Futuristic Inventions 2017

Here’s a list of 10 standout inventions picked from Time’s annual unranked list of best inventions. Making the cut is our favourite fidget spinner as well as a treat for ice cream lovers. Read ahead to find out more!

The gift of sight

Even though guide dogs and support canes are helpful for blind people to an extent, they cannot, eventually, mimic actual vision. But this very invention – eSight 3 – can. It records videos in high-definition and uses magnification, proprietary algorithms and contrast to enhance that imagery into something the blind are able to see and allows them to partake in different activities, which are otherwise off-limit for them. Even though the product is extremely pricey at $9,995 but is one invention that stands out this year.

The guilt-free dessert

How is that even possible! A low-sugar, flavour-packed ice cream with just 360 calories – per pint – sounds too good to be true. But Halo Top makes it possible, containers of which allow consumers to “go ahead, eat the whole pint” in one sitting and is claimed to be a “healthy” product by the company’s CEO, Justin Woolverton.

For the hijab-wearing Muslim athletes

At just U.S. $35, unlike a traditional hijab, the Pro is made with light, breathable fabric that wicks moisture; athletes who have used it report that it helps absorb sweat. But for the hijab-wearing Muslim women, particularly athletes, there is symbolic weight to Nike’s investment, as well. The Pro Hijab – which was put into development after executives met a UAE weight lifter Amna Al Haddad in 2016 – aims to accommodate women from all walks of life.

Keeps your coffee temperature in check

Clay Alexander, CEO and founder of Los Angeles–based Ember Technologies, invented the stainless-steel Ember mug. Reinforced in white ceramic coating, it keeps coffee or tea at a fixed temperature – anywhere from 120°F to 145°F, set through an app – for about an hour on its own and for an unlimited amount of time on its charging saucer. It’s the second in Ember’s series of smart drinking devices, following a temperature-control tumbler last year.

The DIY cooking companion

Ben Kaufman, head of BuzzFeed’s Product Labs, and his team came up with Tasty One Top, an induction cooktop that syncs with Buzzfeed Tasty’s smartphone app to guide would-be chefs through different recipes. A built-in sensor and companion thermometer track temperature, so the app can tell users when to flip a steak. The product is already a strong arsenal of recipes, spanning everything from cheeseburger onion rings to ice cream churro bowls.

Smart gaming console

In one form, Nintendo Switch is a handheld tablet that allows a single user to game on the go, while in the other, two controllers slide off from the sides, allowing multiple users to get in on the action. Once they get home, they can slide that tablet into a docking station and continue playing on a legitimate home console.

A smart Wi-Fi router

Unlike most Wi-Fi routers, which merely enable connectivity, the Core is designed to detect abnormalities; if one device is showing signs of a virus, the Core cuts it off from the rest of your home network. It also regularly updates its software to stay on top of new threats and keep homeowners safe and secure.

Click those dronies

This amazing invention helps take better photos, videos and dronies aka drone selfies. It is easier to operate, as its gesture recognition lets you control it with a wave of your hand, harder to crash, for an array of sensors help prevent midair collisions, it is priced at $499. According to its product manager Paul Pan, “We see Spark as the starting point of a whole new series of drones.”

Performance booster

Imagine a shoe that lets you run faster, pivot better and jump higher. That’s the idea behind the Futurecraft 4D, a new sneaker from Adidas whose midsole can be expertly tailored to the needs of its wearers – not only in size and shape, but also in flexibility, impact type, cushioning and more. The key is the 3-D printing process, which enables Adidas to “look at every single square millimeter of a midsole and tune it from a performance standpoint,” says Al VanNoy, who headed the project.

Made for the fidgety

The new cool thang! Fidget spinners are either a harmless distraction or wreaking havoc around the world. But in either case, there’s no denying their ubiquity. After the fidget cube manufacturers noticed more online searches with the word “fidget.” And that is when they flooded the market with spinners. By spring this year fidget spinners became a viral sensation, boosting year-over-year sales.