December 2011: The 100 Best Innovations of the Year

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Lytro Light-Field Cameras

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How to Lift 3,500 Tons
Jon Khachaturian began his career putting offshore oil rigs in place. Now he pulls them back out

Keeping Heads Above Water
Shane Dorian nearly died while surfing. Now he's making the sport safer with a fast-inflating wetsuit

Making Gadgets Great
Joi Ito was an early investor in Flickr,, Twitter and Kickstarter. Now, as the new director of the MIT Media Lab, he's applying his digital savvy to innovating in the material world

The One-Cent Solution
How a chemist and a doctor found a much cheaper way to diagnose disease


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