Boulle—one of just 20 people currently qualified to compete—who finished in 23.41 sec., a world record.

Yes Please!! Now I know what I’m asking Santa to bring me this year!
What’s one invention we don’t have yet that would make your life easier or more fun?

8 Responses to “Best Inventions of 2012”

  1. Frank says:

    Not sure about the LiquiGlide for ketchup, as getting ketchup out of the bottle is about all the exercise I get. However de-icing the truck windshield each morning would be a great use for the LiquiGlide.

    As for inventions a large screen dual channel TV. You could sit in the same room with someone, and from one angle I can watch Monday Night Football & from a different angle the wife could watch…say…’The Voice’. More importantly I wouldn’t have to watch ‘The Voice’. The sound could be handled by headphones.

    As for the winged suit, you probably don’t need that “You’ll put your eye out”!

    • Pete Wilson says:

      Good call Frank!! I like the de-icing idea.

    • Trav says:

      The sound would best be handled by hypersonic speakers (directional sound). The angle your show can be viewed from, will be the only direction the sound will be heard from. Your wife can watch ‘The Voice’, without you hearing the voices. I’ve always wondered why we don’t have holographic surface TVs, ever since I was a kid pulling holographic cards out of Cracker Jack boxes. The technology of today is ripe for such applications, visually and audibly.

  2. Melissa says:

    Those tires are seriously cool. My idea would be either self-cleaning carpets or self-cleaning bathrooms. I’ve seen video of a self-cleaning public toilet; I just want a larger version.

  3. Tre Lawrence says:

    LiquiGlide? Awesomeness. Yet something else I could have patented. In about 20 years, I could have sued myself into retirement.

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